Touch and User Experience

I just posted over at ALA TechSource on some of my thoughts after using the iPad for most of a week…I’m convinced that we’re about to hit a period where we will have to start thinking about reworking our user interfaces for Touch interaction. From the post:

We are used to mediated interactions with digital objects, using a tool as an intermediary or proxy. We’ve been interacting by metaphor, instead of directly. The mouse pushes a cursor around the screen, and the cursor interacts with the object (window, file, text) that we’re interested in. On a touchscreen, especially the modern touchscreen, you are interacting with the digital world directly. For those who haven’t had this experience, I can’t emphasize how much this changes the relationship between the information and the user.

Let me know what you think…do you think that libraries will move towards Touch-based technologies in the next year?

2 thoughts on “Touch and User Experience

  1. Depends on the target audience. :-) Most of the users @MPOW are seeking to access our electronic resources. Even so, this is a tricky decision because no matter how awesome we make the digital experience for our users through the touch tablet, its wonderfulness would be greatly diminished if the e-resources we subscribe to don't perform well on the same device. I dig @willkurt's presentation, so I suppose libraries with digital collections could probably start looking into this. Come to think of it, I believe this is where linked-data and semantic web could be utilized to create awesome user experience.My 2 cents.

  2. Depends on the target audience. :-) Most of the users @MPOW are seeking to access our electronic resources. Even so, this is a tricky decision because no matter how awesome we make the digital experience for our users through the touch tablet, its wonderfulness would be greatly diminished if the e-resources we subscribe to don't perform well on the same device.

    I dig @willkurt's presentation, so I suppose libraries with digital collections could probably start looking into this. Come to think of it, I believe this is where linked-data and semantic web could be utilized to create awesome user experience.

    My 2 cents.

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