Follow up on Polish

August 8th, 2012

The document I referred to earlier today is actually really interesting, regardless of the trial. The Samsung engineers did a really good job analysing what it is that makes the iPhone different. I’ve often enjoyed playing around with good apps: pawing at them, and watching the animations and interactions, e.g. when paging between items, or pull-to-refresh type animation. This document distills some of the techniques.

One I’ve observed recently, is the difference between slide transitions that follow your finger vs those that are more like a gesture triggering an action. The disconnect between your action and the result reduces the realism/polish. (as an example: the Reeder iPhone app’s swipe to the right to go back a screen, vs Sparrow’s same function)

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