Everyone has stared at an icon that looks more like abstract art than guidance on what will happen when it’s pressed. Too many times, users click their way through a website, going deeper and deeper only to discover there’s no easy way out except to close the browser and start over. There is an app for everything now, even for things users do not need apps for. The intersection of the IoT, the miniaturization of tech and AI increasingly challenges designers to create intuitive, easy-to-use interfaces and user experiences that solve bona fide problems and add value.
Today, hands remain the primary instrument of interface design; a user’s hands are their styli. Using small, precise and coordinated fingertip actions where consumers press, double tap, swipe, pinch, sign and tap on virtual keypads require little to no haptic feedback. Technology has enabled miniaturization across all aspects of the digital device landscape, but the fact remains that hands have not shrunk in size, nor have hand function capabilities evolved. User interface designers have reached an inflection point where miniaturization meets ease-of-use, beyond which has a dramatic impact on usability.