Applying scenarios in user-centred design to develop a sketching interface for human modelling and animation

Mao, Chen, Qin, Sheng-feng, Wright, David and Peng, Jun (2006) Applying scenarios in user-centred design to develop a sketching interface for human modelling and animation. In: SBM'06 Proceedings of the Third Eurographics conference on Sketch-Based Interfaces and Modeling. Eurographics Association, Aire-la-Ville, pp. 147-156. ISBN 9781568813578

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Abstract

This paper presents our user and usability studies for applying scenarios in user-centred design to develop a sketching interface for virtual human modelling and animation. In this approach, we utilise the User Centred System Design (UCSD) strategy and spiral lifecycles to ensure system usability and functionalities. A series of usability techniques were employed. After the initial conceptual design, a preliminary user study (including questionnaires and sketching observations) was undertaken to establish the formal interface design. Second, an informal user test was conducted on the first prototype: a "sketch-based 3D stick figure animation interface". Finally, a formal user evaluation (including performance tests, sketching observations, and interviews) was carried out on the latest version: a "sketch-based virtual human builder". During this iterative process, various paper-based and electronic-based sketching scenarios were created, which were acted-out by users to help designers evoke and verify design ideas, identify users' needs, and test the prototype interfaces in real contexts. Benefiting from applying the UCSD strategy and scenario-based design to develop a natural and supportive sketching interface, our investigation can be a useful instantiation for the design of other sketching interfaces where these techniques have not been widely acknowledged and utilised in the past.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: G900 Others in Mathematical and Computing Sciences
W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > School of Design > Northumbria Design
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Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 21 Dec 2015 16:51
Last Modified: 21 Dec 2015 17:15
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/25166

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