Ward, Matthew Oliver
The concept of Design Patterns has been around for over 30 years, originating in the architectural community. This paper explores the application of Design Patterns as it relates to User Interface Design. Current pattern collections and thinking are researched and evaluated to determine their overall effectiveness, as well as their practicality. A prototype application is developed using User Interface Design Patterns in order to demonstrate the utility of design patterns. Design patterns are found to be a useful development tool, however the lack of definition, simplicity of many patterns, and scattered pattern collections prevent them from realizing their potential in the User Interface community.
Worcester Polytechnic Institute
Major Qualifying Project
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