The craziest of ideas may not be crazy at all when it becomes the norm. Who would have thought that iPhone's fully functional touch screen would replace the conventional twelve button dialpad in less than half a decade? Who would've thought that the Mac's multi-touch trackpad would become the darling of laptop computing?
We have been accustomed in using productivity apps with buttons and dropdowns... but what if we're presented with an app without those two? How would you want to add a new record in your database, for example, without a click of a button?
Clear, an iPhone/iPad app that skyrockets to the first place of Top Paid Apps in the US AppStore has a story to tell. It's a sleek, no button, no dropdown to-do list where every activity you want to do with it is done via gestures. When you want to add a new item in a list, the common practice is to find an "Add" button and click on it. Not here. Clear wants you to pinch zoom, almost as if moving apart two fragments of the list to add a new one in between.
When you finish a task, you don't put a check mark beside the task. Rather, you simply swipe it off. Pretty easy. Pretty intuitive. Pretty sleek!
Is this the future of mobile apps? Looking at the overwhelming response to such a simple app, boosted only by gesture commands is something to think about and take seriously.
What's your take?