Revisiting the Palm Pilot’s uncanny alphabet

I can’t be the only person who feels slightly embarrassed when I swipe — or, in particular, pinch — the touchscreen of an iPad. The gestures look ridiculous to me when I see other people performing them. Plus, they make me feel I’ve been somehow trained to operate this expensive device, touching a machine in a way I’ve never done before because these are the terms the machine has set for me. Perhaps I should just be thankful that Apple doesn’t make us kiss its products before we can operate them. 

Revisiting the Palm Pilots uncanny alphabet: Observatory: Design Observer Mobile.

  • I miss writing in graffiti – I loved my Palm Pilot…

    • Yep – I’m kind of nostalgic about it, and in some ways it is a more direct form of interaction – you’re writing the characters rather than typing them. A bit more like jotting down thoughts in a notepad.