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Response to [Interactive Sketching …] by Landay & Myers

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This paper introduced a tool that allowed for designing an interface by sketching it on a computer which streamlined several scattered design phases, e.g., generating ideas, building interfaces, specifying behaviors etc.

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The main goal the paper is to explore ‘sketching user interface’. The methodology consists of several aspects: first, an analysis of existing design tools and practices – why they are necessary and what are the drawbacks; second, proposing ‘electronic sketching’ – a concept that integrates and counterbalances several existing design phases; third, a survey targeting potential users to elicit what designers need and how they would like to use the proposed tool; fourth, details of designing and constructing such a tool, including how to implement sketched widgets.

Key Points

Development stages and the tools:

  1. Brainstorming – paper sketches
  2. Prototyping – prototyping tools
  3. Programming/testing – user interface builders


How about sketching ubiquitous computing? Can we sketch the floor plan of a room, and interact with it from the physical environment? How about a mobile device? Can we have a kind of ‘proxy’ object where we can ‘sketch’ on it to make it behave like a device?


In another paper ‘Sketching Storyboards to Illustrate Interface Behavior’, Landay and Myers developed SILK to support electronic storyboarding. The key to this feature is visual notation: they used arrows to indicate which UI elements cause switching to which screens.


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