On touch devices web browsing is cool. But, when you have lots of links and buttons in a small area, it becomes hard to tap at the right place unless you zoom the page in. Opera labs have come up with this nice and simple idea which surely is a great usability booster when it comes to mobile web browsing.
Well we must accept that we are in a new world now where the GUI has become TUI (Touch User Interface) and this got hugely popular by the adevent of the iPhone:
Here is a video of the presentation that eminent interaction designer Dan Saffer gave in the NYC IxDA meet few months back. This presentation is about TUI ie; Touch User Interface and is called “Tap is the New Click”. Pretty interesting presetation. Please watch it sparing some time as it is aprroximately more than an hour.
watch the video here: http://vimeo.com/2761844
As you all know, with the advent of apple’s iPhone, the whole industry has shifted its focus to touch UIs. Nokia being one of the biggest players in this space is fairly living up with the competition. First the Nokia 5800 ExpressMusic and then the show-stopping Nokia N97 annoucements, Nokia has certainly attracted the industry eyeballs in the touch UI space.
Now look at this new phone (name not know yet) which showed up in one of the slides from Nokia’s Capital Markets Day. This is truely something which I would like to own without knowing the features. From the UI itself I see that Nokia is planning for an unified widget framework (look at the weather and the livescore widgets) . Unlike the N97 UI this looks way too different from a typical s60 UI.
Download the whole slide deck of the Nokia Capital Market Day
Just imagine yourself working without a mouse. The mouse is an integral piece of hardware in regular computing. It celebrates its 40th anniversary today. There is a nice article on BBC about this and it has the video of first ever computer mouse demo by Doug Engelbart in 1968. definitely a must watch.
A great resource at Flashbulb Interactive for Envisioning Powerful, Engaging, and Productive User Experiences in Knowledge Work
The Idea Categories discussed are:
A. Exploring work mediation and determining scope (9)
B. Defining interaction objects (10)
C. Establishing an application framework (10)
D. Considering workers’ attentions (7)
E. Providing opportunities to offload effort (6)
F. Enhancing information representation (11)
G. Clarifying central interactions (7)
H. Supporting outcome exploration and cognitive tracing (4)
I. Working with volumes of information (7)
J. Facilitating communication (7)
K. Promoting integration into work practice (13)
L. Pursuing aesthetic refinement (5)
M. Planning connection with use (4)
You would also get two pdf files for download.
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Download “Idea Cards”
Great resource indeed