I just saw the list e-mails on IXers working on physical products and I'd
like to join the discussion into physical product UI design. I have a
specific project in mind I need help with.
I have just started a new project as the user interface architect working
with an industrial design firm to design a physical consumer device from
scratch for production in 2007. The 2005 product is on the market and the
2006 version is already designed and currently being developed.
Interestingly, the physical design, the physical button design and layout,
and the screen user interface are different for each version.
We have been asked to leapfrog the 2006 model and design the 2007 product
from scratch with the best, most usable and most intuitive physical and
screen user interface FOR THE YEAR 2007. I have free reign to design or
create whatever physical buttons and switches needed for the design. This
means I need to look at current and future designs and trends in cell phone,
camera, printer, media device and whatever new-fangled gadgets are on the
So, I need some help collecting resources for the project. Please forward,
either to me directly (and I will summarize for the list), or to the list
- What are your favorite links or documents for
guidelines and resources for physical digital devices?
- What are the most usable digital device buttons and switches you've used?
(Opinions, product reviews, usability evaluations)
- What are the trends and research in this area?
- Other ideas?