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Towards culture-centred design

Shen, Siu-Tsen and Woolley, Martin and Prior, Stephen (2006) Towards culture-centred design. Interacting with Computers, 18 (4). pp. 820-852. ISSN 0953-5438

Type of Research: Article
Creators: Shen, Siu-Tsen and Woolley, Martin and Prior, Stephen

This paper addresses culturally rooted factors within user interface design. The design implications of globalisation are discussed, together with the related processes of internationalisation, localisation, ‘glocalisation’, iconisation and culturalisation, in order to establish a basis for a new approach to HCI design. The potential for a more diverse culture-centred, design-based system—‘Culture-Centred Design’ (CCD) is introduced, and a CCD process developed.

A redesigned computer interface, incorporating a consistent and culturally rooted metaphor for a Chinese user target group is discussed. A culturally specific ‘garden’ metaphor is developed and applied as an alternative to the current global ‘office’ or ‘desktop’ metaphor. A working demonstration of the interface is piloted with a group of Chinese users to assess its success in terms of interactivity, usability and cultural significance. The overall results of the first two evaluation phases have shown very positive outcomes for the use of the CCD system and Chinese garden metaphor.

Official Website: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.intcom.2005.11.014
Keywords/subjects not otherwise listed: Culture; Design process; Iconography; Metaphor; User-interface design; Human computer interaction (HCI)
Publisher/Broadcaster/Company: Elsevier
Your affiliations with UAL: Colleges > Central Saint Martins
Date: July 2006
Digital Object Identifier: 10.1016/j.intcom.2005.11.014
Date Deposited: 11 Aug 2011 11:54
Last Modified: 08 Oct 2015 05:57
Item ID: 4921
URI: https://ualresearchonline.arts.ac.uk/id/eprint/4921

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