Andraž Petrovčič, Ph.D., visited the Leibniz-Zentrum für Psychologische Information und Dokumentation (ZPID)
Andraž Petrovčič, Ph.D., visited the Leibniz-Zentrum für Psychologische Information und Dokumentation (ZPID) at the University of Trier, Germany, between 21 and 24 November. His visit was part of the collaboration between Centre of Social Informatics, Centre for welfare studies (both Faculty of Social Sciences at University of Ljubljana) and ZPID funded by the Slovenian research agency.
Besides the individuals meetings held with researchers at ZPID aimed at strengthening the research collaboration between the research centers, Andraž Petrovčič also gave an invited lecture “Age-friendly design of smartphones: A must or an option today?” in which he presented an overview of older adults user experience with smartphones and outlined the findings of studies recently carried out at CSI in this research area.
The abstract of the lecture is available below while its handouts can be retrieved from here.
Title of the lecture: Age-friendly design of smartphones: A must or an option today?
The human factors and ergonomics literature claims that the slow uptake of smartphones amongst older adults is related to scarce implementation of age-friendly design guidelines for smartphone user interfaces. Therefore, this presentation will lay out an informative overview of guidelines and heuristics for an age-friendly design of user interfaces on smartphones by presenting their evolution and suitability over time. Implications of gesture and touch-based small-screen interfaces will be discussed in the context of age-dependent modalities of older adults that stem from their perception/sensation, cognition, and/or movement limitations. In addition, the results of selected studies will be shown and discussed which empirically verified the importance of age-friendly interface guidelines for usability performance of older adults on smartphones.