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Platt fall – ur användarens perspektiv: En kvalitativ studie om minimalism och skeuomorfism med fokus på UI/UX
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design.
University West, Department of Economics and IT, Division of Media and Design.
2017 (Swedish)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesisAlternative title
Flat fall – from the user’s perspective : A qualitative study about minimalism and skeuomorphism with focus on UI/UX (English)
Abstract [sv]

Syftet med denna studie var att undersöka hur olika utformade gränssnitt uppfattas och upplevs av olika användare. Fokus låg på att undersöka skillnaden mellan den skeuomorfiska designstilen och den mer minimalistiska på webbsidor och i mobila appar. Detta gjordes genom ett individuellt användartest med 19 deltagare där var och en fick testa en applikation i två utföranden; en utformad efter dagens moderna flat design och den andra med samma strukturella utformning, fast i skeuomorfisk tappning. Sedan har vi fört intervjuer med deltagarna med frågor relaterade till testet och deras uppfattning av vad som innebär god design. Många intressanta fenomen hittades, så som att majoriteten av användare, med stor marginal, upplever skeuomorfism som den mest moderna och mest användbara stilen. Slutsatsen vi drog var att skeuomorfismen skänker applikationen en tydlighet som användaren värdesätter högre än vare sig applikationen är estetiskt tilltalande eller ej. Då resultatet gjort det tydligt att en mer observant utveckling av användargränssnitt bör göras när överväganden mellan funktionalitet och användbarhet framhävs, anser vi att det krävs ytterligare forskning inom ämnet med en mer djupgående undersökning

Abstract [en]

The purpose of this study was to investigate how different designed interfaces are interpreted and perceived. The focus relied on investigating the difference between the skeuomorphic and the minimalistic design approach in websites and mobile apps. This has been done by performing an individual user test on 19 participants where each one of them has been evaluating a mobile application in two different executions; one designed to mimic today’s modern flat design and the other, with the same layout, in a skeuomorphic design approach. Later through the user test, we have initiated interviews related to the practical application evaluation in which we bring up relative questions regarding the test and the perceptions given by what good design may be. Lots of interesting phenomena have been found, one of which reveals that the majority of users, by a rather large margin, perceives skeuomorphism as the most modern and most usable design style. The conclusion we have drawn by this result is that skeuomorphism creates a kind of clarity for the application, which is more so appreciated by the user when navigating an application than aesthetically appealing elements of design. Our result made it clear that a more carefully considered development of user-centered interfaces has to be made in order to find a more balanced mix of functionality and usability. Therefore, we find a continuation of this study a necessity in order to fully understand this phenomenon.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2017. , 39 p.
Keyword [en]
UI, UX, minimalism, skeuomorphism, digital design, graphic design, interaction design
Keyword [sv]
UI, UX, minimalism, skeuomorfism, digital design, grafisk formgivning, interaktionsdesign
National Category
Media Studies
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URN: urn:nbn:se:hv:diva-11546Local ID: EXC509OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hv-11546DiVA: diva2:1142292
Subject / course
Media informatics
Educational program
Digitala media
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Available from: 2017-09-19 Created: 2017-09-19 Last updated: 2017-09-19Bibliographically approved

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