Designing for touchscreens and tablets
Presenter: Dan Saffer
Date: Wednesday May 11 2011, 9.00am to 5.00pm
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Tap is the New Click: A hands-on (fingers-on?) workshop
Hundreds of millions of touchscreen devices will be on the market in the next three years. Are you ready to design for them? What do you need to know? What are the best practices gleaned from the last four years of wide-spread touchscreen use?
At the end of the workshop, you should have an understanding of the issues surrounding designing for touchscreen devices, know where the best places on a device are for positioning actions, be able to work around fingers not cursors, “translate” an application from a web/desktop based one to touch, and paper prototype and test an app for mobile touch.
What will be covered?
- Exploring designing for fingers instead of a cursor or 5-way
- Learning how to design touch targets
- Discussing activity zones and positioning of menus and controls
- Paper prototyping an app for a small touchscreen
- How to communicate the presence and instructions for gestures
- Exercises in the design language of mobile touch
- Paper prototyping and testing an app for a tablet
Who is this workshop for?
This workshop is designed for those learning how to design for touchscreens or who want to improve their touchscreen capabilities with some technical knowledge and thoughtful, hands-on practice.
About Dan Saffer
Dan Saffer is an interaction designer and the author of two books: Designing Gestural Interfaces and Designing for Interaction. He is the co-founder and one of the principals at Kicker Studio, a design consultancy in San Francisco that does “interaction-infused” product design.
Since 1995, Dan has designed devices, software, websites, and services that are currently used by millions every day. He speaks at conferences and teaches workshops on interaction design all over the world. He and his products have been in BusinessWeek, Fast Company, and Wired, and his design innovations have received several patents.