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Jul 28, 2014 For Many New Apps, It’s All In the Wrist

A happy trend in app design is to rely less on buttons and more on letting users control apps through simple gestures like swiping with multiple fingers, or swiping in from the edges of the screen.

This trend offers several advantages:

  • Your users can navigate your app with greater efficiency.
  • Your users are confronted with fewer items on a screen, making your app simpler and friendlier.
  • You can use screen space formerly occupied by buttons for other content, ads, messaging, you name it.

There’s a snare to be wary of. You’ll want to be sure that your developers include visual cues in your app’s interface that guide users on how to use gestures to navigate. For example, if the user can expose extra functionality by swiping in from the right side of the screen, a subtle hint animation can be displayed until they’ve successfully performed the gesture a few times. This can be easier said than done—execution requires some thought, care, and skill so that the design elements are clear in the directions they are giving and visually noticeable, but not distracting.

Done well, leveraging gestures can make your apps more intuitive and increase user satisfaction.