This poster describes some of our experiences of user-centred design and evaluation of consumer products, using prototypes. The types of consumer products used as examples here are representative of everyday, contemporary, interactive, ‘high-end’ (i.e., many featured) products. Our work concerned prototypes of products from the consumer electronics areas of incar systems and television products. This approach used screen-based, interactive prototypes which were then employed in user trials to assess usability. Involvement of users at an early stage is seen as critical, functional prototypes providing many possibilities. A discussion of the practical issues faced when employing prototypes in usability analysis is presented.
|Title of host publication||Contemporary ergonomics 1993|
|Subtitle of host publication||proceedings of the Ergonomics Society's 1993 annual conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, 13-16 April 1993: ergonomics and energy|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publisher||Taylor and Francis Ltd.|
|Number of pages||7|
|Publication status||Published - 20 Apr 1993|
Johnson, G. I., & van Vianen, E. P. G. (1993). Practical experiences with consumer products, users and prototyping. In E. J. Lovesey (Ed.), Contemporary ergonomics 1993: proceedings of the Ergonomics Society's 1993 annual conference, Edinburgh, Scotland, 13-16 April 1993: ergonomics and energy (pp. 437-443). Taylor and Francis Ltd..