We need to rethink affordances in interface design

Yesterday David Arno tweeted this:
“Use proper affordances — buttons should look like buttons” Why? How often do ppl press physical buttons compared with hitting touch areas? (source).

David hits the nail on the head. A touch area should look like a touch area – the button term in the “tactile transferred to touchscreen” is redundant. It’s redundant because the tactile button itself is pretty much extinct. Sure, there are physical buttons on kitchen devices etc., but many, many buttons today are placed on a digital interface.

Video: my gotoAndSki(‘Switzerland’) talk

My talk at gotoAndSki(‘Switzerland’) was about cognitive psychology and what we can learn from psychology to create better interaction design. The video (kindly uploaded by Fernando Colaco) takes about an hour, so settle in with your lunch or a cup of evening tea before clicking “play” :)

Presentation Ninja Tricks #4: Presenting for very small audiences

Over the past three days, I’ve posted 3 blog posts with Presentation Ninja Tricks, and I’ve gotten a lot of positive feedback on it – thank you :)

However, as Dennis B. Petersen pointed out to me, my posts, as any other he has read about presentation skills, are primarily focused on presentations for larger audiences. But, Dennis asked me, where are the tips for presentations with very limited audiences such as a meeting between a consultant and client, or a daily presentation in an organization? Presentations that to a great extent also function as a direct delivery of information and documentation?

Talking about psychology: description of my gotoAndSki talk

gotoAndSki(‘Switzerland’) is only a few weeks away(!), and I absolutely can’t wait!

There will be a lot of great sessions to see. My talk will evolve around the field of cognitive psychology.

Cognitive psychology is about how we learn. How we perceive. How we react to things we interact with.

I will be speaking at gotoAndSki Switzerland

gotoAndSki() Switzerland 27th to 29th January 2011

gotoAndSki Switzerland is not your usual conference. It takes place in the Swiss Alps on the 27th to 29th of January, and instead of talks during the day, the session schedule is at night to leave both attendees and speakers free to have fun on the slopes and enjoy the beautiful scenery during the day.

The Best of Flash on the Beach

Flash on the Beach 2010 was a very different experience from 2009 for me. First of all, I was here on my own this year, which gave me more of an opportunity to meet a lot of new people. That was really a huge high point of the conference, as I’ve mentioned in a previous post.

Another difference from 2009 was of course also the fact that this year, I was part of the Elevator Pitch session – an amazing experience that you can read much more about here.

And so in this post, I want to dwell a bit on the presentations. Initially, I set out to make a top 3 favorites listing. But I couldn’t. There was simply too many fantastic talks. So, after much consideration and hard prioritasion, I’ve narrowed it down to my 5 favorites: