Designing quick and dirty applications for mobiles: making the case for the utility of HCI principles

Lynne Baillie, Lee Morton

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    Many applications are currently being built for mobile
    phones that are intended as throwaway gimmicks
    that people download from places like Apple Appstore.
    Users can download small throwaway applications for
    their mobile phone for as little as ninety nine cents.
    We were interested in what effect these two components
    e.g. throwaway and cheapness have on the use of HCI
    guidelines by the designers of these applications and
    whether or not it was worth their while incorporating
    them into their design given the temporary nature of
    use. In this paper we describe how we tested two
    designs of the same concept.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)101-109
    Number of pages9
    JournalJournal of Computing and Information Technology
    Issue number2
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jun 2010



    • usability
    • HCI principles
    • mobile phone applications

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