Trig­ger Happy

It’s easy to re­sent hav­ing to work to ac­cess con­tent, but Black­bar and De­vice 6 turn it into a dig­i­tal art­form


Notwith­stand­ing the planet-wide mar­ket­ing jiz­zfest over gam­i­fi­ca­tion, some­times things that aren’t videogames are too much like videogames. Lately, for ex­am­ple, I have been enor­mously ir­ri­tated by the fact that one of my favourite mag­a­zines has changed the way its iPad app works, all but de­stroy­ing its us­abil­ity. The New Yorker app used to present its ar­ti­cles in pag­i­nated form, so you just had to flick from one page to the next. But now there is no more pag­i­na­tion. You have to scroll.

What’s wrong with scrolling? Noth­ing – on a desk­top or lap­top com­puter. You can bang the space­bar or the Page Down key to scroll ex­actly one screen down. But on a tablet, there is no such short­cut. You have to drag the page yourself, pixel by pixel,

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