The purpose of this study is to bridge the gap between the user interface designer’s conceptual model and the end user’s mental model. In the field of user interface design, every user has a different level of knowledge and experience with various products. It is easy to see how each user has a different mental model of how a product should work. Since user interface designers often design based on their own broad knowledge of the product they are creating, compared to the limited knowledge of the user, major usability issues often arise. For this reason, it is important to take steps to understand the users’ mental models to create an intuitively designed product. This independent study seeks to optimize the user experience of The College of Wooster Lowry Dining Hall menu through the design and implementation of an iOS application.


Sommer, Nathan


Computer Science


User Interface Design, iOS

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Degree Granted

Bachelor of Arts

Document Type

Senior Independent Study Thesis



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