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Tagged with “touch” (6)

  1. Can blind people become architects?

    In the latest version of Apple’s software for both iPhones and Macs, a feature has been included that tells websites a screen reader is being used. A screen reader is software that takes information from the screen and turns it in to digital speech or braille. This new feature is turned on by default. While it can be turned off, some blind people argue it shouldn’t be on by default as they don’t want websites or their developers, knowing they are blind. Ben Mustill-Rose is a developer who’s blind working at the BBC. He explains how the feature works and what his, and others’ concerns are.

    Beyond Sight is a project challenging the tendency for architects to prioritise the visual above all else. As part of this, UCL is offering a week-long summer school to visually impaired people interested in becoming architects. The course will cover how design can incorporate other ways of imagining and creating space. We speak to Mandy Redvers-Rowe one of the course coordinators and to Carlos Mourao-Pereira a blind architect.

    https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/m0003zvq

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  2. Mundane Computing with Josh Clark | The Breaking Development Podcast

    Fresh Squeezed Mobile is Breaking Development’s channel to get fresh ideas out there about mobile web development and design.

    This week Jim talks to Josh Clark where we discuss designing for devices that don’t have a rectangular slab of glass for touch interaction, un-social devices, and Internet connected refrigerators and so much more.

    http://fsm.bdconf.com/podcast/mundane-computing-with-josh-clark

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  3. Teaching Touch: Tapworthy Touchscreen Design

    Discover the rules of thumb for finger-friendly design. Touch gestures are sweeping away buttons, menus and windows from mobile devices—and even from the next version of Windows. Find out why those familiar desktop widgets are weak replacements for manipulating content directly, and learn to craft touchscreen interfaces that effortlessly teach users new gesture vocabularies.

    The challenge: gestures are invisible, without the visual cues offered by buttons and menus. As your touchscreen app sheds buttons, how do people figure out how to use the damn thing? Learn to lead your audience by the hand (and fingers) with practical techniques that make invisible gestures obvious. Designer Josh Clark (author of O’Reilly books "Tapworthy" and "Best iPhone Apps") mines a variety of surprising sources for interface inspiration and design patterns. Along the way, discover the subtle power of animation, why you should be playing lots more video games, and why a toddler is your best beta tester.

    Josh Clark, Principal, Global Moxie

    I’m a designer specializing in mobile design strategy and user experience. I’m author of the O’Reilly books "Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps" and "Best iPhone Apps." My outfit Global Moxie offers consulting services and training to help media companies, design agencies, and creative organizations build tapworthy mobile apps and effective websites.

    Before the interwebs swallowed me up, I worked on a slew of national PBS programs at Boston’s WGBH. I shared my three words of Russian with Mikhail Gorbachev, strolled the ranch with Nancy Reagan, hobnobbed with Rockefellers, and wrote trivia questions for a primetime game show. In 1996, I created the uberpopular "Couch-to-5K" (C25K) running program, which has helped millions of skeptical would-be exercisers take up jogging. (My motto for fitness is the same for user experience: no pain, no pain.)

    http://schedule.sxsw.com/2012/events/event_IAP10988

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  4. Josh Clark – Discoverability in Designing for Touch » UIE Brain Sparks

    While the traditional “mouse and cursor” interfaces are still in use, many of us are becoming familiar with touch-based interactions. The power and capabilities of mobile and tablet devices are growing. Often, these devices are the more convenient alternative for users to access your content. But beyond accessing your information, how are they interacting with your design?

    Josh Clark, the author of Tapworthy, offers the notion that buttons are a hack. Touchscreen devices allow users to manipulate content with more than just their index finger. Multi-touch gestures can be used in many apps, in some case as the equivalent of keyboard shortcuts on the desktop. It’s a great way to create a fluid and deeply engaging interface.

    The problem? Gestures are invisible. This leads to discoverability problems because it’s not clear what a certain gesture accomplishes, and they’re not the same in every app. Because there is no pattern library for gestures, it takes something like word of mouth for a gesture to catch on, such as the “pull down to refresh” gesture.

    Josh shares his thoughts on designing for touch with Jared Spool in this podcast. And if you need more from Josh, you won’t want to miss his January 12, 2012 virtual seminar, Buttons are a Hack: The New Rules of Designing for Touch.

    http://www.uie.com/brainsparks/2012/01/05/josh-clark-discoverability-in-designing-for-touch/

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  5. A Touchy History of the Future

    We pinch it, tap it, shake it and poke it. We’re so enthralled with finally getting to touch our products. But there’s so much more to direct manipulation than just tapping it with our fingers! Let’s explore some progressive interaction models that go beyond touch and into movement, infrared, wearable computing, sound and ambient data to really give us an idea of what our immersive interactive future may hold and how we might curate that future now.

    http://my.sxsw.com/events/event/7498

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