Brave NUI World
Designing Natural User Interfaces for Touch and Gesture
- Daniel Wigdor, UX Architect and Platform Architect, Microsoft
- Dennis Wixon, Research Manager, Microsoft
Product and interaction designers, developers and managers are already well versed in UI design, but touch-based interfaces have added a new level of complexity. They need quick references and real-world examples in order to make informed decisions when designing for these particular interfaces. Brave NUI World is the first practical book for product and interaction developers and designing touch and gesture interfaces. Written by developers of industry-first, multi-touch, multi-user products, this book gives you the necessary tools and information to integrate touch and gesture practices into your daily work, presenting scenarios, problem solving, metaphors, and techniques intended to avoid making mistakes.
AudiencePractitioners, researchers, students in user experience design, user interface design, interaction design, software design, human computer interaction, human factors, information design, information architecture, game designers
- Published: April 2011
- Imprint: MORGAN KAUFMANN
- ISBN: 978-0-12-382231-4
"Brave Nui World by Daniel Wigdor and Dennis Wixon is a must read for anyone involved in creating compelling user interfaces using modern technology and who, after testing, say âWhy didnât that design work the way it was intended?â To novices in the field, it will read as a how-to guide. For seasoned designers, it reads like a novel where you suspect the outcome but there is usually a twist in the plot, giving you that extra idea to think again. I genuinely enjoyed it and I am not likely to put it away soon."-Paul Neervoort, Lead User Experience Design, Philips Design "A good grounding framework that immediately kindles ideas of how best to use NUI. Based on the developments of the past few decades, it provides solid foundations of NUI and develops these with the use of specific examples.While this isn't a cookbook, it does provide clear thematic guidance on how to make your NUI experience excel. The book covers basic through to advanced concepts in a very clear way. Good for reference, but even better if you read it cover to cover - you will grow immeasurably."--Dylan Evans, Principal Usability Consultant, Veluuria "Interfaces are moving beyond our usual computers and into many facets of our lives. The way we design these interfaces is changing too.
Table of Contents
Part I: Introduction
- The Natural User Interface
- Ecological Niche: Computing and the Social Environment & Ways of Working Part II: Design Ethos of NUI
- Less is More
- Contextual Environments
- Super Real
- User Differentiation Part III: New Technologies: Understanding & Technological Artefacts
- The State-Model of Input Devices
- Fat Fingers
- No Touch Left Behind
- Touch vs. In-Air Gestures Part IV: Creating an Interaction Language
- MDA Revisited
- New Primitives
- Anatomy of a Gesture
- Makes a good Gesture Language
- Self-Revealing Gestures
- Mode and Flow of a Gesture System Part V: No such thing as Touch
- Know your platform: Vision, Resistive, Capacitive, etc.
- The Fundamentals Have to Work
- Number of Contacts
- Contact Data: Shape, Pressure, and Hover
- NUI UDI (User Defined Interface) and the Myth of the âNatural Gesture Setâ.
- False Recognition
- RITE With a Purpose
Part VI: Process: How do You Get There?