Paper on small-screen usability

Geoff Kendall, CTO at interface firm Next Device, pointed me to an interesting paper on small-screen usability by a team of university researchers at the National University of Ireland in Galway and Claremont Graduate University in Californina.

The paper is entitled: “Usability and Acceptance in Small-Screen Information Systems.” It explores the effect of transluency on perceived usability and records objective and subjective results from a group of users presented with a fully-functioning demonstration on a 3G handset.

The authors Thomas Acton, Willie Golden, Sorin Gudea and Murray Scott find there is actually a positive link between perceived usability and something as simple as using translucent menus.

Maybe beautiful interfaces really do work better!

You can download the PDF of the paper here.

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