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Buttons Are a Hack
Designing for touch means creating direct interactions that shed three decades of abstract desktop metaphors. As designers, that means we have some deprogramming to do.
FOWD Throws in the Towel
I couldn’t stop giggling when I saw my ugly mug on this tea towel created by the good folks at Future of Web Design.
Justin Williams: A Tablet Isn't a Large Phone
“The best iPad apps are not those that just stretch their iPhone table views out to take advantage of the larger screen.”
Asymco: The Post PC Era as Explained by Developer Events
A stark example of how quickly new platforms generate enthusiasm along with an appetite for learning and community among developers.
A gallery of mobile horrors calls itself “an argument for closed systems,” but more subtly, it’s really an argument that bad taste abounds.
Mobile Web vs Native App: Give It a Rest
This isn’t a matchup at all. Providing a great experience almost certainly means that you’ll build both web and native-app solutions. We’re all in this together, friends.
A Tale of Type and Transportation
Just ordered “Helvetica and the New York City Subway System” based on an engaging review by Michael Bierut.
Video of My Mobile Design Course Available
I just finished teaching an eight-week class on tapworthy iPhone design and user experience. If you missed it, all 12 hours of video are available for sale.
Iotacons are clever, low-resolution portraits by illustrator Andy Rash. There’s a whole lotta win here.
SXSW 2011: Bloated but Lovable
SXSW spilled over the levees of Austin’s infrastructure, creating logistical headaches that sank the conference. But man, it sure was fun. Also: I gave a talk on iPad app design.
Suzanne Ginsburg on the "Evolution of Discoverability"
Touchscreens introduce new interface metaphors, as well as new techniques to subtly help our audiences understand how to use our apps. Suzanne offers some useful examples.
The Kalininskaya Nuclear Plant
Our job as designers is to make complexity uncomplicated. I’m not sure the designers of this seventies-era power plant pulled that off, but the resulting complication sure is gorgeous.
Last night, I was walking down the sidewalk and brushed against a woman carrying a cake.
Responsive Web Design or Separate Mobile Site? Eh. It Depends.
Geeks love black-and-white answers, but the same rule applies to the mobile web as every other technology: use the right tool for the job.
“I don't have to waste time playing the pricing game"
App developer Justin Williams shares his no-nonsense, single-price approach to app pricing: find your audience, charge the right price, and stick to it.
Infographic: Mobile Phone Sales in the Last Decade
VisionMobile’s pretty graphic visualizes the shifts in handset sales over the last ten years.
Mobile Design Patterns and Galleries
In recent days, several mobile design-pattern resources have passed through the series of tubes which criss-cross my desk.
South By or Bust
Friends, it's that time of year again. South by Southwest time. Here's where you'll find me at SXSW 2011.
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