ERIC Number: ED261385
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1983-May
Reference Count: 0
An Evaluative and Prescriptive Look at Graphics Research.
Graphics research history shows that some topics have been studied heavily while others have been almost entirely neglected. Furthermore, researchers have used many different methods of defining and measuring effects such as legibility and comprehension, and this, together with vagueness in reporting, makes it difficult to compare studies and draw reasonable conclusions. Current research is needed to validate past studies and to bring to light reader reactions. This current research should (1) be user and task specific; (2) study interaction effects and optimum concentrations; (3) employ prolonged periods of time and lengthy passages; (4) study the interaction of familiarity with the effectiveness of a device; (5) focus on the gaps in existing research, such as paper, ink, binding, color, and illustrations; (6) report clearly how the research is conducted, what is measured, and what is found (statistical results); and (7) show which methods measure which attributes most effectively. (Author/DF)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Note: In: Proceedings of the International Technical Communication Conference (30th, St. Louis, MO, May 1-4, 1983).