Usagame - A new methodology to support user centered design of touchscreen applications

Pedro Vinagre, Isabel L. Nunes

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Abstract

Touchscreen mobile devices growth resulted in an explosion of the mobile applications. Focusing on touch mobile game applications this study aims to fulfill a research gap, creating appropriate usability guidelines for these applications. Concerns about usability, touch technologies, mobile devices and game testing, provided the background needs for this study. Initial game application tests allowed for the creation and implementation of such proposed usability guidelines into a support checklist (UsaGame), designed to help applications developers. An evaluation test was performed with 20 users in order to assess the validity of the proposed guidelines. Results from the test of the two builds from the same game application allowed comparisons that led to the assessment of the importance of some of the guidelines implemented into the application. Results suggested a usability improvement on the game application implemented with the guidelines. Furthermore results allowed commenting on all proposed usability guidelines.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationDesign, User Experience, and Usability: Design Philosophy, Methods, and Tools - Second International Conference, DUXU 2013, Held as Part of HCI International 2013, Proceedings
Pages620-629
Number of pages10
Volume8012 LNCS
EditionPART 1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2013
Event2nd International Conference on Design, User Experience, and Usability: Design Philosophy, Methods, and Tools, DUXU 2013, Held as Part of 15th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2013 - Las Vegas, NV, United States
Duration: 21 Jul 201326 Jul 2013

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 1
Volume8012 LNCS
ISSN (Print)03029743
ISSN (Electronic)16113349

Conference

Conference2nd International Conference on Design, User Experience, and Usability: Design Philosophy, Methods, and Tools, DUXU 2013, Held as Part of 15th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2013
CountryUnited States
CityLas Vegas, NV
Period21/07/1326/07/13

Keywords

  • Mobile Applications
  • Touch Mobile Devices
  • Usability Checklist
  • Usability Touch guidelines

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    Vinagre, P., & Nunes, I. L. (2013). Usagame - A new methodology to support user centered design of touchscreen applications. In Design, User Experience, and Usability: Design Philosophy, Methods, and Tools - Second International Conference, DUXU 2013, Held as Part of HCI International 2013, Proceedings (PART 1 ed., Vol. 8012 LNCS, pp. 620-629). (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); Vol. 8012 LNCS, No. PART 1). https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-39229-0_66