Marius Stenersen, Birger Sevaldson, and Adam Balfour

The University of South-Eastern Norway | The Oslo School of Architecture and Design | University of South-Eastern Norway

Redesigning software to increase usability will not be solved by only changing the surface, i.e., the graphical user interface. A context of use, describing how software is intended to be used, by specific users, in a specific environment, is a prerequisite for achieving usability. This paper will explore the utilization of gigamapping, from the field of systems-oriented design, as a method to create a context of use. Surveys and semi-structured interviews verify that gigamapping can create a context of use and display complex information while maintaining connectedness and readability. In addition, semi-structured interviews verify that gigamapping provided additional value by discovering in-house challenges with interface management.

KEYWORDS: gigamapping, interface management, systems engineering, systems-oriented design

Citation Data

Author(s): Marius Stenersen, Birger Sevaldson, and Adam Balfour
Year: 2022
Title: Gigamapping for Creating a Context of Use
Published in: Proceedings of Relating Systems Thinking and Design
Volume: RSD11
Article No.: 124
Host: University of Brighton
Location: Brighton, UK
Symposium Dates: October 3–16, 2022
First published: 22 September 2022
Last update: 30 April 2023
Publisher Identification: ISSN 2371-8404

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