Semiotics Explorations on Designing the Information Intensive Web Interfaces
Muhammad Islam1, Mohsin Ali1, Ali Al-Mamun2, and Motaharul Islam3
1Department of Computer Science and Engineering, Khulna University of Engineering & Technology, Bangladesh
2Department of Computer Science and Information Technology, Islamic University Islamic University of Technology, Bangladesh
3Training and Instrumentation Division, University Grants Commission, Bangladesh
Abstract: The growth of technological innovations, internet developments, and their (web) applications has raised a definite issue on retaining the web interface quite understandable. Moreover, a need is also being felt on developing suitable and coherent guidelines for designing interface to swell the user interpretability of web signs. These design principles are semiotics by nature and semiotics is the science of signs, that is, meaning’s of representations. For this, new and important perspectives for interface design would be discovered by semiotic analysis on interface signs. Therefore, this research mainly focuses on the valuable insights that semiotic analysis could offer to present the fundamental concepts to create understandable signs. The fundamental role of this research is to provide the semiotics background to the web designers with presenting the entire semiotics explanations for a particular web domain and the semiotics golden rules that will help them to designing the web interface signs comprehensible and usable to work with.
Keywords: Usability, human computer interaction, web interface, empirical study.
Received May 4, 2008; accepted June 8, 2008