The efficacy of narrative video for raising awareness in ICT designers about older users' requirements

Alex Carmichael, Alan Newell, M. Morgan

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    Abstract

    This paper discusses the efficacy of narrative video to communicate some of the fundamental differences between older users of ICT interfaces and the interface designers who tend not to be familiar with the general perspectives and user requirements of this and other ‘non-typical’ target groups. Preliminary results show the impact such videos can have on relevant audiences’ perspective on designing systems for older adults. The findings suggest that they can influence the mind set of those with little or no experience of designing for older users and that this influence can persist in the longer term. The findings also suggest that the extent of this influence can be an appropriate alternative to that of meeting and interacting with older users in a user centred design process, which although very valuable can be a logistically (and otherwise) challenging element in the training of prospective software designers. The potential utility and limits of this approach are also discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)587-596
    Number of pages10
    JournalInteracting with Computers
    Volume19
    Issue number5-6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Dec 2007

    Keywords

    • Film/video
    • User requirements
    • Interface design
    • Older people
    • Inclusive design

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