Fang Talks


Incoming rant, so beware!

Interaction design is the design that’s busy with how we interact with things, mainly technology these days. I’ve come here to tell those designers to piss off and think of something better. The current state of things? Pretty awful, in my opinion. What’s the deal with the lack of feedback, really?

Okay okay. What is burns down to these days is that everything much be fully, or at least partly controlled by a touchscreen interface. That’s pretty bad as is (I’ll get to why in a sec), but there’s quite a few people out there designing computers and stuff that work using hand-gestures. Randomly waving your arms around in the air. Feel like an idiot yet? Yes? Good.

The reason as to why these developments in interaction design are SO TERRIBAD are because they provide zero feedback. You see it happen, sure, but none of your active senses get tingled. You don’t FEEL what you’re doing with your fingers, and you usually don’t hear it either. But it’s the feeling part that’s really unsettling, and actually makes it harder to intuitively control any given device. Sure, the OS and whatnot may be “very smooth and intuitive” but that doesn’t give your fingers any special sensations.

For further reading, go here. Actually I recommend you do. It’s explained way better over there.

I can’t wait ’til they invent the changing-texture touch screens.
~ Fang


  • 11/04/2012 (9:09 AM)

    I can’t wait until they invent computers that interface directly with your brain

  • 11/04/2012 (12:02 AM)

    You do raise some excellent points, but I don’t see this trend changing any time soon. I really hate using the touchscreen keyboard on iPhones and iPods. I hate making gestures, and I really hope that one day we will move past them. I love touch screens, I enjoy playing with them, but there’s a limit guys.

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    10/04/2012 (11:13 PM)

    very good point… it always bugs me in sci-fi movies when they just waft things around in space…

  • 10/04/2012 (9:38 PM)

    I know that tactile interaction is important for special needs kids, so, I agree with you. Hope you are enjoying the challenge!

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