Updates on 2023/2/3

An underrated benefit of direct manipulation interfaces is low-friction iteration and exploration of the possibility space, where low friction means:

  • Intuitive
  • Fast, with immediate feedback
  • Reversible and interruptible, so easy to undo/redo

It might even be fair to say that direct manipulation is only instrumental to the more fundamental end goal of low-friction iteration and exploration.

Lots of people and companies seem to be doing a lot of redundant work to make easy things easier for building with LLMs, but what I'm really interested in are the tools that make hard things easy and previously impossible things possible.