Pictures Under Glass

“We live in a three-dimensional world. Our hands are designed for moving and rotating objects in three dimensions, for picking up objects and placing them over, under, beside, and inside each other. No creature on earth has a dexterity that compares to ours.

“The next time you make a sandwich, pay attention to your hands. Seriously! Notice the myriad little tricks your fingers have for manipulating the ingredients and the utensils and all the other objects involved in this enterprise. Then compare your experience to sliding around Pictures Under Glass.

“Are we really going to accept an Interface Of The Future that is less expressive than a sandwich?” — Bret Victor, on a brief rant about the future of interaction design. Hands, he argues, are meant for doing more than just sliding and tapping digital apps. [via DF/Coudal]

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