|M.Sc Thesis||Department of Architecture and Town Planning|
|Supervisors:||Dr. Norman Schwalm|
|Assoc. Prof. Oxman Rivka|
This work, constituting the author’s thesis for the degree of MSC (Master of Science in Industrial Design) documents the process of redesigning the user interface of TF1 (Task Force One), a collaborative working system.
The software is in the beta test stage and serves as a working communication tool, used daily in several different departments of Sprint Laboratories, USA. This project includes an analysis of the software’s user interface, toward identification of expected failures for various users. Recommendations to minimize and avoid these expected failures are taken from research studies on human-computer interfaces and human factors. Research conclusions are presented as recommendations for screen design and inter-screen navigation.
The contribution of this research will only be realized when the recommendations for interface modifications are implemented so as to create greater usability and provide more efficient, effective, and satisfying system operation for the system’s users.
The project’s focus is to demonstrate the use of scientific sources in the process of redesigning a user interface, specifically, the translation of relevant information into recommendations for redesigning the user interface. This project does not include an empirical test of the recommendations, which can be done only via on-site testing and evaluation of users’ performance with the program before and after implementation of user interface design changes.