Handout 4: 1/18/06

Computer-Human Interaction
CPSC 436-500

Assignment 1: Interface scavenger hunt

Due Monday, January 23, 2006 (class presentation also)
Put your name and email addresses on materials turned in
Interface scavenger hunt (individual project)

Creating effective user interfaces can be difficult. Moreover, the desirable characteristics of an interface reflects external factors such as audience, task, and culture. This holds equally for computer-based and physically-based applications. Consequently, for any specific function, there are many different designs that can be used to allow access.

The assignment is to choose a specific function (computer or physical) and then to find two existing interface implementations that allow it to be carried out. Ideally, the two will be substantially different. Obtain images (e.g., screen dumps, photographs) of the implementations in use. Which of the implementations seems "better": why and for whom? Why do you think the different implementations are the way they are, especially the "worse" one?

What to turn in:

Evaluation criteria

Assignment 1 has two independent components to prepare, the presentation in class and the in-class presentation. The in-class presentations will all be done on the same day. There should be around 14 or 15 presentations, so each presentation will have to be limited to a few minutes in order to get through them all in the class period.

Oral presentation evaluation

The oral presentation evaluation criteria are:

Written report presentation