How Do You Write A Gesture?

Design technologist P.J. Onori has come up with a set of icons to describe the touch gestures we use every day, called “Cue.” Useful! It reminds me of the icons in those old video game cheat code books, too. posted on

Onori says on his site:

Cue is intended to be a foundational set of icons to build a standard visual language of touch-based interactions. Each gesture is distilled to its core action to exhibit a more figurative, iconic aesthetic.

This addresses a real problem, actually. Right now, describing touch gestures requires you to literally describe what you’re doing with your fingers. It’s unwieldy — like having to say “press the onscreen button by tapping your finger on the mouse” instead of “click on the button.” This lets you describe how an app works in a succinct way, and also gives developers a set of tools for hinting to users how app interfaces work.

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