Are informal tools better? Comparing DEMAIS, pencil and paper, and authorware for early multimedia design

Brian P. Bailey, Joseph A. Konstan

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Abstract

DEMAIS is an informal design tool that we claim helps a multimedia designer explore and communicate temporal and interactive (behavioral) design ideas better than existing tools. This paper seeks to empirically validate our claim. We report on an evaluation comparing DEMAIS to pencil and paper and Authorware for the exploration and communication of behavior in early multimedia design. The main results are that (i) DEMAIS was better than Authorware for both exploring and communicating behavior, (ii) DEMAIS was better than pencil and paper for communicating behavior, and (iii) DEMAIS was able to capture most of a designer's behavioral design ideas. Our results show that DEMAIS bridges the early investment/ communication gap that exists among current multimedia design tools.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages313-320
Number of pages8
StatePublished - Jul 28 2003
EventThe CHI 2003 New Horizons Conference Proceedings: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Ft. Lauderdale, FL, United States
Duration: Apr 5 2003Apr 10 2003

Other

OtherThe CHI 2003 New Horizons Conference Proceedings: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems
CountryUnited States
CityFt. Lauderdale, FL
Period4/5/034/10/03

Keywords

  • Design
  • Multimedia
  • Prototyping
  • Sketching
  • Storyboards
  • Visual Language

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Software
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Computer Graphics and Computer-Aided Design

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    Bailey, B. P., & Konstan, J. A. (2003). Are informal tools better? Comparing DEMAIS, pencil and paper, and authorware for early multimedia design. 313-320. Paper presented at The CHI 2003 New Horizons Conference Proceedings: Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Ft. Lauderdale, FL, United States.