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Combining semiotic and cognitive perspectives to evaluate software interaction design


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Abstract.We have developed a Combined Semiotic-Cognitive method (CSCmethod) to evaluate software interaction design because we believe that an inspection combining both perspectives provides more comprehensive and powerful results compared to when we use semiotic and cognitive evaluation methods separately. Originally, the CSCmethod combined the Semiotic Inspection Method (SIM), which evaluates the communicability of interaction design, and an analysis based on the CDN framework (CDNf), which evaluates design usability. The original combination produced insightful results regarding both usability and communicability issues. Recently, however, we have been asking ourselves further questions. For example, does the order of execution matter? Could a “light version” of SIM be used in the combined method? This report presents a detailed account of the data and the evaluation process, using what we called “SIM light”, instead of the complete version of the method. We evaluated a popular software modeling tool, namely IBM RSA. The report includes the complete set of raw data used in the combined evaluation, which is also the one used for the analysis reported in a paper published in the proceedings of the13th Brazilian Symposium on Human Factors in Computing Systems (IHC 2014).
(Ferreira et al., 2014)

 

(Ferreira et al., 2014) Ferreira, J. J., de Souza, C. S., Cerqueira, R. Characterizing the Tool-notation-people Triplet in Software Modeling Tasks. In Proceeding of the 13th Brazilian Symposium on Human Factors in Computing Systems (IHC' 2014), Brazilian Computer Society, Foz do Iguaçu, Brazil, 2013. p. 31-40.

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