I've been using the N950 now for several weeks and I can't help thinking about how I would do things differently. This is not meant to criticize Nokia's work on Swipe. Swipe works well as a universal gesture. Even if there are issues with it you and I should recognize this is beta software. I've heard Nokia has already made one change to swipe since my software build and who knows what else might change before release.
I'm just curious about how else things could be done and the effect they might have on the user experience. I don't think Nokia should immediately drop everything and switch to my idea. I first would like to see what they come up with in the finished project. If I still think mine is better? Oh well. People think and act differently, especially programmers, and they are probably targeting others.
I'd recommend these demos for a quick introduction into swipe. The main swipes will bring you back to the last home screen you used. When wanting to swipe to a specific screen you swipe back to the home screen you were on, pause to see which it was, and then swipe over. You can go about it faster by remembering what screen you were on. I usually think I know where I was but I tend to be wrong leading me to swipe a few more times.
My variant on Swipe UX
My idea centers on a spatial model that spans home screens, the lock screen, and applications. This could roughly be translated to virtual desktops with rules controlling which desktop different windows get launched on based on the desktop's role.
Launch an app, no matter from what screen? As it is opening the device also slides home screens over to the task switcher. Now with the app up a swipe down reveals the task switcher below. If instead you swipe up the app closes. Also you can swipe to the right to move to the launcher or left to move to the events feed.
|Idea: Swipe up or down from the lock screen to unlock and reveal the feed|
|Idea: Swipe left on the lock screen to unlock and move to the launcher|
|Idea: Swipe Right on the lock screen to unlock and move to task switcher|
*Note: The images are mockups only and were hacked together from screenshots I found through Google.