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Claire Timpany

My main areas of interest and research are typography, print design and physical interaction design.

Because of my love for both printed books and interactivity this is predominantly where my research interests lie and how these two areas cross over.

My research is currently focussed on the way in which people interact with printed material and how the benefits of electronic media can be applied to traditional media, such as print.
This has lead me to research into how printed media, especially books can be developed and

become more beneficial, learning and applying methods from technologies being developed in the digital age.

This was explored in my Masters, which I completed at Wanganui School of Design, with a thesis titled “Applying hypertext methods to printed books” I have published papers on this research, one being presented at the AACE Ed-media conference in Vienna, Austria in 2008.

I am currently investigating the layout considerations for applying interactive methods to books and the multiple potential design solutions to this problem.

Recent Publications

  • Cunningham, S. J., Alqurashi, H., Hinze, A., Vanderschantz, N., Timpany, C. and Heese, R. (2013) “Browsing and book selection in the physical library shelves.” Working Paper 02/2013, Department of Computer Science, The University of Waikato, Hamilton. hdl:10289/7161
  • Timpany, C. and Vanderschantz, N. (2013) “Using a categorisation structure to understand interaction in children's books.” The International Journal of the Book 10(4), 29-44.
  • Vanderschantz, N. and Timpany, C. (2013) “Who says you can't judge a book by it's cover?” The International Journal of the Book 10(4), 1-17.
  • Hinze, A., McKay, D., Vanderschantz, N., Timpany, C. and Cunningham, S. J. (2012) “Book selection behavior in the physical library: implications for ebook collections.”  Proc Twelfth ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (JCDL 2012), Washington, DC, 305-314. ACM, New York, NY. doi:10.1145/2232817.2232874
  • McKay, D., Buchanan, G., Vanderschantz, N., Timpany, C., Cunningham, S. J. and Hinze, A. (2012) “Judging a book by its cover: interfaces elements that affect reader selection of ebooks.” Farrell, V., Farrell, G., Chua, C., et al. (eds),  Proc Twenty-fourth Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OZCHI '12), Melbourne, Australia, 381-390. ACM, New York, NY. doi:10.1145/2414536.2414597
  • McKay, D., Hinze, A., Heese, R., Vanderschantz, N., Timpany, C. and Cunningham, S. J. (2012) “An exploration of ebook selection behavior in academic library collections.” Zaphiris, P., Buchanan, G., Rasmussen, E., et al. (eds),  Proc Second International Conference on Theory and Practice of Digital Libraries (TPDL 2012), LNCS 7489, Paphos, Cyprus, 13-24. Springer Berlin Heidelberg. doi:10.1007/978-3-642-33290-6_2
  • Timpany, C. (2012) “Designing the printed book as an interactive environment.” The International Journal of the Book 9(1), 11-28.
  • Timpany, C., Alqurashi, H., Hinze, A., Cunningham, S. J. and Vanderschantz, N. (2012) “Shared browsing and book selection in an academic library.” Working Paper 05/2012, Department of Computer Science, The University of Waikato, Hamilton. hdl:10289/6965
  • Timpany, C. and Vanderschantz, N. (2012) “A categorisation structure for interactive children's books: levels of interactivity in children's printed books.” The International Journal of the Book 9(4), 97-110.
  • Timpany, C., Vanderschantz, N. and Hallahan, B. (2012) “Interacting with info-graphics in a print-based environment.” Farrell, V., Farrell, G., Chua, C., et al. (eds),  Proc Twenty-fourth Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OZCHI '12), Melbourne, Australia, 589-598. ACM, New York, NY. doi:10.1145/2414536.2414626
  • Vanderschantz, N. and Timpany, C. (2012) “Analysing interaction in children's digital books.” The International Journal of the Book 9(4), 31-48.
  • Vanderschantz, N., Timpany, C. and Hill, A. (2012) “Children's reading of text on interactive whiteboards.” Farrell, V., Farrell, G., Chua, C., et al. (eds),  Proc Twenty-fourth Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OZCHI '12), Melbourne, Australia, 624-632. ACM, New York, NY. doi:10.1145/2414536.2414631
  • Timpany, C. and Vanderschantz, N. (2011) “Learning outcome dependency on contemporary ICT in the New Zealand middle school classroom.” Masoodian, M. and Rogers, B. (eds),  Proc Twelfth Annual ACM SIGCHI-NZ Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (CHINZ 2011), Hamilton, New Zealand, 65-72. ACM, New York. doi:10.1145/2000756.2000765
  • Vanderschantz, N., Hinze, A., Cunningham, S. J., Timpany, C. and McKay, D. (2011) “How to take a book off the shelf: learning about ebooks from using a physical library.”  Proc Workshop on Books, ebooks and Digital Documents, OzCHI 2011, Canberra, Australia, 1-4.
  • Vanderschantz, N., Timpany, C., Whitehead, D. and Carss, W. (2010) “A small scale study into the effect that text and background colour has on processing and self-correction rates for childrens' on-screen reading.” The International Journal of the Book 7(4), 75-88.
  • Timpany, C. (2009) “Hypertext functionality in non-fiction books.” Fulford, C. and Siemens, G. (eds),  Proc World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (ED-MEDIA 09), Honolulu, Hawaii, 4003-4012. AACE, Chesapeake, VA.
  • Timpany, C. (2009) “Developing key concepts for the design of hypertext for printed books.” The International Journal of the Book 7(1), 81-89. hdl:10289/6591
  • Timpany, C. (2009) “The affect of type and colour on readability in print and screen based environments.” Fulford, C. and Siemens, G. (eds),  Proc World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (ED-MEDIA 09), Honolulu, Hawaii, 797-806. AACE, Chesapeake, VA.
  • Timpany, C. (2008) “Hypertext for printed books to aid learning.”  Proc World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications (ED-MEDIA 08), Vienna, Austria, 5461-5466. AACE, Chesapeake, VA.
  • Timpany, C. (2007) Applying hypertext methods to printed books. Masters Thesis, November 2007, Wanganui School of Design.

Contact Claire Timpany

  • Phone (+64) 7 838 4309
  • Email ctimpany@waikato.ac.nz
  • Mail
    Faculty of Computing and Mathematical Sciences
    The University of Waikato
    Private Bag 3105
    Hamilton, NEW ZEALAND


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