Assignment 1 GUI Workshop
1,000 – 1,300 words
Due: 7th of June 2013 – 7/6/13
Format: Interactive PDF, PowerPoint Show or Word Document
1- Define a GUI – write what it is, what the purpose is, what graphic interactive components can be part of it, draw a diagram explaining the different components or aspects (in the style of a mindmap/flowchart). This is about your informed understanding of a GUI, after conducting some research, but it is not about definitions found in a book or online.
2 – Discover tactile qualities in textures – discover 10-20 different textures that can be found in the home. Describe the material, how it feels to the touch, what sounds it makes, how it behaves when used appropriately and when used inappropriately. How does it react to pressure (pressing), rubbing and pulling? A paragraph per texture is the minimum.
3 – Collect the Good – Collect several images of 5+ GUIs that you enjoy using and or like the look and feel of. Write an overall description of the aspects that appeal to you. You do not need to write one for each, but one overall discussing the overall aspects that you like.
4 – Collect the Bad and the Ugly – Collect several images of 5+ GUI that you dislike, that either annoy you or that are not enjoyable to use. You may include interfaces that you find visually uninteresting or poorly designed. Describe the negative aspects.
5 – Conclusion – draw a conclusion of your research. Describe what inspired you and what influences you will incorporate in your future designs. Describe some of the ideas that you have had for GUI elements.