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Designing Displays for Older Adults

By Richard Pak, Anne McLaughlin

CRC Press – 2011 – 211 pages

Series: Human Factors and Aging Series

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    978-1-43-980139-0
    December 1st 2010

Description

Literally hundreds of papers have been written about interface issues experienced by older adults, but how many actually influence the designs older adults use? The sheer number of articles available, the fast pace of the industry, and time constraints combine to build barriers to knowledge transfer from theory into practice. A distillation of decades of published research, Designing Displays for Older Adults is a primer on age-related changes in cognition, perception, and behavior organized into meaningful principles that improve understanding.

Using theory backed up by evidence provides an understanding of why we see certain problems with many displays and often predicts solutions. This understanding surpasses an individual interface and provides practitioners with ways to plan for older adults on multiple display types. Based on this, the book delineates the theories, then explores how to apply them in real design exercises, providing specific guidelines for display examples that bridge theory and practice. The authors explore the complex set of mental and physical changes that occur during aging and that can affect technology acceptance, adoption, interaction, safety, and satisfaction.

This book provides a fundamental understanding of age related change and explores how such information can influence design from the very beginning stages, rather than waiting for testing to reveal the problems users have with the product. The authors open the way for designing with an understanding of these changes that results in better products and systems for users in all life stages.

Contents

Introduction

What Do Older Adults Want from Technology? What Do They do with Technology?

Stereotypes of Older Users

Universal Design

What is a Display?

Goals for the Book

Accessibility Guidelines

Overview of the Book

Suggested Readings

Vision

How Vision Changes with Age

Interim Summary

Display Technologies

In Practice: Presenting Information on the Web

General Design Guidelines

Suggested Readings

Hearing

How Hearing Changes With Age

Interim Summary

Accessibility Aids

Interim Summary

Human Language

Interim Summary

Designing Audio Displays

In Practice: The Auditory Interface

General Design Guidelines

Suggested Readings

Cognition

How Cognition Changes With Age

In Practice: Organization of Information

General Design Guidelines

Suggested Readings

Movement

How Movement Changes with Age

Interim Summary

Movement Disorders

Accessibility Aids for Movement Control

Interim Summary

In Practice: Movement on a Display

General Design Guidelines

Suggested Readings

Older Adults in the User-Centered Design Process

How Testing Older Users is Different

Requirements Gathering

Evaluation/Inspection

Designing/Prototyping/Implementing Alternate Designs

Recruiting

Summary

Suggested Readings

Preface to Usability Evaluations and Redesigns

Organization of the Redesign Chapters

Displays Chosen for Evaluation and Redesign

Integrative Example: Mobile Phone

Perceptual Concerns

Cognitive

Usability Assessment

Specific Design Changes/

Summary

Suggested Readings and References

Integrative Example: Set Top Box

Cognitive Concerns

Perceptual Concerns

Usability Assessment

Specific Design Changes/Recommendations

Summary

Suggested Readings

Integrative Example: Home Medical Device

Cognitive Concerns

Perceptual Concerns

Movement Control and Input

Usability Assessment

Specific Design Changes/Recommendations

Summary

Suggested Readings

Integrative Example: Automobile Displays

Cognitive Concerns

Perceptual Concerns

Guidelines

Movement Control and Input Devices

Usability Assessment

Specific Design Changes/Recommendations

Summary

Suggested Readings

Conclusion

Themes

Important Future Goals

Concluding Remarks

Name: Designing Displays for Older Adults (Paperback)CRC Press 
Description: By Richard Pak, Anne McLaughlin. Literally hundreds of papers have been written about interface issues experienced by older adults, but how many actually influence the designs older adults use? The sheer number of articles available, the fast pace of the industry, and time constraints...
Categories: Life-Long Design, Machine Design, Ergonomics