Method to Unfold the Connotation and Denotation in User Interfaces

This study introduces an approach for evaluating user interfaces built on visual rhetoric and the rhetorical notion of function. A personal informatics mobile application has been selected to exemplify the application of this approach. Through the results of this example evaluation, this paper discusses the consequence of applying a rhetorical evaluation to a user interface. In this discussion, it is observed that inspecting the function performed by interface components takes into account experiences, communication, and meaning. In addition, it fosters reflection and criticism

Publication

Sosa-Tzec, O. & Siegel, M. A. (2014). Rhetorical Evaluation of User Interfaces. In Proceedings of NordiCHI, 2014. ACM Press.