Evaluation of visual display surfaces by real users early in the design stage

J Rodger Harris, Marlene B Harris, Dieter Th Henskes

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Groups of non-computer scientists were tested to evaluate the potential of an as yet non-existent interactive terminal with a screen diagonal of one meter. A simulated large image terminal provided limited realistic interactions using software developed to give close proximity to the predicted visual effect. Subjective responses from 101 subjects were elicited from a questionnaire designed to evaluate specific aspects of the "terminal" in use. From this data, two types of screen (lenticular and plain) and two types of interaction devices (touch and remote pointer) were analyzed experimentally using a two-way factorial design. Potential end-users provided positive feedback concerning future use of the Large Image Terminal. Building a realistic mock-up revealed screen contaminations which would not have been discovered until a much later stage. Although statistical analysis of screen evaluations was equivocal, the questionnaire was sufficiently penetrating to separate the positive and negative features. This methodology was invaluable in guiding the design process. © 1991 Springer.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)112-130
Number of pages19
JournalCurrent Psychological Research and Reviews
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - Jun 1990


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