Microsoft: Using the New Office With Touch

Speaking of Microsoft, Gray Knowlton from the Office team has a long piece on the touch-focused aspects of the new Office 2013:

In this post I’ll walk you through the thinking, engineering process and design framework we used to reimagine these experiences for touch.

They’ve obviously put a ton of thought into this. The question is, do you need to read a 4,000-word explainer to understand how it works? From a user’s perspective, the design process is meaningless, especially for touch interfaces. You see it, you touch it — that’s it. And if that doesn’t work, it’s a failed design.

Thursday, 19 July 2012