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Understanding and designing animations in the user interfaces

Amira Chalbi 1 
1 LOKI - Technology and knowledge for interaction
Inria Lille - Nord Europe, CRIStAL - Centre de Recherche en Informatique, Signal et Automatique de Lille - UMR 9189
Abstract : Despite their increasing popularity and omnipresence in modern graphical interfaces, anima- tions are still largely under-comprehended. While prior research and practice provide useful insights about the merits and downsides of animation, it is still unclear what makes a good and effective animation that improves the usability and expressivity of graphical interfaces. The disparity of opinions about the value of animation is mainly due to the fact that most of previous studies have investigated the benefit of adding a particular animation to a particular interface, leaving a notable gap in the deep understanding of the many design aspects that influence the performance of animation. Prior research have also predominantly assessed the value of animation through a narrow empirical angle, which had left several facets of animation unveiled. This thesis contributes a first constructive step toward better understanding the vast design space of animation and mapping out the various merits of animation that can enrich user interfaces from different perspectives. We first provide a structured view of the roles and drawbacks of animation in user interfaces. We then present the theoretical fundamentals for animation in information visualization. We discuss the main challenges for designing and evaluating animation in dynamic visualizations. Through an empirical study, we investigate the meaning of the Common Fate Law, applied on animation trajectories, in dynamic visual- izations. We then introduce a design space that allows a holistic characterization of staged animation and propose an authoring tool to support the prototyping and exploration of staging in visualizations.
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Amira Chalbi. Understanding and designing animations in the user interfaces. Human-Computer Interaction [cs.HC]. Université lille1, 2018. English. ⟨tel-01881889⟩

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