a form of non-verbal communication in which visible bodily actions communicate particular messages, either in place of speech or together and in parallel with spoken words.

learn more… | top users | synonyms

20
votes
8answers
1k views

Is shaking a device to refresh an accepted behavior?

I have an app that displays downloaded information that is cached. I could use valuable space to include a button that is used to re-download the information, or I could simply add a "shake the device ...
18
votes
6answers
2k views

Most intuitive zoom gesture that isn't tap-to-zoom/pinch-to-zoom?

With Apple claiming the Tap to Zoom and Pinch to Zoom patents and possibly enforcing them, what is an alternative that is intuitive and still distinct from tap/pinch?
16
votes
9answers
14k views

Symbol for “Swipe Left” [closed]

I'm working on an app that displays a list of ten items (text items) on the screen at a time. If there are more than ten items, the user should be able to "swipe" from right to left to see the next ...
11
votes
10answers
2k views

What is an easier unlock pattern: gesture or code?

There are two popular ways to unlock a phone. iPhone makes you type in a numerical code. Android gives you the option to draw a gesture. Which of these two is easier to remember and easier to execute? ...
10
votes
4answers
634 views

How do users learn about various gestures that are used on touch screens?

How does the user learn about various gesture in the interfaces? Does the ipad or android device have inbuilt gestural instructions when someone buys a new device? Does it demonstrate the gestures ...
10
votes
3answers
335 views

For touchscreen interaction, are there benefits to knowing a user's preferred hand?

The generally accepted answer to the question on Left-handed persons and usability is that rather than asking users which hand they use in order to determine your layout, you should let them choose ...
9
votes
7answers
2k views

Any established gesture controls for the “log out” action?

I'm working on an interface that will be interacted with through a Kinect camera, and as such don't want to rely on onscreen buttons. Using basic swiping and an occasional grab and pull, I've found ...
6
votes
5answers
529 views

Multimodal interfaces - best practices

What are best practices in using multimodal interface approaches, e.g. combination of haptic interfaces, voice commands, gestures?
6
votes
3answers
607 views

Is swipe gesture in Mobile Application distracting users with vertical scroling page ?

Normally Vertical scrolling page that used with up-down gesture for Mobile Application to browse data but also have next page to browse too Example of Sitemap Categories (Table List of ...
6
votes
2answers
114 views

“Fluid Touch” gesture menus on mobile applications

A few weeks ago, I read a blog post about a way to reduce clicks/touches when selecting items from expandable menus: The most common behavior is touching an icon to open some menu, and touch again on ...
5
votes
11answers
1k views

Multitouch gesture Interaction: Beyond the pinches and swipes.

A mixed bag of interaction and expectation... You are using the photo app on the iP(hone/od/ad) you know there are a few familiar gestures to interact. Tap to select an image. Swipe left or right ...
5
votes
2answers
211 views

Are there any conventions for mobile behavior when swiping left/right?

I'm working on a new platform for mobile. In this platform, the gesture of swiping left (from right to left) acts differently in different contexts. On an object (a rectangle with details) it opens ...
5
votes
3answers
356 views

Are there applications or methods for comfortable coding on touch screen devices? [closed]

Coding usually involves a lot of typing, but on touch screen devices too much typing is quite tedious. Some of that typing could be replaced by autocompletion or autogeneration of code and therefore ...
5
votes
2answers
175 views

Initializing gesture from continuous input (computer vision multitouch “click”)

I asked a similar question awhile back, but not exactly the same. I have some multitouch hardware (Microsoft Kinect) that tracks the user in realtime. What is the best technique for initiating a ...
4
votes
1answer
484 views

Where to find resources on tablet heatmaps?

I need heatmaps on tablet usage to see what regions users make use of on tablets. The reason that I need to do this is that I need to do a recommendation on what gestures I can use the best, to do ...
4
votes
3answers
6k views

Swipe to expand/collapse left hand navigation

My Android application has a left hand navigation menu similar to the Google TV left hand menu bar. I can programmatically collapse and expand it to make more or less room on the screen. In the narrow ...
4
votes
5answers
197 views

How can I teach the user a new gesture?

