James Wu, lead designer for tablets at Kobo, gave a talk called "Rethinking tablet UX". His central insight is that users are interested in content, not apps. He said...
Technology sucks for most people. Unlike most of us at Fluxible, most people don't want to know, understand or learn the techie features of their devices. They don't like having their main tablet navigation be small impersonal icons that represent all their apps. They hate it that their content is stored within apps. They're interested in content: in their movies, music, pictures, books.
This is what people want to do with their tablet:
- Find content
- Organize content
- Consume content
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I wish he had also shown us something more meaty, like a tapestry I might use to store research on something.
In fact, for my personal use, I'm not convinced that Tapestries is the best application of this idea. But the idea is a winner. I hate apps. I hate having four screens of the stupid things on my phone. I hate having to remember which eReader has which books. I think content-centric UI design is/should be the next wave.