Building Interactive Prototypes of Mobile User Interfaces with a Digital Pen

Clemens Holzmann, Manuela Vogler

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Abstract

Paper prototyping is commonly used to identify usability problems in the early stages of user interface design, but it is not very well suited for the evaluation of mobile interfaces. The reason is that mobile applications are used in a rich real-world context, which is hard to emulate with a paper prototype. A more powerful technique is to test the design on a mobile device, but building a functional design prototype requires much more effort. In this paper, we try to get the best of both worlds by building interactive prototypes with a digital pen. We developed a system which allows for sketching a user interface on paper and manually associating the interface elements with functionality. This enables designers to bring their design ideas to paper without any restrictions, define the meaning of selected interface elements, and test them on a mobile device instantaneously. We conducted a user study in which the participants had to design and test a small application with our system. The results provide evidence for the feasibility and positive aspects of our approach, but also showed some limitations and missing functionalities of its current implementation.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationAPCHI'12 - Proceedings of the 2012 Asia Pacific Conference on Computer-Human Interaction
PublisherACM Press
Pages159-168
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)9781450314961
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2012
Event10th Asia Pacific Conference on Computer Human Interaction (APCHI 2012) - Matsue, Japan
Duration: 28 Aug 201231 Aug 2012
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Publication series

NameAPCHI'12 - Proceedings of the 2012 Asia Pacific Conference on Computer-Human Interaction

Conference

Conference10th Asia Pacific Conference on Computer Human Interaction (APCHI 2012)
CountryJapan
CityMatsue
Period28.08.201231.08.2012
Internet address

Keywords

  • Mobile interfaces
  • Paper prototyping
  • Pen-based computing

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