The Semiotic Engineering of Human-Computer Interaction (Hardcover)

Clarisse Sieckenius de Souza

  • 出版商: MIT
  • 出版日期: 2005-02-11
  • 售價: $1,200
  • 語言: 英文
  • 頁數: 312
  • 裝訂: Hardcover
  • ISBN: 0262042207
  • ISBN-13: 9780262042208
  • 相關分類: 物聯網 IoT

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In The Semiotic Engineering of Human-Computer Interaction, Clarisse Sieckenius de Souza proposes an account of HCI that draws on concepts from semiotics and computer science to investigate the relationship between user and designer. Semiotics is the study of signs, and the essence of semiotic engineering is the communication between designers and users at interaction time; designers must somehow be present in the interface to tell users how to use the signs that make up a system or program. This approach, which builds on -- but goes further than -- the currently dominant user-centered approach, allows designers to communicate their overall vision and therefore helps users understand designs -- rather than simply which icon to click.

According to de Souza's account, both designers and users are interlocutors in an overall communication process that takes place through an interface of words, graphics, and behavior. Designers must tell users what they mean by the artifact they have created, and users must understand and respond to what they are being told. By coupling semiotic theory and engineering, de Souza's approach to HCI design encompasses the principles, the materials, the processes, and the possibilities for producing meaningful interactive computer system discourse and achieves a broader perspective than cognitive, ethnographic, or ergonomic approaches.

De Souza begins with a theoretical overview and detailed exposition of the semiotic engineering account of HCI. She then shows how this approach can be applied specifically to HCI evaluation and design of online help systems, customization and end-user programming, and multiuser applications. Finally, she reflects on the potential and opportunities for research in semiotic engineering.

Clarisse Sieckenius de Souza is Associate Professor and Founder of the Semiotic Research Group, Department of Computer Science, at Pontifícia Universidad Católica do Rio de Janeiro, Brazil.


Table of Contents:

Series Foreword ix
List of Illustrations xi
List of Tables xv
List of Abbreviations xvii
Preface xix
I Foundation 1
1 Introduction 3
2 Fundamental Concepts in Semiotics 35
3 Semiotic Engineering 83
II Derivation 109
4 Communicability and the Designer's Deputy Discourse 111
5 The Semiotic Engineering of Customizable and Extensible Applications 163
6 The Semiotic Engineering of Multi-User Computer Applications 201
III Questions 245
7 Reflection 247
Notes 263
Bibliographic References 265
Software and Online Databases and Services 273
Author Index 275
Subject Index 279
Software Index 285