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The Designer’s Outpost: A Task-Centered Tangible Interface for Web Site Information Design Scott Klemmer, Mark W. Newman Group for User Interface Research Computer Science Division University of California, Berkeley Berkeley, CA 94720-1776 USA +1 510 643-3043 {srk, newman}@cs.berkeley.edu Raecine Sapien Department of Computer Science Texas A&M University College Station, Texas 77843-3112 USA +1 409 862-3217 rsapien@cs.tamu.edu ABSTRACT The Designer’s Outpost is a tangible user interface that combines the affordances of paper and large physical workspaces with the advantages of electronic media to support information design of web sites. We are developing a system to support the practices used by designers during the early phases of information design. We have created and evaluated a low-fi prototype, and are implementing a revised design. Designers will interact with the system by writing on physical Post-it Notes, arranging them on the digital desk in related groups, and drawing links between them. The system tracks the Post-its using computer vision and captures links among Post-its and groups with a stylus. Keywords Tangible interface, augmented reality, web design, sketching, information architecture, computer vision INTRODUCTION In earlier work, we conducted an ethnographic study into web design [4]. The study consisted of interviews with eleven professional web site designers from five different companies. We learned that designers create many different representations of a web site and that the production and use of these intermediate artifacts dominate the day-to-day work practice. One of our general research interests is in supporting informal interactions during the early phases of design. Focusing on the sketching and storyboarding aspects of web site creation, we have built DENIM [2]. Outpost complements this work, supporting high-level information design. Outpost is motivated by the design practice of arranging Post-it Notes on a large surface such as a wall, table, or desk. Designers write information on Post-its and stick them to the wall. They move the notes into spatially proximate groups representing categories of related information. Groups are labeled and further grouped into hierarchies. The structure of hierarchical groups becomes a
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