Due: 1/15/16 at 9pm Chicago
The purpose of this
assignment is to give you a bit of practice with the material
presented in the first week of the class - the design of
everyday things, and help you do some background work for
A common household appliance with a control scheme that hasn't
changed much in decades is the toaster oven.
a toaster oven. It could be one in your apartment / house.
We have one in the evl kitchen if you need one to look at
a good photo or set of photos of the toaster oven showing
the interface (e.g. the door and the controls) - something
like these. Note how to use the various controls either on
the photos or next to them.
Closeup of handle to
open and close the oven door:
Closeup of the controls
and the power light:
Think about the common
things that you use a toaster oven for for. List your most
common uses and other more rare uses. Does the interface
make doing those common things easier?
Think about how
the user interacts with the toaster oven. What is the
sequence of actions to make toast or heat a frozen pizza?
does the toaster oven help the user figure out how to make
does the toaster oven show the state of the system to the
easy is it for a guest to use this toaster oven?
are some common mistakes you can make with this design?
a public webpage including your photo(s) and your response
to the above questions (people.uic.edu may be a place to
start if you don't have a public website)
what is good and bad about the design, the mapping, the use
of language or symbols, how accessible it is, etc.
your discussion into sections
about some possible improvements using current physical
controls (e.g. knobs, buttons), draw some sketches of your
improved interface, and discuss those improvements
should be equivalent to at least four 8.5x11 typed pages of
text with a 10 point font
the location of this webpage to the TA before 9pm on 1/15
a printout of your webpage (or a laptop or tablet where you
can show your design to others - your phone is probably too
small) to class on the 17th where we will have an in-class
activity related to the homework
last updated 1/5/17