Remember those days when we had to hover around and click using mouse to trigger action for in app or site? Well, those days are long gone. And when Apple introduced multi-touch technology in its iPhone devices, it become mainstream, and users loved the idea of various in-app mobile gestures such as spread, pinch, and swipe. This mobile gestures mainly contributed in increasing app user experience.
This rise of touch and mobile gestures have dramatically changed the way we used to interact with cell phones. Gestures of today are much more entertaining and they’re very familiar. In today’s competitive market, the success of any mobile app is measured by how significantly the gestures are implemented into app user experience.
As a matter of fact, Adobe has also introduced new wireframing app called Experience Design CC (Adobe XD). This new app by Adobe lets people prototype on anything from basic wireframes to multiscreen experiences.
The Power of Gesture-Driven User Interfaces
The reason why Gestures are intuitive and natural is because they resemble interacting with a real object. Furthermore, there are actually three more reasons to use it over button.
- Less Clutter: The less buttons you use, the more space available to display valuable content on screen. This makes the app more content-focused without obstructions and allow users to do what’s really important.
- Ease of Use: Once the user learns the app gestures, it becomes a delightful part of user experience and reduces the steps in user flow. For instance, to delete an item from app, tapping on them and then selecting delete button is so long and boring. A simple shortcut Swipe to delete gesture is far better.
- Seamless Interaction: Buttons might be useful in app for some triggers, but the gestures make the user interaction much more content intuitive.
Clear is the perfect example of “gesture-driven” app. It is solely based on gestures like pinch, swipe, and pull. Knowing this, it seems like a difficult app to use but the fact is, it’s surprisingly simple.
The Role of Animations in Gesture Designs
Gestures are always linked to animations in a mobile app. And this animations are essential to maintain an illusion of interactivity for the app users. So when they are paired with app gestures, they make the brain believe it’s interacting with the tangible objects.
Moreover, the animations are invaluable to provide visual feedbacks to the user. Therefore, without such animations, the users won’t be sure whether the gesture action is completed successfully or not. Even the simplest gesture – Pull-to-Refresh feels so intuitive that it is being used by countless mobile applications.
The Dark Side of Gestures
When developers are designing mobile apps, most of them assume that gestures are so natural that it doesn’t require to follow the basic usability principles. But the fact is, the visibility is a quite an important principle, while developing a mobile app.
And with that being said, the biggest downside of any gesture is actually learning curve. So each time a developer removes a UI clutter, the app’s learning curve goes up. This is why, the greater your mobile app relies on the gestures, the greater possibility of confusion.
Use Gestures In Right Way
While building a mobile app, design your app interface in a way that give cues to your users about the availability of gesture. It’s because without those visual cues users might get confused on how they should be interacting with your app. Therefore, when it’s the matter about teaching app users to use your UI, provide a set of hints to your users with animation to help them learn.
The most well-executed gestures are found in games these days. And it’s no secret that best games are those that let people learn smart tricks over time. Nevertheless the point is, while integrating gestures, do remember to add visual hints to avoid creating confusion in your users.
So… are gestures a powerful way of interaction?
Okay. So now you know the importance of these gestures, why not implement it?
The mobile devices have evolved to a greater extent over time. Today the mobile phones are powered by our fingers. And the gesture interactions can make app interaction and experience much more easier and entertaining. Therefore, while planning to develop a mobile app, hire dedicated developer if it’s required, and integrate such in-app gestures to make interaction easier.
As a matter of fact, there is no way to design a successful mobile game without integrating gestures. So in order to design an intuitive gesture, you should focus to tie it on a gesture and provide a visual guide for how a gesture should be conducted.