Article published in:Information Visualization
Edited by Isabel Meirelles and Katherine Gillieson
[Information Design Journal 23:1] 2017
► pp. 32–38
Anticipative interfaces for emergency situations
This case study explores concepts and methodologies in user interface (UI) and user experience (UX) design with a view to increasing information retention and memorisation through the inclusion of human-centred design principles. It focuses on the participants’ individual context, mental state and abilities. In emergencies, visual perception and situation awareness may be restricted due to the impact of sensory symptoms (panic, tunnel vision or limited motor skills), thus calling for a linear course of action. This applied research project, ‘Floodscape’, is a mobile application designed to educate its user about possible inundation zones resulting from a tsunami. Ongoing user engagement through interactive simulation is the prime focus of the initial (dormant) state of the app. In case of an actual tsunami the app registers the event and adapts its UI accordingly. Crucial life-saving wayfinding information will then be displayed in a contextual manner considering contrast, typography, limited user attention and ease of use.
Keywords: UI, emergency design, calm technology, adaptive design, tsunami, mobile application, wayfinding design, UX, anticipative design, limited situational awareness
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Published online: 20 July 2017