A Cognitive Approach to Designing Manuals

DS 66-2: Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Design Creativity (ICDC 2010)

Year: 2010
Editor: Taura, T and Nagai, Y
Author: Fukaya, Takugo Y; Ono, Susumu; Minakuchi, Minoru; Sumino, Gaku; Yoshida, Koji; Nakashima, Seiya; Hayashi, Masako; Ando, Hiroshi
Section: Short Presentation C


The practice of using a cognitive approach in designing manuals is presented. The relationship between a legible text format and the users’ behaviour was investigated through two experiments. The factors and levels that comprise legible text were clarified, and it was found that there was no clear relation between legible text and users’ comprehension. In conclusion, an actual case of the application was discussed, and the possibility of a creative use of illegible format was suggested.

Keywords: universal design font, legibility, conjoint method, decision tree, proofreading, recognition, comprehension, LF/HF, HRV


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