Bennett Place AR: Evaluating an AR Application at a Historic Site from a UX Design Perspective

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2023

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This thesis explores the integration of User Experience (UX) Design in digital humanities, with a focus on Augmented Reality (AR) at Bennett Place. It draws on Brennan's public digital humanity concept, emphasizing the need for public-oriented approaches in digital humanities. The research employs UX design methods, adhering to a workflow comprising research, ideation, design, and user testing.In the research stage, Bennett Place's historical context and visitor personas are analyzed to inform design objectives and user expectations. The ideation stage addresses content design and AR technology selection, aiming for effective information delivery and inclusive user experiences. The design stage details the digital project's implementation. The final delivery of this thesis is an iOS AR app the final stage involves user testing to evaluate the application of AR in enhancing on-site visiting experience at Bennett Place. Although the testing results are not definitive, they provide valuable insights for future digital humanities projects, particularly in public engagement. This thesis demonstrates the effectiveness of AR in enhancing on-site visiting experience at Bennett Place and highlights the potential for incorporating UX methodologies in digital humanities, advocating for more user-focused, engaging, and informative experiences.

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Shi, Ruojin (2023). Bennett Place AR: Evaluating an AR Application at a Historic Site from a UX Design Perspective. Master's thesis, Duke University. Retrieved from https://hdl.handle.net/10161/30245.

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