Slick - no click!

7 Sep 2006 - 7:29am
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Davis Marasco
2006

In helping my boyfriend prep for upcoming interviews, I stumbled across
dontclick.it. The experience was a little jarring at first as I kept
hitting the back button while navigating through the site and even
attempted to <gasp!> click on a few 'links'. This is the complete
opposite experience of what they are trying to achieve; the navigation
scheme is structured such that the application shifts its content as the
user moves their mouse, avoiding the use of mouse buttons. I'm not sure
I'm ready to take the plunge yet myself as I quite enjoy the productive
sounds of each mouse click.

It is interesting though, and presents a whole new set of interaction
challenges. How do you confirm user choices without resorting to an
explicit click and avoiding some random mouse movement? Perhaps this
type of interaction style works for exploratory tasks such as flipping
through the paper online or browsing for a new sweater. However, I can
imagine that you might want to explicitly confirm that you're transferring
$100.00 and not $10 000.00 to your kid's bank account for spending money
at college!

Cheers,
Davis
_______________________________________________________________

davis marasco

user experience lead > websphere business modeler > ibm canada
email:dmarasco at ca.ibm.com | telephone: 905 413 5857

...one person's common sense is another's foreign currency.

Comments

7 Sep 2006 - 3:34pm
Baldo
2005

I made an DHTML version of dontclick:
http://www.sanbaldo.com/wordpress/wp-content/dontclick_02_ok.html

(it's quite buggy, but enought to re-think about the concept of clicking)

> opposite experience of what they are trying to achieve; the navigation
> scheme is structured such that the application shifts its content as the
> user moves their mouse, avoiding the use of mouse buttons. I'm not sure
> I'm ready to take the plunge yet myself as I quite enjoy the productive
> sounds of each mouse click.

--
Baldo - baldus a gmail.com
www.sanbaldo.com

15 Sep 2006 - 2:23pm
Oleh Kovalchuke
2006

This is quite good.
However:

- The interface requires fairly precise mouse movements from the user.
Slips are costly to correct, require large mouse movements.
- In the Autopilot example clicks are not eliminated, but replaced
with additional and precise mouse movement - no gain in time or simplicity.
- The real problem arises when user needs to move cursor across the
"reactive" areas to interact with nonadjacent parts of the interface, as in
the recorded examples table (The 'Autopilot' reactive area).
- The fluid interface is somewhat disorienting in spite of thoughtful
addition of animated transitions.

--
Oleh Kovalchuke
Interaction Design is Design of Time
http://www.tangospring.com/IxDtopicWhatIsInteractionDesign.htm

On 9/7/06, Davis Marasco <dmarasco at ca.ibm.com> wrote:

> [Please voluntarily trim replies to include only relevant quoted
> material.]
>
> In helping my boyfriend prep for upcoming interviews, I stumbled across
> dontclick.it. The experience was a little jarring at first as I kept
> hitting the back button while navigating through the site and even
> attempted to <gasp!> click on a few 'links'. This is the complete
> opposite experience of what they are trying to achieve; the navigation
> scheme is structured such that the application shifts its content as the
> user moves their mouse, avoiding the use of mouse buttons. I'm not sure
> I'm ready to take the plunge yet myself as I quite enjoy the productive
> sounds of each mouse click.
>
> It is interesting though, and presents a whole new set of interaction
> challenges. How do you confirm user choices without resorting to an
> explicit click and avoiding some random mouse movement? Perhaps this
> type of interaction style works for exploratory tasks such as flipping
> through the paper online or browsing for a new sweater. However, I can
> imagine that you might want to explicitly confirm that you're transferring
> $100.00 and not $10 000.00 to your kid's bank account for spending money
> at college!
>
> Cheers,
> Davis
> _______________________________________________________________
>
> davis marasco
>
> user experience lead > websphere business modeler > ibm canada
> email:dmarasco at ca.ibm.com | telephone: 905 413 5857
>
> ...one person's common sense is another's foreign currency.
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