CPSC 581/599.81
Interaction Design

Saul Greenberg (instructor)

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The Literal Button
a visual summary

Project

I this project I built a button which reflects my personality. The button is actually an ActiveX control constructed in Visual Basic. I entitled the button "Literal Button", because it is literally a button - a shirt button, that is. Like the student that I am, my button is at times rather discreet and quiet, and at other times expressive and encouraging. Try to ask me for my opinion in class, and I may have difficulty revealing my thoughts. But should a brilliant idea come to mind, I will let the world know with eloquence and style! The button, like myself, is also quite good at procrastinating. At some level, aren't we all?

Clearly a Button

I want to be absolutely clear about myself. If we are talking about buttons, then buttons are what you get. Yes, a screenful of shirt buttons!

 

At times discreet, at times expressive

At times I am discreet. I might not even be visible, and may blend in with everyone else out there. Your first task is to search me out. But do not worry. Once your cursor merely passes over me, I make myself known and express myself very well. Watch my retro colors come to life and my explanatory label appear from nowhere. Here, the cursor has found the E-mail button.

Sewing Lessons, anyone?

Let's check our e-mail. Try clicking the button, but nothing happens! Click again – being the helpful button I try to be, I sense your confusion and instruct you to thread my holes.

I enjoy methodical and challenging tasks. Don’t believe me? Click on each button hole to sew it up - precision counts! Once you have threaded the first hole, a length of thread follows your mouse cursor. The thread will pass through subsequent holes as you click on them.

Does the task seem difficult? Hang in there and be cheered up by my words of wisdom and encouragement!

Stubborn Procrastinator!

Sewing up all four holes is the equivalent of clicking a standard GUI button (bet you never want to see one of those again!) I start to take action, but being a procrastinator, I politely shove off the task to a later time.

 

CPSC 581/599.81
Interaction Design

Saul Greenberg (instructor)

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Submitted on January 23, 2001