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Ecological Interface Design

1st Edition

By Catherine M. Burns, John Hajdukiewicz

CRC Press

344 pages | 177 B/W Illus.

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Ecological Interface Design delivers the techniques and examples that provide you with a foundation to succeed in designing advanced display graphics. The opening chapters introduce the "art" of interface design by exposing the analytical methods behind designs, the most common graphical forms, and how these methods and forms are pulled together to create a complete design.

The book then incorporates case studies that further emphasize techniques and results. Each example exemplifies a solution to a certain part of the EID puzzle. Some of the examples demonstrate the analysis phase, while others apply more scrutiny to graphical design. Each is unique, allowing allowing you to use them in the development of your own designs.

The volume concludes with an analysis that connects ecological interface design with other common interface design methods, enabling you to better understand how to combine approaches in the creation of design solutions.


"Burns and Hajdukiewicz have done a masterful job at moving EID from a craft that can be performed only by a few insiders using a great deal of 'black magic' to a more easily understood and practiced design skill."

Kim J. Vicente, Department of Mechanical & Industrial Engineering, University of Toronto, from the Foreword

Table of Contents

Introduction and Overview

Scope of this Book

Types of Design Problems

The Ecological Part of EID


Motivation for EID


Work Domain Analysis

Defining the System of Interest

What Is an Abstraction Hierarchy?

Level by Level, Working through an Abstraction Hierarchy

Part-Whole Hierarchies

Models with Social Constraints

Techniques for Managing Large Models

Models of Multiple Domains

Testing Your Model for Completeness

Summary: Double-Checking Your Work Domain Model - Rules to Use

as You Actually Build It

The Language of Interface Design

Interface Description

Forms of Reference

A Visual Thesaurus for Data Relationships

How to Develop a New Visual Form

Summary: Visual Thesaurus Review Sheet

Using a Work Domain Model in Design

Information Requirements

Information Availability Analysis: What to Do if You Can't Measure It

Using Information Requirements in Design

Example Design Process

Functional Information Profiles: Working with Existing Designs

Summary: From Information and Constraints to Design

Transportation Systems

Challenges with Transportation Systems

Analysis for Command and Control of a Frigate

Analysis for Command and Control of a Destroyer

A Display for an Aircraft

A Display for Balancing Fuel in an Aircraft

Handling the Challenges

Process Control Systems

Challenges with Process Control Systems

Design for Thermal Power Generation System

Design for a Nuclear Power Simulation

Design for a Pasteurizer

Design for an Acetylene Hydrogenation Reactor

Design for a Large Refinery

Handling the Challenges

Telecommunications Systems

Challenges with Telecommunications Systems

Analysis for Network Management

An Alternative Design: Design for Scalability

Analysis for Radio Communications

Handling the Challenges

Medical Systems


Design for Oxygenation Monitoring in the Neonatal Intensive Care


Patient Monitoring in the Operating Room

Analysis for Diabetes Management

Handling the Challenges

Social Systems


Casino Gambling

Handling the Challenges

Using EID with Other Methods

A Design Framework: Defining Opportunities to Use EID with Other


EID and Other Methods





Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Engineering
TECHNOLOGY & ENGINEERING / Industrial Health & Safety