The third video in our Re-imagining Apps for Ultrabook™ series is now available. In it, I wrap up our look at the impact of touch on desktop application design with an overview of touch gestures, how we can use them in our applications, and ways to make gesture-based interactions more discoverable for the people using our apps. Needing three videos to cover touch interface design is a testament not only to the importance of touch but also to the kinds of opportunities it enables. These opportunities are perhaps most visible when we look at touch gestures.
Gestures are how people get things done on touch interfaces. When coupled with keyboard and mouse interactions, like on touch-enabled Ultrabooks, touch gestures expand our palette of input capabilities and the ways people accomplish tasks within our applications. So without further ado let's look at how we can apply gestures to an existing desktop application design in Touch Gestures:
Touch Gesture Resources
In the video I mention a number of resources that are listed below for quick access.
- Touch Gesture Reference Guide by Willis, Villamor and Wroblewski
- Windows 8 Touch Guidance by Microsoft (PDF)
- Buttons are a Hack by Josh Clark
- Developing for Ultrabook™ by Intel
About the Series
The Re-imagining Apps for Ultrabook™ video series introduces new ways of thinking about the design and development of desktop applications and offers practical design advice to help developers take advantage of new opportunities in Intel's Ultrabook devices.
- Re-imagining Apps for Ultrabook™ (Part 1): Touch Interfaces
- Re-imagining Apps for Ultrabook™ (Part 2): Touch Targets
- Re-imagining Apps for Ultrabook™ (Part 3): Touch Gestures
- Re-imagining Apps for Ultrabook™ (Part 4): Location Detection
- Re-imagining Apps for Ultrabook™ (Part 5): Device Motion
About Your Host
Luke Wroblewski is an internationally recognized digital product leader who has designed or contributed to software used by more than 700 million people worldwide. He was co-founder and CPO of Bagcheck (acquired by Twitter in 2011), chief design architect at Yahoo! Inc., and is the author of three popular Web design books including his most recent: Mobile First. Luke is a contracted vendor with Intel; opinions expressed are his own and do not necessarily represent Intel's position on any issue.