Archive for the 'HCI vs Web context' Category

05
Jan
11

Web Design Issues: Font and Colors

Font use is examined in some detail. If a web user doesn’t have extreme reading difficulties, resizing the page is a bad idea. Users prefer 12-14 point font mostly if there is no such problem as limiting information on the page. Another argument about font typing is sans serif fonts on the screen which is not as applicable as on the paper. Verdana and Arial is still typical preference of Web designers. An attractive font attracts attention. Women prefer curvy fonts although they are considered as less readable.

If color is concerned it is best to put limitation of its use. Women tend to prefer brighter and warmer colors then men if there is not lots of readings to be done on the screen which requires also a white background and black print. Moreover, warm colors like red are problematic if they are used as background color. Especially red-green combination should be avoided because it is the most common form of color-blindness.

03
Jan
11

Why is interface design important for user?

Men and women interact differently with computers. The most well known difference is about the graphic designs. For sure, their approaches towards web applications and usage of them differ. These differences create distinctness on their performance of works on user interface displays. Other distinction comes with the emergence of new features of internet design and their wish to use these features or adaptation time on these features.  Understanding gender differences can bring benefits to the web site designers. For instance, automotive and wedding dress sites should show high differences regarding to their designs because one is at male dominated area and the other is at the female dominated area. Besides, understanding the requirements of genders improves the gender-concentrated usability of an interface design.

 

03
Jan
11

Gender HCI

Gender HCI is one of the subtopics of HCI. As a field it is deeply researched in 2004 by Laura Beckwith (a PhD candidate at Oregon State University) who also named the term. Gender HCI basically examines how the differences between genders reflect in software or hardware interactions. Since it is a subcategory of HCI, Gender HCI is highly related to all the fields which are related to HCI itself. Gender HCI is a new field and its formation is not over yet.

03
Jan
11

What is HCI

Human computer interaction (HCI) examines the relationship between humans and computers. It is located in a trans disciplinary area which means that HCI is highly effected by such fields as design disciplines, linguistics, social sciences, cognitive psychology, sociology, human-factors engineering. HCI basically is developed in order to improve user oriented interfaces instead of designer oriented interfaces. The works on HCI include features of humans that effect usage of the technology and how people gain the capabilities in using this technology. The needs of people try to be matched with technical abilities with HCI; moreover HC─▒ helps to explain how the new technology interact with the organizations.