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      Developing Intuitive User Interfaces by Integrating Users’ Mental Models into Requirements Engineering

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      27th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013) (HCI)
      Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013)
      9 - 13 September 2013
      Requirements Engineering, Intuitive Use, User Interface Design, Usability Engineering
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            Abstract

            Today, the demand for software that is ‘intuitive to use’ is very high. In fact, this has become a determining factor for the success of a system. However, building software that is intuitive to use is challenging. This is particularly true for small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). They have to face a variety of problems to remain competitive: Usually no or just small staff is available that is specialized in user requirements engineering research, design, and testing. Furthermore, time schedules and budget are tight. All these factors require a method that delivers creative and intuitive–to–use software even with little design experience and expertise. In this paper, we address this problem by introducing a method for capturing and specifying the user’s mental models with image schemas and image-schematic metaphors during the requirements engineering phase of a software engineering project. This method also enables SMEs to systematically transfer these elicited requirements into design solutions, which then result in software that is intuitive to use.

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            Contributors
            Conference
            September 2013
            September 2013
            : 1-10
            Affiliations
            [ 1 ]Wuerzburg University

            97074 Wuerzburg, Germany
            [ 2 ]Fraunhofer IESE

            67663 Kaiserslautern, Germany
            [ 3 ]a3 systems GmbH

            66130 Saarbruecken, Germany
            Article
            10.14236/ewic/HCI2013.14
            e48df7dd-c964-43ed-97c8-9440d9c7db8c
            © Diana Loeffler et al. Published by BCS Learning and Development Ltd. 27th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013), Brunel University, London, UK

            This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 Unported License. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

            27th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013)
            HCI
            27
            Brunel University, London, UK
            9 - 13 September 2013
            Electronic Workshops in Computing (eWiC)
            Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2013)
            Product
            Product Information: 1477-9358BCS Learning & Development
            Self URI (article page): https://www.scienceopen.com/hosted-document?doi=10.14236/ewic/HCI2013.14
            Self URI (journal page): https://ewic.bcs.org/
            Categories
            Electronic Workshops in Computing

            Applied computer science,Computer science,Security & Cryptology,Graphics & Multimedia design,General computer science,Human-computer-interaction
            User Interface Design,Intuitive Use,Requirements Engineering,Usability Engineering

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