Designing interactive newsprint

Frohlich, David, Ely, Philip, Moore, Helen, Golsteijn, Connie, Egglestone, Paul, Mills, John orcid iconORCID: 0000-0002-4491-6796, Rogers, Jon, Metcalfe, Tom, Stone, Kate et al (2017) Designing interactive newsprint. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 104 . pp. 36-49. ISSN 1071-5819

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The possibility of linking paper to digital information is enhanced by recent developments in printed electronics. In this article we report the design and evaluation of a local newspaper augmented with capacitive touch regions and an embedded Bluetooth chip working with an adjunct device. These allowed the interactive playback of associated audio and the registration of manual voting actions on the web. Design conventions inherited from paper and the web were explored by showing four different versions of an interactive newspaper to 16 community residents. The diverse responses of residents are described, outlining the potential of the approach for local journalism and recommendations for the design of interactive newsprint.

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