Are websites designed for the mouse?
According to Wikipedia,
The first known publication of the term mouse as a pointing device is in Bill English’s 1965 publication “Computer-Aided Display Control”
The mouse is old. I didn’t realize how old it was until I looked at it. And I’m beginning to think it is responsible for bad websites.
Here’s the theory:
Websites are designed for ‘clicks’. There are buttons and banners to click. We click to start movies, click to enter, click to do most things.
Most online marketing is measured by ‘clicks’. Google sells ads on a CPC (cost per click) rate.
But, people don’t click their phone or tablet. Indeed, ‘clicking’ a link on a smartphone is pretty tough. You have to magnify the crap out of the thing to then click something that really, when you think about it should be swiped.
The iPad doesn’t have a mouse. The whole thing is a trackpad.
The smartphone doesn’t have the mouse. If you’ve looked at this blog on an iPad, then you know what I mean about swiping. And you know what I mean about designing for the device.
As the mouse goes away, the possibilities of design become endless.
- At CES 2012 we stumbled upon the perfect pen to use as your computer mouse (thenextweb.com)
- Mouse glove is designed for new comfort zones (physorg.com)
- Writing on the iPad, Mac and iOS Browsers, Refurb Store Experiences, and More, Charles W. Moore, Charles Moore’s Mailbag (lowendmac.com)
- Ion Ergonomic Air Mouse Glove is odd but interesting (slashgear.com)