One-handed use

According to research, about half of users use their phone with just one hand in any given situation. This behavior limits the areas they can comfortably reach with their thumb. The safest way to hold a phone in one hand is resting the bottom end in the palm. Another 15% of people hold them in the palms with both hands. Both ways to hold a phone make the top of the screen harder to reach.


Reachability of screen regions in one-handed use.
Source: UXmatters


Reachability of screen regions in two-thumbed use.
Source: UXmatters

As shown in the previous examples, the reachable areas of the phone focus on the green areas.

Kirigami’s phone components are optimized to favor the center or bottom of the screen for primary interactive elements, while placing secondary elements into drawers which can be opened from up to three different points of the screen and then again favor the bottom area of the screen.

Kirigami also features the “overscroll” feature, which allows you pull down the top part of the screen in case you have to reach e.g. the topmost items of a list.

When using Kirigami on a phone, make sure that often-used controls are never placed at the top of the screen, and also avoid the screen corners in general.