Conference Talk

Adapting to Different Forms of Input

April 2014 90 minutes

  • There is no connection between form factor and input
  • We can’t detect input until someone uses it
  • Aiming for “touch” as the input is a good starting point
  • Designing for user needs and usage works across form factors
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For years, we treated the web as if it was a fixed canvas. It took the iPhone and Ethan Marcotte’s article on Responsive Web Design for us to realize how dynamic the UI could be.

But in addition to keyboards, we now have touch screens, cameras, voice control, and sensors as different kinds of inputs. Plus, we can’t know which inputs the user prefers to use until after we’ve tried designing with—and for—those inputs.

So how do we design for all of the explosion of these dynamic inputs?

  • There is no connection between form factor and input

  • We can’t detect input until someone uses it

  • Aiming for “touch” as the input is a good starting point

  • Designing for user needs and usage works across form factors

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