Sideshow: Providing Peripheral Awareness of Important Information

A fundamental issue with user interfaces is how to help users stay aware of information without being overly intrusive or distracting. In this paper we describe Sideshow, a peripheral awareness interface designed to help users stay aware of people and information. We present data from a field trial of Sideshow where several hundred employees within our company used Sideshow over a seven-month period of time. The data indicate that Sideshow’s design accomplishes the goal of providing awareness of important information without being overly distracting.

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TypeTechReport
NumberMSR-TR-2001-83
Pages10
InstitutionMicrosoft Research

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JJ Cadiz, Gina D. Venolia, Gavin Jancke, and Anoop Gupta. Designing and Deploying an Information Awareness Interface, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc., August 2002.

J. J. Cadiz, Gina Venolia, Gavin Jancke, and Anoop Gupta. Designing and deploying an information awareness interface, ACM, 2002.

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