Revisiting Graspable User Interfaces - A Design Process for Developing User Interface Metaphors.

Mandy Keck, Esther Lapczyna, Rainer Groh

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The use of metaphors can support the understanding of novel interfaces approaches and increase the ease of use. But the design of novel holistic and adaptable metaphors is still challenging for interface designers. While most literature provides no systematic instruction for metaphor design or recommend to use a repertoire of known metaphors, we present a method that focuses on the generation of new metaphors based on the analysis and abstraction of everyday objects and the separate analysis of the given problem domain. Several methods of the field of human-computer interaction and traditional design support these analyzes. The methods presented in this paper are suitable especially for graspable user interfaces and illustrated by examples from several workshops.

Original languageEnglish
Number of pages12
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventHCI Internation 2014: Design, User Experience, and Usability. Theories, Methods, and Tools for Designing the User Experience, DUXU 2014 - Kreta, Greece
Duration: 22 Jun 201427 Jun 2014


ConferenceHCI Internation 2014
Abbreviated titleHCII 2014


  • Graspable User Interfaces
  • Interface design method
  • Metaphor design
  • Operation metaphor
  • Rapid prototyping


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