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?

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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.


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.

  • The original question is still valid, this answer should be a comment on the original question
    – mw1
    Dec 16, 2013 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. Dec 16, 2013 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, 2013 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.
    – mw1
    Dec 17, 2013 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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