I've noticed recently that we often use UI elements and UX patterns from desktop and laptop, which often stem from the primary input device being a mouse or physical keyboard.
We then apply these to touch screen devices such as tablets, assuming will understand them because they will be familiar with a desktop/laptop experience.
However I see more and more articles saying that a lot of users are skipping the desktop/laptop world.
- Tablets drive increase in older people going online
- One in three children now has their own tablet computer
- Emerging shifts - away from PCs
Should we be considering taking interface cues from the physical world instead of older generations of computers?