Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

Designing Glanceable Peripheral Displays

Tara Lynn Matthews, Jodi Forlizzi and Stacie Rohrbach

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/EECS-2006-113
September 7, 2006

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2006/EECS-2006-113.pdf

In this paper, we present a multi-faceted exploration of glanceable design. We seek answers to the question how do we design peripheral, visual displays that are highly glanceable? By glanceable, we mean enabling users to understand information quickly and easily. Glanceability is critical to peripheral display design because users need to quickly glance at and read displayed information with minimal interruption to their primary task. Our contributions are a taxonomy of visual variables and a set of design principles for using the visual variables to accomplish glanceable design. Our design principles are derived from interviews of experienced designers, a case study designing many variations of an email peripheral display using our visual variables, and a literature survey.


BibTeX citation:

@techreport{Matthews:EECS-2006-113,
    Author = {Matthews, Tara Lynn and Forlizzi, Jodi and Rohrbach, Stacie},
    Title = {Designing Glanceable Peripheral Displays},
    Institution = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {2006},
    Month = {Sep},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2006/EECS-2006-113.html},
    Number = {UCB/EECS-2006-113},
    Abstract = {In this paper, we present a multi-faceted exploration of glanceable design. We seek answers to the question how do we design peripheral, visual displays that are highly glanceable? By glanceable, we mean enabling users to understand information quickly and easily. Glanceability is critical to peripheral display design because users need to quickly glance at and read displayed information with minimal interruption to their primary task. Our contributions are a taxonomy of visual variables and a set of design principles for using the visual variables to accomplish glanceable design. Our design principles are derived from interviews of experienced designers, a case study designing many variations of an email peripheral display using our visual variables, and a literature survey.}
}

EndNote citation:

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%A Rohrbach, Stacie
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