Evaluating usability-supporting architecture patterns: Reactions from usability professionals

Edgardo Luzcando, Davide Bolchini, Anthony Faiola

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Usability professionals and software engineers approach software design differently, which creates a communication gap that hinders effective usability design discussions. An online survey was conducted to evaluate how usability professionals react to Usability-Supporting Architecture Patterns (USAPs) as a potential way to bridge this gap. Members of the Usability Professionals Association (UPA) participated in a pretest-posttest control group design experiment where they answered questions about USAPs and software design. Results suggest that participants perceived USAPs as useful to account for usability in software architectures, recognizing the importance of the USAPs stated usability benefits. Additionally, results showed a difference in perception of the USAPs stated usability benefits between US and European participants. A better understanding of what the usability community thinks about USAPs can lead to their improvement as well as increased adoption by software engineers, which can lead to better integration of usability and HCI principles into software design.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHuman-Computer Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationNew Trends - 13th International Conference, HCI International 2009, Proceedings
Number of pages9
EditionPART 1
StatePublished - 2009
Event13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2009 - San Diego, CA, United States
Duration: Jul 19 2009Jul 24 2009

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
NumberPART 1
Volume5610 LNCS
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Conference13th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, HCI International 2009
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySan Diego, CA


  • Architecture Patterns
  • HCI
  • Software Design
  • USAP
  • Usability
  • Usability Professionals

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • Computer Science (all)


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