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Your mind probably went someplace saucy as soon as you saw the phrase “One-Handed Computing”, but in this case, I’m talking about what Jason Kottke is talking about -- those times when you use mobile technology while your other hand isn’t free because you’re:
In the cases above – and I’m sure you can think of many more – you’re accessing computing resources in a very undesktop-like way: with only one hand, and even then, a limited portion of that hand since most of your fingers are busy holding that phone. You’re likely using only your thumb, as shown below:
There are lots of times when users are stuck in “one-thumb mode”. If you’re building mobile applications, you should keep that in mind and make sure you design your user interfaces accordingly. You might need to consider things like:
That’s a fair bit to think about, and I might have to present some ideas at the upcoming Toronto WinMoDevCamp (and yes, I’ll also blog them).
[This article also appears – with a bonus picture, even! -- in Global Nerdy.]