Classifying the complexity of a screen design

25 May 2011 - 1:48pm
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MeUXGuy
2011

Hello,

If you are supposed to do UX design estimate, and you need to measure it based on "Simple, Medium and Complex", how do you classify the Simple, Medium and Complex screen design?

What are all the factors that you will consider to define a screen complexity, like number of screen elements, form elements, data structures etc...?

How do we go about it?

Cheers,
MeUXGuy

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27 May 2011 - 4:00pm
Chauncey Wilson
2007

There is some research on this topic by Avi Parush and other authors who looked at:   Local Density Global Density
Grouping Alignment Number of objects Number of colors used for objects/background     Some references for you:   Tim Comber and John R. Maltby. 1997. Layout Complexity: Does It Measure Usability?.  In <em>Proceedings of the IFIP TC13 Interantional Conference on Human-Computer Interaction</em> (INTERACT '97), Steve Howard, Judy Hammond, and Gitte Lindgaard (Eds.). Chapman \&amp; Hall, Ltd., London, UK, UK,  623-626.

  Fongling Fu, Shao-Yuan Chiu, and Chiu Hung Su. 2007. Measuring the screen complexity of web pages. In Proceedings of the 2007 conference on Human interface: Part II, Michael J. Smith and Gavriel Salvendy (Eds.). Springer-Verlag, Berlin, Heidelberg, 720-729.

 

Giovanni S. Moretti and Paul J. Lyons. 2005. Controlling the complexity of grouped items in colour interfaces.  In <em>Proceedings of the 6th ACM SIGCHI New Zealand chapter's international conference on Computer-human interaction: making CHI natural</em> (CHINZ '05). ACM, New York, NY, USA,  19-23.

  Miyoshi, T., Murata, A.: A Method to Evaluate Properness of GUI Design Based on Complexity Indexes of Size, Local Density, Aliment, and Grouping. Man and Cybernetics. In: IEEE International Conference on, vol. 1, pp. 221-226 (2001).

 

Parush, A., Nadir, R., Shtub, A.: Evaluating the Layout of Graphical User Interface Screens: Validation of a Numerical Computerlized Mode. International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction 10(4), 343-360 (1998).

  There is a discussion of some rapid screen/web page complexity measures in a book that I have at home, but I am not remembering the title.   Chauncey     n Fri, May 27, 2011 at 7:01 AM, MeUXGuy <vidyuth.subbaiah@gmail.com> wrote:

Hello,

If you are supposed to do UX design estimate, and you need to measure it based on "Simple, Medium and Complex", how do you classify the Simple, Medium and Complex screen design?

What are all the factors that you will consider to define a screen complexity, like number of screen elements, form elements, data structures etc...?

How do we go about it?

Cheers,
MeUXGuy

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27 May 2011 - 4:00pm
William Hudson
2009

Tom Tullis did a study on this in the 1980's. The most important factors were the number of groups and their size. The original paper is quoted in a few HCI textbooks (like the Handbook of Human-Computer Interaction) but you can find online sources too. For example, see http://books.google.co.uk/books?hl=en&lr=lang_en&id=1bpNFx8pd7YC&oi=fnd&pg=PA214&dq=tom+tullis+screen+complexity+grouping&ots=WQcQDbyRC4&sig=b7Wq0opMLn2cVSJDTcaAfNt-Unk#v=onepage&q&f=false

Admittedly his work was on alphanumeric displays, but I think it still has good application.

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-----Original Message----- From: ixdaor@host.ixda.org [mailto:ixdaor@host.ixda.org] On Behalf Of MeUXGuy Sent: 27 May 2011 11:18 To: William Hudson Subject: [IxDA] Classifying the complexity of a screen design

Hello,

If you are supposed to do UX design estimate, and you need to measure it based on "Simple, Medium and Complex", how do you classify the Simple, Medium and Complex screen design?

What are all the factors that you will consider to define a screen complexity, like number of screen elements, form elements, data structures etc...?

How do we go about it?

Cheers, MeUXGuy

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