G71 – Do not use blinking elements or other elements that capture attention. Graphics should be relevant and not for decoration. Minimal to no animation should be present.

Standard

Guideline:

Do not use blinking elements or other elements that capture attention. Graphics should be relevant and not for decoration.  Minimal to no animation should be present.

Guideline Description:

The use of blinking elements should be avoided because these elements capture attention of older adults. Additionally other animated or irrelevant graphics, information and elements that may distracting an older adult should be also avoid.

Example:

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An example of blinking element that should be avoid.

Source:

Healthcare TV Based User Interfaces for Older Adults, 2010
Designing touch-based interfaces for the elderly,2010

Tags:

Animation , Elderly, Graphics, Layout.

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G67 – Remove user interface elements calling attention as soon as they are not needed.

Standard

Guideline:

Remove user interface elements calling attention as soon as they are not needed.

Guideline Description:

Animations are examples of interface elements that call attention of the user. In the case of older adults it is difficult ignore the distractions caused by this element. For this reason, animations and other similar interfaces elements that calls attention should be removed.

Example:

computer-animated

An example of an animation that should be avoid.

Source:

Healthcare TV Based User Interfaces for Older Adults, 2010

Tags:

Animation,Content, Elderly, Layout.

G62 – Avoid moving text and other animations.

Standard

Guideline:

Avoid moving text and other animations.

Guideline Description:

Moving text is difficult to reading by older adults, for this reason  all animations on text or other type of animations that may divert users attention should be avoid.

Example:

cs3animationAn example of moving text, that should be avoid.

Source:

Healthcare TV Based User Interfaces for Older Adults, 2010
Designing touch-based interfaces for the elderly,2010

Tags:

Animation, Design, Elderly, Layout, Text.

G7 – Animations alone are not effective in signaling synchronous and asynchronous events on the interfaces and should be accompanied by redundant information in other modalities.

Standard

Guideline:

Animations alone are not effective in signaling synchronous and asynchronous events on the interfaces and should be accompanied by redundant information in other modalities.

Guideline Description:

Animations can be used in the interface to informing the user in perceiving and understanding both system’s responses, synchronous events (e.g. the automatic storing of a copy of a sent postcard in the drawer) and asynchronous events (e.g., the reception of a post card) in the case of an application to send and receive post-cards. The animations alone used are not enough to transmit system status to users and additional complementary information is needed.

Example:

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Mobitable is a system to send and receive post-cards. In this system it has been verified that the use of animations alone is not enough to transmit to user the system status.

Illustration adapted from An Exploratory Study of a Touch-Based Gestural Interface for Elderly

Source:

An Exploratory Study of a Touch-Based Gestural Interface for Elderly,2010

Tags:

Accessibility, Animation, Elderly, User experience.