Pixel Envy

Written by Nick Heer.

Facebook Paper’s Gestural Hell

Scott Hurff:

Facebook’s release of Paper yesterday on the App Store breaks a string of uninspired releases outside of Instagram, and has many believing it’s a glimpse into the future of mobile interaction.

But there’s one problem: if this is the future, it’s going to hurt. And I mean physically.

I’m skeptical of this kind of faux-scientific diagramming, but Hurff has a point: the lower 20% of a phone’s touch screen display is awkward to use unless the hand is positioned for typing. In casual “skimming” position, it’s not a comfortable interaction area.