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?


This movie on Vimeo displays the Clear iOS app. It demonstrates some gestures that create new items. I'm not saying they are standard, but it may be a start. They seem to have two: pull down, and pinch out.

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Gestures that don't mimic real physical interaction are not easily learned. I would suggest you do not use a gesture for this but a button, icon, or text instead.

Questions to ask before introducing a gesture:

  1. Am I adding value? Or is it a gimmick?

  2. Does this gesture make sense if it were manipulating the physical.

  3. How many seconds does this add to the users goal? Both in action and in learning.

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  • The original question is still valid, this answer should be a comment on the original question – hammerbrostime Dec 16 '13 at 20:32
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    No, it really shouldn't be a commit as it points out a very valid point of when to use gestures and cite reasons not to make one up for a "non physical" action. Just because you are in a "gesture environment" does not mean you should have a specific gesture for each action. A button labeled "create new" is much more intuitive to a user the any gesture you'll create. – Evil Closet Monkey Dec 16 '13 at 21:30
  • @hammerbrostime Did you see my questions? Do you feel your product requirements passes those? Perhaps expand more on what the product does? – jonshariat Dec 17 '13 at 19:57
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    @evil-closet-monkey I would say jonshariat's answer suggests a general heuristic, but like most heuristics, there are usually exceptions. My question was very pointed and didn't require any specific use cases, BUT lets say a power user wanted a qestural shortcut that could be used anywhere on a app or site... then we've created the gestural equivalent of a keyboard shortcut. Such a gestural shortcut does not preclude the existence of a obvious button, icon or text link. – hammerbrostime Dec 17 '13 at 22:25

I believe a gesture would come with familiarity in using a product, much like keyboard short-cuts on OSX & Windows.

A button should be provided to create new, which can be hidden within an option screen, along with the ability to create the gesture for create new.

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