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Today Carlo and I listened to a 45 minute presentation by Peter Stahl called “Rhythm, Flow and Style” which discussed designing flow and rhythm into applications. Peter started with the observation that the world is full of rhythms, but not just what people think of (namely music). Rhythms exist in every part of life, chopping vegetables, walking outside, involving in conversations, filling out forms, navigating a website, etc. All of them involve actions, pauses, and repetitions. According to Stahl there are two types of rhythm: iterative rhythm, which is rhythm of the user (engaging with the application) and there is also motivic rhythm, which is rhythm within the application. But to get rhythm you need flow.
Flow, according to Stahl’s presentation has several dimensions:
- Known goals, with known progress
- Perceived balance of challenge and skill
- Sense of control
- Focused concentration
- Loss of self