Cultural User Interface Design
Michael McKenna, Advanced Technology Group, California Digital Library, University of California Office of the President, USA

Intended Audience: Content Developers, Graphic Designers, Managers, Systems Analysts, Web Designers

Session Level: Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

This tutorial presents a foundation for good cultural user interface (CUI) design. Going beyond the basics of color, gestures, icons, and fonts, we find there are many more issue the language engineer or human factors expert must consider. We will look at contextual design, collaborative analogies, usability, and cultural spectrums and their influence on good design. We will discuss methods of conducting an ethnographic survey and how to incorporate those findings into the user experience design and a usability study. Much of this material is based on research by the Human Computer Interaction community and workshops at SIGCHI.