Context of Use

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Literature on Context of Use

Here’s the entire UX literature on Context of Use by the Interaction Design Foundation, collated in one place:

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Usability Evaluation

Ch 15: Usability Evaluation

Put simply, usability evaluation assesses the extent to which an interactive system is easy and pleasant to use. Things aren’t this simple at all though, but let’s start by considering the following propositions about usability evaluation: Usability is an inherent measurable property of all interactive digital technologies Human-Computer I...

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Context-Aware Computing

Ch 14: Context-Aware Computing

A tablet computer switching the orientation of the screen, maps orienting themselves with the user’s current orientation and adapting the zoom level to the current speed, and switching on the backlight of the phone when used in the dark are examples of computers that are aware of their environment and their context of use. Less than 10 years ago...

Book chapter
Functionality and Mobile Design – Don’t Shrink the Screen, Focus on the Tasks

Functionality and Mobile Design – Don’t Shrink the Screen, Focus on the Tasks

Mobile design and design for other devices such as laptops and desktops does not mean producing the same product, just smaller. It means focusing on what matters to the mobile user and delivering a differentiated user experience. To do this successfully, you need to focus on tasks and how they are executed. Design for mobile is no longer option...

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Context of Use

Ch 13: Context of Use

The Context of Use is the actual conditions under which a given artifact/software product is used, or will be used in a normal day to day working situation. It is important to carry out usability tests, prototyping sessions, meetings, user studies and other "user-dependant sessions" in the context of use to get as high ecological validity (see t...

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