Our team is building a tool that requires a specific gesture on touch-based devices. How can we teach the user this gesture?
4
votes
2answers
603 views

Best range of swipe angles

I have a list that can be scrolled vertically, the entries of which are removed by swiping horizontally. I've found that limiting the left/right swiping to strictly horizontal makes it hard to ...
4
votes
2answers
108 views

Tap or Drag to mark a specific point?

The scenario We have a screen with a view containing many small symbols. The user will have to choose a single element. In order to find the correct element, he'll have to pinch and pan. As you can ...
4
votes
1answer
134 views

Principle in Hand Gesture Design

I want to design Hand Gesture. By hand gesture, I mean the form or movement made from wrist to the end of your finger, e.g. 'thumb up', 'peace sign', 'waving hand', etc. I design it to be tested on a ...
4
votes
1answer
126 views

What kind of feedback is appropriate for a two-finger drag gesture?

In a mobile app, I have a two-finger drag gesture as an advanced feature. I already know about the discoverability problems with multi-touch gestures, and this question is not about that aspect. The ...
3
votes
2answers
516 views

iPad tap to edit text: how intuitive is this / how can I make it clear to users?

I am building the following iPad UI, and it includes a "tap-to-edit" feature: I personally like this type of UX - I like UIs where a user can interact directly with a document. However, I'm ...
3
votes
3answers
474 views

Should I implement complex gestures for expert users?

For the most of software, there are keyboard shortcuts allowing the user to make complex actions in a small amount of time. These shortcuts are often made for advanced users and could be tricky and ...
2
votes
1answer
217 views

Would a shake-to-scroll-to-the-top scroll view annoy users?

I have a very functional and minimal application where I try to maintain functionality and screen real estate at the same time. My scroll view takes up the whole screen and I would like it to stay ...
2
votes
2answers
137 views

Does swipe behaviour on mobile devices take into account left or right-handedness?

It seems like for desktop applications it is not necessary to take into account of left/right hand differences since the mouse can operate well enough for most screen designs. However, for mobile ...
2
votes
2answers
382 views

Photoshop Layer for Demonstrating Gestures on iOS

I'm building demonstration screenshots of how to use an app and would love to be able to show tap, drag, pinch, and zoom events. This video shows some really good ones: http://vimeo.com/19347629 ...
2
votes
1answer
121 views

Selecting quite a lot of Size and Quantity

This UI is for a B2B web ecommerce page, where a buyer can enter quantities for multiple sizes of a product. They first click a size in the top row which reveals up/down arrows on the qty, which the ...
2
votes
3answers
1k views

Definition on Touch Gestures

Are there any non-platform specific definitions of touch gestures, that are typically used for devices like Android or iPhone. I'm trying to write a specification for a multi-platform product that ...
2
votes
3answers
123 views

Research on the most intuitive gestures for mobile devices

What does current UX research tell us about gestures on mobile devices? Which gestures are the simplest to execute and which are not? What makes a mobile gesture intuitive? For example: Do users ...
2
votes
2answers
4k views

Long press (press & hold) gesture in iOS app

I was wondering if this gesture is as commonly found in iPhone and iPad as in Android apps, or if it is more used in iPad than in iPhone or vice versa. I personally don't use this gesture very ...
2
votes
3answers
321 views

What is the preferred way to toggle fullscreen vs fullscreen with panels on iPhone/iPad?

I have a full screen iPad app that deals with graphics. The user has full screen as canvas, with extra controls added along the bottom and right side of the screen. I'm looking for an intuitive way ...
2
votes
4answers
254 views

What methods can I use to develop a gesture library?

There don't seem to be many universally recognised patterns for 3D gestures, such as you might use to interact with something like the Kinect. A previous question looks at Kinect gestures, but there ...
2
votes
2answers
108 views

Can I use the same touch gesture to navigate between screens and to interact with content on screen?

I have a situation where I don't really know if there is a possibility that the user experience can get sloppy. Its specifically for an iPhone app if it matters. Basically, I have two views, a list ...
2
votes
1answer
164 views

Is the iOS 7 table view swipe feasible for critical features?

