The Final Phorm: choosing the final button style
25 Perfectly Phormed iPad minis are currently out in the wild in the public’s hands! Professionals in business, aviation and technology are participating along with high school and college students. As this selected bunch uses their Phorm keyboards for daily writing tasks, they are supplying us with detailed information and opinions about the device. We are looking for feedback related to usability, usefulness, bugs and most importantly to choose between 2 final keyboard button designs.
You may have noticed that there are pictures in articles/ads of Phorm with both crescent and dot Finger Guides. You may recall that Finger Guides help by guiding your finger to the right spot on the on-screen touch keyboard. Over 500 people have gotten hands-on experiences with these different styles of Phorm during user studies and events. The dot keyboard has gotten an exceedingly positive response. The main reason has been because the dots are more centered on the key. The crescents are more like bumpers that you have to guide your finger against. During demos, people express that the dots in the middle make more sense because they don’t require adaptations to how you are hitting the keys on a touchscreen.
We have since narrowed down 20 keyboard options to 2 finalists – both are dot style variations. The differences between the two designs include changes in Finger Guide shape for the format/punctuation keys. Our study involves one week with each of the styles and we are currently a week in. We’ve just equipped users with design #2 and will get the feedback to make a final button decision this week.
Follow back with us to find out the final Phorm button design! We want to share these updates with you because we know a pre-order campaign comes with a lot of anticipation and curiosity. We will provide regular updates with information like this regarding testing, events, partners and more!
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