Ole E. Wattne
Ole teaches the theory of information graphics, information architecture and wayfinding for Bachelors and Masters students at Gjøvik University College, Norway, where he is head of the study programme for the BA in Media Design. He has an MA in information design from the University of Reading, a BA in graphic information design from the University of Westminster, and has worked within graphic design, interaction design, information design and design teaching since 1995.
Tuesday 8 April: Theory to inform practice in information design
Text in digital user interfaces
This talk looks at the role of text in user interfaces and information architectures on computers and devices. Users of information systems rely on text and, increasingly and specifically, search
to organise, find and retrieve information, to perform tasks and to operate the devices we surround ourselves with, and to complete tasks in 'the real world' outside these systems. The talk emphasises the role of text in the analysis of information architecture and human computer interaction, aiming to shed light on how text is center stage in our use of computers, devices and information systems.
The talk identifies categories of text used in such systems both according to the functions of the text – i.e: text for communication, text for hyperlinking, text for information retrieval, text to start processes or programs etc. – and according to the (typo)graphical representation of the text. Text in such digital interfaces is used to perform actions outside of the system itself, and the use of digital text influences how we solve problems and complete tasks also outside the system. One example of this connection between digital searches and 'real world' activities is found in the relation between the activity of searching in digital systems and the activity of wayfinding in a physical environment.