Animated icons promote learning of their functions

A. Tiritoglu, J.F. Juola

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    Abstract

    In the present research the benefits of animated icons were examined. A subset of static icons was taken from a CAD program and converted into animated icons. Subjects were tested about their understanding of the functions of the icons before and after the animation took place. In addition, a questionnaire was given to assess the subjective opinion of users about their experience. It was found that animated icons have a positive effect on comprehension of icons and the tasks they represent. Finally, some major issues relevant for effective use of animated icons in user interface design are discussed.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationHuman-machine communication for educational systems design: NATO ASI Series F: Computer and systems sciences, Volume 129
    EditorsM.D. Brouwer-Janse, T.L. Harrington
    Place of PublicationBerlin
    PublisherSpringer
    Pages169-176
    ISBN (Print)3-540-57748-3
    Publication statusPublished - 1994

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