Tuesday, August 11, 2009

Design Principles For Creating New Interfaces

I wanted to share a paper I came across while researching a piece on Human Factors Engineering for a Multitouch Interfaces.

In the paper, Richard E. Mayer and Roxana Moreno of UCSB lay out five key principals for designing new multimedia interfaces:

Multiple Representation Principle:

Its is better to present an explanation in words and pictures than solely in words.

Contiguity Principle:
When giving a multimedia explanation, present corresponding words and pictures contiguously rather than separately.

Split-Attention Principle:

When giving a multimedia explanation, present words as auditory narration rather than as visual on-screen text.

Individual Differences Principle:

The foregoing principles are more important for lowknowledge
than high-knowledge learners, and for high-spatial rather than low-spatial learners.

Coherence Principle:

When giving a multimedia explanation, use few rather than many extraneous words and pictures.

Monday, August 10, 2009

Finally A Great Multitouch Keyboard.

I've been prattling on about the need to integrate mechanical affordances with pressure sensitive keyboard for a while now and I'm really excited to finally see a demo. For me, this really proves the potential!

This comes via Johnny Lee's blog: Procrastineering.com

Yet another awesome project from Paul Dietz, Steve Steven Bathiche and company.

Thursday, August 6, 2009

Great Demo About the Impact of Foveal View on Interface Design

I've been working on a book about designing multitouch interfaces and have been looking for great ways to explain the impact of human vision on the design of digital content. While this video is by no means a complete overview, it's a great primer. If you are a designer, it's a great way to explain your decisions about hierarchy and layout.

Tuesday, August 4, 2009

Video of Apple's 2010 Touch Tablet

...from 1987. In the late '80's, Apple started the "computer of the future" concept video genre with a scenario for a voice-driven touch tablet of 2010. According to the tea leaf readers, this vision should come to fruition next month. Hopefully, the product styling will be better.