Jan Meskens, Jo Vermeulen, Kris Luyten and Karin Coninx. Gummy for Multi-Platform User Interface Designs: Shape me, Multiply me, Fix me, Use me. To appear in Proceedings of AVI ’08, the working conference on Advanced visual interfaces, Napoli, Italy, May 28-30, 2008.
In this paper we introduce a multi-platform user interface design approach, and Gummy, a design tool to support that approach. This work originated out of Jan Meskens’ Master’s thesis, in which he created a UIML GUI builder. While there are several tools for developing multi-platform user interfaces, these have a number of problems: (1) the resulting user interfaces often lack the aesthetic quality of manually designed interfaces; (2) the tools are not intuitive since designers have to deal with abstractions and do not directly manipulate the user interface design; and (3) designers can not accurately predict what the resulting user interface will look like. Our goal was to allow designers to reuse their skills of existing user interface design tools (such as GUI builders) as much as possible and try to maintain a high level of fidelity (unlike sketch-based design tools).
We also had a short paper/poster about Gummy accepted to CHI 2008 Work-in-Progress. In this paper we explain how the tool can be used to involve domain experts in the user interface design process.
Kris Luyten, Jan Meskens, Jo Vermeulen and Karin Coninx. Meta-GUI-Builders: Generating Domain-specific Interface Builders for Multi-Device User Interface Creation. To appear in CHI ’08 extended abstracts on Human factors in computing systems, Florence, Italy, April 5-10, 2008.
We received lots of input on the prototypes and early drafts of the papers, so thanks to everyone at our lab who contributed in one way or another Additional thanks go to Karel Robert for creating the Gummy logo (have a look at his portfolio).
More information about the papers can be found at my publications page.