Applying Aristotle's Theory of Poetics to Design

Clarke, Steven, Jordan, Patrick and Cockton, Gilbert (1995) Applying Aristotle's Theory of Poetics to Design. In: Contemporary Ergonomics 1995. Taylor & Francis, London, pp. 139-144. ISBN 9780748403288

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In the book, 'Computers As Theatre', Laurel (1991) considers the potential contribution that Aristotle's theory of Poetics can make to software design. This paper reports a study in which Laurel's ideas were used as the basis for the design of an information retrieval system. There were two main research questions: did the principles outlined form a practical basis for making design decisions and did software designed according to these principles bring measurable benefits to the users? In order to address these questions a designer's experiences with applying the principles throughout the design of an information retrieval system were recorded and the usability of the finished system was compared to that of a 'traditionally' designed system via an empirical evaluation. The outcomes of this evaluation suggested a number of benefits in designing according to these principles - in particular in terms of making an interface more engaging and enjoyable to use. However, the designer felt that some of the principles outlined were difficult to translate into concrete design solutions.

Item Type: Book Section
Subjects: W200 Design studies
Department: Faculties > Arts, Design and Social Sciences > Design
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2016 11:59
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2019 19:40

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