Ethereal planes: A design framework for 2D information spaces in 3D mixed reality environments

Barrett Ens, Juan David Hincapié-Ramos, Pourang Irani

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Abstract

Information spaces are virtual workspaces that help us manage information by mapping it to the physical environment. This widely influential concept has been interpreted in a variety of forms, often in conjunction with mixed reality. We present Ethereal Planes, a design framework that ties together many existing variations of 2D information spaces. Ethereal Planes is aimed at assisting the design of user interfaces for next-generation technologies such as head-worn displays. From an extensive literature review, we encapsulated the common attributes of existing novel designs in seven design dimensions. Mapping the reviewed designs to the framework dimensions reveals a set of common usage patterns. We discuss how the Ethereal Planes framework can be methodically applied to help inspire new designs. We provide a concrete example of the framework's utility during the design of the Personal Cockpit, a window management system for head-worn displays.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationSUI'14 - Proceedings of the 2nd ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction
Subtitle of host publicationOctober 4–5, 2014 Honolulu, HI, USA
EditorsFrank Steinicke, Evan Suma, Wolfgang Stuerzlinger
Place of PublicationNew York NY USA
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery (ACM)
Pages2-12
Number of pages11
ISBN (Electronic)9781450328203
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2014
Externally publishedYes
EventSymposium on Spatial User Interaction 2014 - Honolulu, United States of America
Duration: 4 Oct 20145 Oct 2014
Conference number: 2nd

Conference

ConferenceSymposium on Spatial User Interaction 2014
Abbreviated titleSUI 2014
CountryUnited States of America
CityHonolulu
Period4/10/145/10/14

Keywords

  • Design framework
  • Head-worn displays
  • Information spaces
  • Mixed reality
  • Spatial user interfaces

Cite this

Ens, B., Hincapié-Ramos, J. D., & Irani, P. (2014). Ethereal planes: A design framework for 2D information spaces in 3D mixed reality environments. In F. Steinicke, E. Suma, & W. Stuerzlinger (Eds.), SUI'14 - Proceedings of the 2nd ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction: October 4–5, 2014 Honolulu, HI, USA (pp. 2-12). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). https://doi.org/10.1145/2659766.2659769