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Tangible Lighting Controls: Designing lighting control systems that are easier to understand and more pleasurable to use

Tangible Lighting Controls: Designing lighting control systems that are easier to understand and more pleasurable to use

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  • ISBN-13: 9783659293016
  • Publisher: LAP LAMBERT Academic Publishing
  • Release Date: Nov 20, 2012
  • Pages: 216 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.49 x 8.66 x 5.91 inches

Overview

The ‘Tangible Lighting Controls’ project poses the crucial question: what is the nature of interface designs sought by end-users for maximising interaction with lighting control systems? The manner in which this question is posed implies a fundamental assumption that improved usability and end-user experience are primary goals. Usability is concerned with easier understanding of control functions. End-user experience is concerned with explicating the quality of end-users’ experience such as fun/pleasure of use. Usability engineering methods involving survey research, experimental mock-ups and prototyping have been used to enable end-users to evaluate and design lighting control interfaces. The essential difference is to include end-users’ viewpoint about ease and pleasure of use along with a technical viewpoint about meeting standards. End-user responses obtained from these experiments challenge manufacturers’ claims about the effectiveness of conventional lighting control interfaces, and reveal a different way of thinking about future interface designs. Such a change in thinking could lead to lighting control interfaces that are easier to understand and more pleasurable to use.

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