The Future of Buttons Is Short

by Christopher Paul on February 19, 2012

From GigaOm/The Apple Blog:

The small-screen real estate of mobile devices has forced companies to scale down the bells and whistles and extraneous content afforded by the web, prioritizing features and services that make the most impact for the business and customer experience.

Clear’s focus on gestural UI bestows this sense of magic by escaping the traditional paradigm of check boxes and text inputs that normally exist with digital to-do lists.

I’ve only started to port my Things list over to Clear so I’m not quite used to all the gesturing yet. But it will happen. Like the official Twitter app, and Tweetie before it, it took me a week or so. But now that I am, any app – even the excellent Tweetbot, Twiterlator, Tweetings, and so many non-Twitter apps I go back and forth on – I can’t help but feel that any extra tap, (slow) animation, swipe, or confusing action (swipe one way to do X, another to do Y), makes for a poor user experience.

On mobile devices, like smartphones, I’m all about speed. Simplicity is a given. Anything that isn’t either of those two gets me frustrated and the app gets deleted. Like I said before, every action has a cost. I like the way Clear approached the concept of a task list and, in something rather paradoxical, I can’t wait to add things to my to-do list to get more familiar with it.

Like Tweetie changed the way we refresh our social feeds with its ‘pull to refresh’ gesture, look for Clear to further the UI interaction by pushing gestures even more and getting rid of buttons all together.

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