I am pleased to announce the publication of a new book in Morgan & Claypools
series on Human-Centered Informatics.


Interface for an App: The design rationale leading to an app that allows
someone with Type 1 diabetes to self-manage their condition

Bob Spence, Imperial College London

ISBN: 9781636391557 | PDF ISBN: 9781636391564

Hardcover ISBN: 9781636391571

Copyright July, 2021 | 130 Pages



This book is an account of how I addressed the need for a smartphone app
that would allow someone with Type 1 diabetes to self-manage their


Its presentation highlights the major features of the app's interface
design. They include the selection of metaphors appropriate to a user's need
to form a mental model of the app; the importance of visible context; the
benefits of consistency; and considerations of a user's cognitive and
perceptual abilities. The latter is a key feature of the book.


But the book is also about the design process, and especially about the
valuable contributions made by the many focus group meetings in which design
ideas were first presented to people with Type 1 diabetes. Their critique,
and sometimes their rejection, of interface ideas were crucial to the
development of the app.


I hope this book will prove useful for teaching and design guidance.


Table of Contents
Terminology / Affordance / Mental Models and Metaphors / Dialogue /
Exploration / Chapter Summaries / Introduction / The Requirements /
Structure and Layout / Interface Metaphors / Dialogue / Data Entry / Explore
/ Favourites / Photographs / Exercise / Health / Advice / A Dialogue Check /
Conclusions / Reflections on Affordance and Design / Colleagues / Appendix
1: Interaction Consistency Appendix 2: A Novel Usability Tool / References /
Author Biography


Synthesis Lectures on Human-Centered Informatics

Editor, John M. Carroll, Penn State University

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With regards,


Brent Beckley
Direct Marketing Manager
Morgan & Claypool Publishers

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