Towards a Design Methodology for Applying Intuitive Interaction

Blackler, Alethea L., Popovic, Vesna, & Mahar, Douglas P. (2006) Towards a Design Methodology for Applying Intuitive Interaction. In Friedman, Ken, Love, Terence, Côrte-Real, Eduardo, & Rust, Chris (Eds.) WonderGround: 2006 Design Research Society International Conference, November 1-4 2006, Lisbon.


Intuitive interaction involves utilising knowledge gained through other products or experience(s). Therefore, products that people use intuitively are those with features they have encountered before. This position has been supported by experimental studies. The findings suggest that relevant past experience is transferable between products, and probably also between contexts, and performance is affected by a person’s level of familiarity with similar technologies. Appearance (shape, size and labelling of features) seems to be the variable that most affects intuitive uses. Using familiar labels and icons and possibly positions for buttons helps people to use a product quickly and intuitively the first time they encounter it. A set of principles and a conceptual tool have been developed based on the experimental work, with the aim of assisting designers in producing interfaces that are intuitive to use.

This paper offers an overview of this work, which has become the basis for an emerging design methodology for intuitive interaction. The principles and tool are explained and an initial trial of the tool is also described and the findings discussed.

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ID Code: 8146
Item Type: Conference Paper
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Please refer to the link above for access to the definitive, published version.
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Keywords: intuitive interaction, design methods, human factors and ergonomics, industrial design, human centred design
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > BUILT ENVIRONMENT AND DESIGN (120000) > DESIGN PRACTICE AND MANAGEMENT (120300) > Design Practice and Management not elsewhere classified (120399)
Divisions: Past > QUT Faculties & Divisions > Faculty of Built Environment and Engineering
Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Deposited On: 20 Jun 2007 00:00
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 13:28

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