Designers understand that details matter. We adjust curves and nudge pixels in the tiny spaces no one else notices because we know that’s what makes a design great. Sometimes, though, we focus so much on the visual side of design that we overlook the interactive details and deliver interfaces with minor usability and accessibility issues that erode user confidence. Whether it’s a fancy form design that isn’t keyboard accessible or the voice dialing in your car, these interactions can frustrate users and drive them to seek out other options.

When a new, original microinteraction is done right, though, it feels inevitable. Think of the iPhone’s slide to unlock and how it pretty much eliminated butt-dialing without creating a new hurdle for “opening” the phone. Consider Sparrow’s pull-down to refresh. These seem obvious in retrospect, but we know it took dozens or even hundreds of iterations to make it feel just right.

In this session, we’ll take a deep dive into how microinteractions can make interfaces more usable, recognizable and delightful. Learn to build trust (and your brand) as JD walks through his checklist for considering micro-interactions from initial perception through mouse, keyboard, touch and voice interactions. Then he’ll show you how to test your own designs to make sure you got it right.