Saturday, April 15, 2006

Buttons for Humans

Making cell phone buttons large enough for adult fingers ...

"You know when I ran across the new mini site and advertising campaign for the Nokia 6101 last night, I just about choked in disbelief. You may not believe this, but Nokia's new big selling point is, "Buttons for Humans." The site animation shows how big and friendly the buttons on the phone are, how it flips ever so easily closed when you're done with it, politely and conveniently, almost smiling at you with unbounded user friendliness. My god, after seeing the ads, it would be unthinkable for a phone to be designed in any other way... *Ahem*

Hey, I'm all for Nokia's solid entry into the flip-phone market, and I really like the new clean designs and basic colors, and I'm definitely 100% behind them embracing big usable buttons as well... But, but, but, wow! These guys have got some real cajones no? The most heinous crimes ever commited against the physical human interface we call a mobile phone keypad were perpetrated by none other than Nokia itself! The fact that they've turned around and gone 180 degrees in the other direction is wonderful, but to then market this stuff as if they weren't the main ones responsible for small, oddly shaped, insanely unusable keypads in the first place takes some real nerve, don't you think? MAN!"   continued ...   (Via Russell Beattie Notebook)

Nokia 6101 - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Nokia 6101

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