Performance on different kinds of button bars?

2 Mar 2009 - 2:13pm
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DrWex
2006

Can someone suggest a good reference for general performance by people
trying to use different kinds of button bars?

In particular, I'm thinking about things like word buttons (e.g.
Gmail) versus pure images (e.g. Outlook) versus mixed (e.g. Firefox
boomarks toolbar).

Thanks,
--Alan

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2 Mar 2009 - 5:11pm
Chauncey Wilson
2007

There is some research in Mayhew's 1992 book *Principles* and Guidelines in
*Software User Interface* Design as well as in the HFES database where many
studies have been done with icons and words in toolbars/button bars.

What aspect of performance are you most interested in: time to find a
button, legibility, error rates, aesthetic appeal, ......

Chauncey

On Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 2:13 PM, Alan Wexelblat <awexelblat at gmail.com> wrote:

> Can someone suggest a good reference for general performance by people
> trying to use different kinds of button bars?
>
> In particular, I'm thinking about things like word buttons (e.g.
> Gmail) versus pure images (e.g. Outlook) versus mixed (e.g. Firefox
> boomarks toolbar).
>
> Thanks,
> --Alan
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2 Mar 2009 - 7:00pm
DrWex
2006

Thanks Chauncey. I remember Mayhew's results but I wonder if the
improvement in screen fonts, size, and general legibility makes
results that old still valid.

I'm most interested in error rates and time to find. I think we can
produce legible text if text is used, and aesthetics are also
something I feel pretty confident in.

I'm not familiar with the HFES database you mention.

Best,
--Alan

On Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 5:11 PM, Chauncey Wilson
<chauncey.wilson at gmail.com> wrote:
> There is some research in Mayhew's 1992 book Principles and Guidelines in
> Software User Interface Design as well as in the HFES database where many
> studies have been done with icons and words in toolbars/button bars.
>
> What aspect of performance are you most interested in:  time to find a
> button, legibility, error rates, aesthetic appeal, ......
>
> Chauncey
>
> On Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 2:13 PM, Alan Wexelblat <awexelblat at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> Can someone suggest a good reference for general performance by people
>> trying to use different kinds of button bars?
>>
>> In particular, I'm thinking about things like word buttons (e.g.
>> Gmail) versus pure images (e.g. Outlook) versus mixed (e.g. Firefox
>> boomarks toolbar).
>>
>> Thanks,
>> --Alan
>> ________________________________________________________________
>> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
>> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
>> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
>> List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
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>
>

2 Mar 2009 - 2:13pm
DrWex
2006

Can someone suggest a good reference for general performance by people
trying to use different kinds of button bars?

In particular, I'm thinking about things like word buttons (e.g.
Gmail) versus pure images (e.g. Outlook) versus mixed (e.g. Firefox
boomarks toolbar).

Thanks,
--Alan

2 Mar 2009 - 5:11pm
Chauncey Wilson
2007

There is some research in Mayhew's 1992 book *Principles* and Guidelines in
*Software User Interface* Design as well as in the HFES database where many
studies have been done with icons and words in toolbars/button bars.

What aspect of performance are you most interested in: time to find a
button, legibility, error rates, aesthetic appeal, ......

Chauncey

On Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 2:13 PM, Alan Wexelblat <awexelblat at gmail.com> wrote:

> Can someone suggest a good reference for general performance by people
> trying to use different kinds of button bars?
>
> In particular, I'm thinking about things like word buttons (e.g.
> Gmail) versus pure images (e.g. Outlook) versus mixed (e.g. Firefox
> boomarks toolbar).
>
> Thanks,
> --Alan
> ________________________________________________________________
> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
> List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
> List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help
>

2 Mar 2009 - 7:00pm
DrWex
2006

Thanks Chauncey. I remember Mayhew's results but I wonder if the
improvement in screen fonts, size, and general legibility makes
results that old still valid.

I'm most interested in error rates and time to find. I think we can
produce legible text if text is used, and aesthetics are also
something I feel pretty confident in.

I'm not familiar with the HFES database you mention.

Best,
--Alan

On Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 5:11 PM, Chauncey Wilson
<chauncey.wilson at gmail.com> wrote:
> There is some research in Mayhew's 1992 book Principles and Guidelines in
> Software User Interface Design as well as in the HFES database where many
> studies have been done with icons and words in toolbars/button bars.
>
> What aspect of performance are you most interested in:  time to find a
> button, legibility, error rates, aesthetic appeal, ......
>
> Chauncey
>
> On Mon, Mar 2, 2009 at 2:13 PM, Alan Wexelblat <awexelblat at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>> Can someone suggest a good reference for general performance by people
>> trying to use different kinds of button bars?
>>
>> In particular, I'm thinking about things like word buttons (e.g.
>> Gmail) versus pure images (e.g. Outlook) versus mixed (e.g. Firefox
>> boomarks toolbar).
>>
>> Thanks,
>> --Alan
>> ________________________________________________________________
>> Welcome to the Interaction Design Association (IxDA)!
>> To post to this list ....... discuss at ixda.org
>> Unsubscribe ................ http://www.ixda.org/unsubscribe
>> List Guidelines ............ http://www.ixda.org/guidelines
>> List Help .................. http://www.ixda.org/help
>
>

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