”But Wait, There's More!” A Deeper Look into Gestures on Touch Interfaces

Liv Arleth*, Emilie Lind Damkjær, Hendrik Knoche

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The language used in interaction design is affected by the wide array of academic backgrounds of interaction designers. Therefore one word may have several meanings, which can be confusing when con- ducting research in this field. In this paper, we define three levels of interaction: macro-, micro- and nanointeractions, the latter of which is the focus of this study. We use Buxton’s three state model to break down common gestures on touch interfaces into nanointeractions, thereby iden- tifying where in the process of a gesture its signifiers can appear. This is useful when overloading controls in small interfaces. We conducted an experiment to determine whether the temporal placement of a signifier before, during, or after a gesture made any difference for the discoverabil- ity of a double and long tap affordance. No clear tendencies were found regarding the temporal placement of the signifier. However, the concept of nanointeractions can be a valuable tool for interaction design.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationArtsIT 2019, DLI 2019: Interactivity, Game Creation, Design, Learning, and Innovation
Number of pages18
Publication date2020
ISBN (Print)978-3-030-53293-2
ISBN (Electronic)978-3-030-53294-9
Publication statusPublished - 2020
Event8th EAI International Conference: ArtsIT, Interactivity & Game Creation - Aalborg University, Aalborg, Denmark
Duration: 6 Nov 20198 Nov 2019
Conference number: 8


Conference8th EAI International Conference: ArtsIT, Interactivity & Game Creation
LocationAalborg University
Internet address
SeriesLecture Notes of the Institute for Computer Sciences, Social Informatics and Telecommunications Engineering


  • Interaction
  • Usability design
  • Microinteractions
  • Gestures
  • Touch interactions
  • Nanointeractions


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