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Arranging Icons on Small Displays: Do Hexagonal Layouts Improve Search Performance?

Bouwman, T; Brumby, D; (2020) Arranging Icons on Small Displays: Do Hexagonal Layouts Improve Search Performance? In: Proceedings of the 2020 HFES 64th International Annual Meeting. (pp. pp. 1022-1026). Sage Green open access

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Abstract

Mobile devices with small displays can use hexagonal layouts of circular icons to use space more efficiently – we test whether this design choice improves people's search performance. An experiment is reported in which 24 participants performed known-item searches of menus that varied along four dimensions: (1) whether icons were arranged using a hexagonal or a grid layout, (2) how closely icons were placed next to each other, (3) the number of icons in the display that shared the same color as the target, and (4) whether icons stayed in the same location or moved between trials. Results show that search times were faster with hexagonal layouts but only when there were many same-color distractors and icons were packed very close to each other. This work contributes new empirical findings on how icon arrangements, in interaction with other critical visual design features, affect search performance.

Type: Proceedings paper
Title: Arranging Icons on Small Displays: Do Hexagonal Layouts Improve Search Performance?
Event: HFES 64th International Annual Meeting
Dates: 05 October 2020 - 09 October 2020
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1177/1071181320641245
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1177/1071181320641245
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > UCL Interaction Centre
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10111706
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