Anders Larrson, RIM’s Product Manager for Cascades, posted an nice article on the Inside BlackBerry Developer Blog explaining some of the core design concepts behind Peek and Flow, the key features of the BB10 UI. The article focuses on 4 fundamental principles:
- Eliminate barriers to actions and information
- Put the user in control
- Provide structure and focus
- Give compelling feedback.
“By keeping these principles in mind when designing your application, you can create an astonishingly user-friendly flow. These principles have also been packaged in the Core UI components in Cascades™, and by using them in your app you will get a head start.” Larrson states.
RIM’s vision for the BlackBerry 10 user interface is focused on making information available to the user at any given time, with minimal effort and in as much or as little quantity as the user requires. It’s about accessing information, not apps. Actions flow into each other seamlessly without ever truly leaving or “launching” an app. Having had my hands on it for a bit, I can say that I’m impressed with it so far. I expect the learning curve to very slight. Once you get used to the basic gestures, it will become second nature quickly.