Framing the Design of Novel Applications Inspired by Emerging Media Technologies

By Hyowon Lee and Nazlena Mohamad Ali.

Published by The International Journal of Visual Design

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The field of human-computer interaction provides a number of useful tools and methods for obtaining information on end-users and their usage context to inform the design of computer systems; yet, relatively little is known on how to go about designing for a completely novel application where there is no user base, no existing practice of use, and no successful examples to follow. We frame the act of novel application design in the context of technology, domain knowledge and interaction design knowledge, and the different importances amongst them required in comparison to designing conventional applications. In doing so, we focus on starting from the solution space rather than the problem space, where the initial novel invention is inspired by emerging technologies and the growing body of interaction design knowledge for novel platforms. This is based on reflection of authors’ decade-long experiences in designing novel applications, and provides a pragmatic way of viewing how novel products and services can be designed at a time when many new, potentially high-impacting interaction technologies are starting to appear, and our understanding of transforming these into innovative applications is becoming of significant methodological value in design practice.

Keywords: Design Knowledge, Novel Application, Design Methodology

The International Journal of Visual Design, Volume 7, Issue 1, March 2014, pp.13-29. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 909.337KB).

Dr. Hyowon Lee

Assistant Professor, Information Systems and Technology Design Pillar, Singapore University of Technology and Design, Singapore, Singapore

Hyowon Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Pillar of Information Systems Technology and Design at the Singapore University of Technology and Design. He monitors various technological developments in the fields of multimedia, computer vision, information retrieval, language technology and other related media technologies, and works on discovering and creating new application scenarios, design interaction strategies and user-interfaces that incorporate those technologies. He studies the ways to help the design process where target applications are novel and no user base is available, and also applies these on a number of different interaction platforms in hopes to shape our interaction with technologies in the coming years. He has been the design lead in numerous technology-oriented R&D projects for the past 12 years and has been serving as design consultancy. He has authored and co-authored over 85 publications with total citation of 696 and the h-index of 16, has 3 international/European patents in the use of multimedia technologies for interactive applications, and has been invited to 5 international workshops as guest speaker.

Dr. Nazlena Mohamad Ali

Senior Lecturer, Institute of Visual Informatics, Universiti Kebangsaan, Malaysia

Dr. Nazlena Mohamad Ali is a research fellow at the Institute of Visual Informatics (IVI), Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia and senior lecturer/academic staff at the Faculty of Information Science and Technology (FTSM), UKM. Her main research interests are interaction design, user evaluation, information visualization and user engagement, and has been involved in a number of projects related to interaction design and published papers in related areas.