Software applications for design and creation typically contain hundreds or thousands of features, which collectively give users enormous expressive power. Unfortunately, these applications can also be difficulty to learn and use, particularly when trying to perform unfamiliar tasks.
I am interested in how we can redesign the interfaces to feature-rich software applications to make them easier to learn and use. To this end, my dissertation work explores the idea of task-centric user interfaces, which allow users to quickly customize the interface of an application to their current task.
Ben Lafreniere, Tovi Grossman, Justin Matejka, and George Fitzmaurice. () Investigating the Feasibility of Extracting Tool Demonstrations from In-Situ Video Content. Proceedings of CHI 2014 (to appear)
Andrea Bunt, Patrick Dubois, Ben Lafreniere, Michael Terry, and David Cormack. () TaggedComments: Promoting and Integrating User Comments in Online Application Tutorials. Proceedings of CHI 2014 (to appear)
Ben Lafreniere, Andrea Bunt, Matthew Lount, and Michael Terry. () Understanding the Roles and Uses of Web Tutorials. Proceedings of ICWSM 2013 [PDF]
Ben Lafreniere, Tovi Grossman, and George Fitzmaurice. () Community Enhanced Tutorials: Improving Tutorials with Multiple Demonstrations. Proceedings of CHI 2013 [PDF]
Adam Fourney, Ben Lafreniere, Richard Mann, and Michael Terry. () “Then Click OK!” Extracting References to Interface Elements in Online Documentation. Proceedings of CHI 2012
Ben Lafreniere, Andrea Bunt, Matthew Lount, and Michael Terry. () “Looks cool, I'll try this later!”: Understanding the Faces and Uses of Online Tutorials. Tech Report CS-2012-01 [PDF]
Ben Lafreniere, Andrea Bunt, Matthew Lount, Filip Krynicki, and Michael Terry. () AdaptableGIMP: Designing a Socially-Adaptable Interface. Proceedings of UIST 2011 (Poster) [PDF] [Poster PNG]
Benjamin Lafreniere, Andrea Bunt, John Whissell, Charles Clarke, and Michael Terry. () Characterizing Large-Scale Use of a Direct Manipulation Application in the Wild. Proceedings of Graphics Interface 2010 (GI 2010) [PDF]
Michael Terry, Matthew Kay, and Ben Lafreniere. () Perceptions and Practices of Usability in the Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) Community. Proceedings of CHI 2010 [PDF]
Peter Brass, Ferran Hurtado, Benjamin Lafreniere, and Anna Lubiw () A Lower Bound on the Area of a 3-Coloured Disk Packing. () International Journal of Computational Geometry and Applications (IJCGA), v.20(3), pp.341-360
Peter Brass, Ferran Hurtado, Benjamin Lafreniere, and Anna Lubiw () A Lower Bound on the Area of a 3-Coloured Disc Packing. Proceedings of the 19th Canadian Conference on Computational Geometry, August 2007, pp.101--104
Angela C. Sodan, Garima Gupta, Lin Han, Lun Liu, and Benjamin Lafreniere () Time and Space Adaptation for Computational Grids with the ATOP-Grid Middleware. Journal of Future Generation Computer Systems, v.28(6), pp.561--581
Asish Mukhopadhyay, Samidh Chatterjee, and Benjamin Lafreniere (2006) On the All-Farthest-Segments problem for a planar set of points. () Information Processing Letters, v.100, pp.120--123
Benjamin J. Lafreniere and Angela C. Sodan () ScoPred -- Scalable User-Directed Performance Prediction Using Complexity Modeling and Historical Data. Proceedings of the 11th Workshop on Job Scheduling Strategies for Parallel Processing. Lecture Notes in Computer Science LNCS 3834, pp.62--90
For more information on my publications and those of my coauthors, see my DBLP entry.
Nathan Willis. LGM: Usability and AdaptableGIMP. Linux Weekly News, May 18, 2012 [URL]
Dave Johnson Make the Free GIMP Photo Editor Easier to Use. PC World Digital Focus Blog, Oct 31, 2011 [URL]
ginger coons. AdaptableGIMP: User Interfaces for Users. Libre Graphics Magazine, Issue 1.2 [PDF]