Is it a good idea to embed critical features of a table view only in the menu only visible and accessable by swiping the table view element? In this case it would be delete and modify the selected ...
2
votes
2answers
230 views

Mimicking touch gestures with JavaScript

I am making a Web page where normally, the user navigates some content by clicking "Next" and "Previous" arrows. For people who use the Web page from a touch device, I can either leave the arrows as ...
2
votes
0answers
51 views

Mouse over gesture in touch interface [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What are some alternatives to “hover” on touch-based devices? I'm looking for a touch gesture/ other solution that would replace a mouse over indication ( like we see ...
1
vote
3answers
132 views

Existing touch gestures meaning “create new”?

I'm looking for any existing touch gestures that mean "create new" (e.g. "create new document", "create new graph", "create new tweet", etc). Can anyone cite any existing "create new" gestures?
1
vote
3answers
750 views

Which is the best metaphor or gesture for a radio button (YES/NO) on touch screen interface?

I need to design a radio button for selecting/deselecting items using gestures. The app is on Surface tablet. Users can select/deselect a vehicle they are intersted in. I would like to go beyond ...
1
vote
4answers
72 views

Should multiple gestures be used for the same action on mobile devises?

I'm having an argument with a colleague of mine. It has never made sense to me why someone would implement multiple gestures that perform the same function in a mobile app. Gestures depending on ...
1
vote
2answers
62 views

Gestures and mobile websites

I was wondering if anyone could share findings/research/thoughts into the usability of gestures on mobile websites (not apps). Apps like Gmail allow users to swipe emails to perform certain actions, ...
1
vote
2answers
152 views

Same gesture for multiple actions in a mobile app?

Say we are have a TODO list app. Our app has just one view for simplicity: 1. Left swipe shows menu on the right (similar to facebook chat on right) 2. Right swipe shows menu on the left (similar to ...
1
vote
3answers
221 views

Android widget : how to tell users that a similar looking control does not perform same?

In my android application I am developing a desktop widget that mirrors many important tasks supported by my application. This widget contains two buttons that mirroring their counterparts in the app ...
1
vote
2answers
1k views

UI gestures for Kinect, Kinect-type devices

On touch screen devices, there appears to have evolved a standard set of gestures, e.g. pinch and spread with two fingers for zoom in and zoom out swipe with one finger to scroll a document We're ...
1
vote
1answer
79 views

which is more affordable “tap to click” is turned off or turned on? [closed]

By default in apple notebooks, "tap to click" is turned off, every time users have to press the trackpad just to select. I feel it annoying and hope other does too. Will it be more affordable if "tap ...
1
vote
2answers
111 views

What to call the specific pinch gesture

Pinch is used to refer to the thumb and index finger either coming together or moving apart. Therefore, just to refer to it as pinch isn't exactly accurate because I need to refer to the exact ...
1
vote
1answer
157 views

What is the touchable trigger distance for iOS7's back gesture?

One of the screens in my app has progress slider with draggable handle. Currently this conflicts with the iOS 7 back navigation swipe gesture from left edge of the screen. You can't select the handle ...
1
vote
0answers
256 views

Good UI for switching between timelines of different scales [closed]

Looking for some examples of gestural interaction designs for switching quickly between different time horizons – e.g. day, week, month, year, multiple years
0
votes
2answers
150 views

How to specify or differentiate between finger and thumb interactions?

I came across an interesting research paper on the topic about the thumb's contact size for single-handed mobile interaction. It got me thinking about the difference in how we should be specifying and ...
0
votes
1answer
228 views

What are the most common modifier keys for zooming and panning with mouse and keyboard?

In a Windows Desktop application, I have a diagram control which allows zooming, panning, selection of one or several items and drag and drop of elements in the diagram. I need to decide how to ...
0
votes
1answer
63 views

Research method for touch gesture design

So, I designed/suggested some gesture for some actions for my college project. The design I made is based on common touch gesture (by common, I mean gesture usual gesture like 'tap with one finger' to ...