Understanding UI Design for Creative Writing: A Pilot Evaluation

TitleUnderstanding UI Design for Creative Writing: A Pilot Evaluation
Publication TypeConference Proceedings
Year of Publication2015
AuthorsGonçalves, F., P. Campos, and A. Garg
Conference NameINTERACT 2015 Adjunct Proceedings: 15th IFIP TC. 13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 14-18 September 2015, Bamberg, Germany
Date Published09/2015
PublisherUniversity of Bamberg Press

This paper describes a new study about how youths react when they use creative writing environments to express themselves. In this pilot study, we present reactions of young students in India, in a between-subjects design using MS Word as baseline and a “calm” and relaxing writing tool called OmmWriter. We analyze the influence of this type of tools to assess if a creative writing user interface can positively influence the productivity and mental well-being of users. Writing has been one of the most important developments of human civilization, but people are often unconscious of how long and complicated this path has been. However, understanding the creative writing user interface is a necessary activity if one wishes to shape future tools. Following a triangulation from results and qualitative data, we could notice that this experience increased the students' desire to write more, everyday.