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Communicating content: development and evaluation of icons for academic document triage through visualisation and perception

Aekaterini, Mavri, Loizides, Fernando and Evripides, Zantides 2016. Communicating content: development and evaluation of icons for academic document triage through visualisation and perception. Behaviour and Information Technology 35 (9) , pp. 758-780. 10.1080/0144929X.2016.1194478

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Abstract

This work seeks to identify key features and characteristics for the design of icons that can support the tasks of information seekers in academic document triage interfaces. Such icons are meant to act as visual links to the specific elements or sections in an academic document. We suggest that icons in triage interfaces are better able to communicate information, provide feedback and enable faster user interactions than text, particularly in mobile-based interfaces. Through investigation of visualisation and perception processes, we are able to propose five primary icon categories, the two most dominant being iconic and symbolic: iconic representations mostly apply to graphically and spatially distinct document elements (i.e. Title, Abstract, Tables and Figures), externalising the elements’ surface propositions. Symbolic representations are largely associated with elements of greater semantic value (Introduction, Conclusion, Full text and Author), drawing upon the elements’ deep propositions.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Published Online
Status: Published
Schools: Computer Science & Informatics
Uncontrolled Keywords: Icons, interface design, visual representation, academic document triage, visualisation, perception
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
ISSN: 0144-929X
Date of Acceptance: 9 April 2016
Last Modified: 11 Jan 2018 16:36
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/108046

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