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The Usability and Ergonomics of Interactive Gestures

Invited Speaker Dan Saffer
Usability perspectives
10:30am to 12:00pm on Wednesday, June 10, 2009

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We've entered a new era of interaction design, where taps on
touchscreens and gestures in space are replacing or supplementing clicks with mice and traditional WIMP set-ups. What does this mean for designers and usability professionals who now have to contend with users not just being able to navigate screens, but also triggering actions and features with their physical bodies?

This talk will focus on the basics of good design practices for interactive gestures and what usability professionals should look for when evaluating and improving touchscreens and other gestural interfaces. We will examine ergonomics, kinesiology, physiology, and best practices for touch targets and the selection of gestures for tasks.

Dan Saffer is a founder and principal designer at Kicker Studio. He has designed devices, software, websites, and services since 1995, and these products are currently used by millions every day. An acclaimed speaker and author, his best-selling book Designing for Interaction has been called "a bookshelf must-have for anyone thinking of creating new designs" and has been translated into several languages. His new book, Designing Gestural Interfaces (O'Reilly), was published in December 2008. His design innovations have received several patents.

Dan is an internationally-recognized thought leader on design who has spoken at conferences and taught workshops on interaction design all over the world. He has a Masters of Design in Interaction Design from Carnegie Mellon University.