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Defining and Informing the Complex Field of User Experience (UX)
Article No. 522 April 26, 2010

Useful touch gesture resources

Luke Wroblewski, ever a hero of the design community, has posted some useful resources about touch gestures on his blog:

Touch Gesture Reference GuideThe first resource is a Touch Gesture Reference Guide containing "1) an overview of the core gestures used for most touch commands 2) how to utilize these gestures to support major user actions 3) visual representations of each gesture to use in design documentation and deliverables 4) an outline of how popular software platforms support core touch gestures."

Thanks to Luke, Craig Villamor, Dan Willis, and Jennifer Rhim for putting this together and making it publicly available.

The second resource is a roundup of the multi-touch gestures and diagram styles used by a number of different design groups on a range of input devices, including Apple's multi-touch trackpad and Magic Mouse, Windows 7 for multi-touch, Wacom's Bamboo device, and others.


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Jonathan (@first_day) is a tech-focused jack of all trades and the editor-in-chief of UX Magazine. He is also the author of Effective UI: The Art of Building Great User Experience in Software, published by O'Reilly Media. Through its partnership with UX Magazine, Jonathan is also a senior advisor to Didus, a recruiting and career development company focused on user-centered professionals. As well, Jonathan is Managing Director, Product Strategy & Design for Dapperly, a fashion-oriented software product startup, and he is the Principal of First Day, a small private equity and consulting company. From 2005 to 2009, Jonathan helped found EffectiveUI, a leading UX strategy, design, and development agency focused on web, desktop, and mobile systems.

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I am SO glad that you posted this reference guide, Jonathan! Every time I've attempted to utilize a tablet or any sort of touch screen device, I haven't been able to do anything. I'm so used to using a mouse (and sometime a wacom tablet) on projects. The whole skewing and stretching aspect can get rather confusing!!!

Oh well, I suppose if I want to keep going to school (or if I want to get a job in the future), I better learn how to use these devices. The longer I stay in the dark in terms of technology, the harder it's going to be to keep up in the job-market. Either way, the reference guide is VERY MUCH appreciated!!!

Robin Olivia
university of scranton

There are to be some kind of standard around gestures or else everyone is going to develop their own “gesture language”. This way, we are going to be back in 1994 when we had to develop websites for each browser. Now we are going to have to learn to use each OS.

Anyway chance something like this could be made by the W3C? I read about it in this book http://bytesland.com/view/XQuery-From-The-Experts-A-Guide-To-The-W3C-XML-Query-Language but would like to know if someone can share his practical experience in this sphere?