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Menu Structuring for Mobile Devices

By Katrin Sauerwein, Nathalie Prevost and Er De Luca


Abstract: This project sets a discussion about possible improvements for mobile menu structuring. Navigation on mobile phones is supposed to get quicker and easier. To reach for better user overview and orientation, the relationship between the single menu items is visualized. To prevent wasting the expensive screen space, icons are used to represent the items. Three different approaches are compared. Image Embedding arranges the content in its context by drawing according background images. The Manhattan Lens Stairs approach is based on human spatial memory abilities. It uses the Manhattan Lens to differ between important and unimportant items. Finally the Dynamic Neighbors approach represents the menu items ’ relationship by using color gradients. To enable a quicker navigation process, important items to display are calculated in every navigation step. Latter is implemented and tested in a user study afterwards.

Year: 2011
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