User Interface Facades video

User Interface Façades

User interfaces are becoming more and more complex. Adaptable and adaptive interfaces have been proposed to address this issue and previous studies have shown that users prefer interfaces that they can adapt to self-adjusting ones. However, most existing systems provide users with little support for adapting their interfaces. Interface customization techniques are still very primitive and usually constricted to particular applications.

User Interface Façades is a system that provides users with simple ways to adapt, reconfigure, and re-combine existing graphical interfaces, through the use of direct manipulation techniques.

The animation on this page demonstrates some of the basic features of Façades. Another video demonstrates more of the features. Our UIST 2006 paper (available e.g. here, here, or here (ACM), provides some technical details and presents several examples to illustrate the potential of User Interface Façades.

The system is freely available as part of the Linux-based Metisse window system, which can be downloaded via CVS.

Wolfgang Stuerzlinger, Interactive Systems Research Group, York University, Toronto, Canada
Olivier Chapuis, In Situ, Univ. Paris-Sud, France
Dusty Phillips, Interactive Systems Research Group, York University, Toronto
Nicolas Roussel, In Situ, Univ. Paris-Sud, France


This work has been partially supported by NSERC and the French ACI Masses de donnees (Micromegas project, 2003-2006).