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How to Choose Good Metaphors
May/June 1994 (vol. 11 no. 3)
pp. 86-88

Have you ever wondered why some icons don't seem remotely related to their functions, while others are wonderfully intuitive? The reason may very well be the lack of user involvement in choosing metaphors and defining their behaviors. The author passes on his company's tools, techniques, and concepts to optimize user interfaces, and for ensuring that good metaphors are included as part of interface design.

Index Terms:
graphical user interfaces; metaphors; icons; user involvement; user interface optimization; user interface design; GUI; graphical user interfaces
Citation:
"How to Choose Good Metaphors," IEEE Software, vol. 11, no. 3, pp. 86-88, May-June 1994, doi:10.1109/MS.1994.10024
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