Designing For Touch... And Beyond


Full-day workshop • June 18th
Touchscreens are everywhere now, even the desktop, and this workshop tells you what you need to know to make the most of them. Fingers and thumbs turn desktop design conventions on their head, with the ergonomics of handheld devices demanding entirely new design patterns for both web and apps. Handheld touchscreen design introduces ergonomic concerns that are new to many digital designers; it's no longer just how your pixels look but also how they feel. At the same time, touch gestures have the opportunity to sweep away buttons, menus and windows from mobile devices, but gesture design takes care and education. Find out how to do it the right way.

This workshop takes a hands-on approach to touchscreen design with practical guidelines, rich examples, exercises, and a bunch of new rules that bust the "settled" conventions of the desktop. And you're not done there; touchscreen devices come loaded with all kinds of other sensors, opening the door to new-to-the-world interactions that push interfaces offscreen and into the environment around us.

What you'll learn in this workshop:

  • Layout and sizing guidelines for touchscreens on phones and tablets...and desktop, too
  • Emerging gesture conventions and design patterns for both apps and web
  • How to make gestures discoverable by educating users with contextual cues
  • Techniques for making touch interactions fast and efficient
  • How to cope with the reduced real estate left in the wake of giant touch targets
  • When the best touch UI is no touch at all; how to use sensors to speed or replace touch input
  • Opportunities to push frontiers with entirely new interactions through touch

What hardware/software do you need?

No technology required though a laptop might be helpful at times. This is a workshop for people of all skill levels. Pencils, markers and paper will be supplied.


This full-day workshop will be hosted at the TKP Conference Center and will be running from 9:00am-5:00pm on Thursday, June 18th.

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Workshop includes
  • Snacks and drinks during the whole day
  • Tea and coffee
  • Lunch
  • Paper and pen/pencil

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