Project title: Designing for communities in emergency situations: Redesigning the FireWatch website interface
Supervisor: Dr Studart Medley
The anticipated practical outcome of this research is a public access version of the FireWatch interface, designed to meet the needs of rural communities in Western Australia. To achieve this, the research will investigate appropriate ways to make a website usable and accessible in emergency situations, while engendering credibility and authority as a source of information.
Anticipated theoretical outcomes for the project include: how to balance the needs of users with usability, functionality and other HCI factors- particularly in emergency situations; and how visual rhetoric applies specifically in a web interface design context.