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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.
I ♥ UX Design
“What designer has the most elaborate, the most complex, the most beautiful job in the world? It’s the user experience designer, a very special species indeed!”
Nailing Down the Mobile Context
Because mobile apps can be used anywhere and anytime, the potential environments and scenarios seem nearly infinite. When planning your app, rely on actual data and research whenever possible. Here are some stats to get you started.
A look at what’s under the feet of Parisians and New Yorkers.
Keynotopia: Recommended Kit for Keynote Prototyping
Keynotopia is a sensational resource for using Keynote to prototype app designs.
Stripping Ads and Paying Your Way
Liberating online content from noisy ads unfortunately chips away at its funding. Readability and Instapaper are teaming up on a new revenue model to help us enjoy reading and support writing, too.
Smartphone Stats Fascinating, Important, and Not the Whole Story
The latest marketshare stats tell us how the smartphone market is evolving—and boy howdy, it’s all happening fast. How important are these numbers for designers an developers?
The Perils of Conference as Party
I had to chuckle as I was reviewing the speaker agreement for SXSW.
3G for iPad? Nah, Don't Need It
An overwhelming number of iPad users are wifi-only, and with good reason.
Khoi Vinh on Google's Design Intelligence
Great design, like any other creative pursuit, requires more than an understanding of the rules.
Touchscreen Misdirection: Your Metaphor Is a Dog
A touchscreen app can provide useful hints about how it works by using a real-world gizmo as its interface metaphor. But when that gizmo is just eye candy, those hints are just misdirection.
Typetastic New Yorker Cover
I’m swooning over this fontabulous cover by Frank Viva.
Flexibility vs Security: Whoops, There Goes Your Credit Card Info
A proof-of-concept Android app shows how easily a hacker could steal your credit card info, underlining an important cultural distinction among platforms: security vs freedom.
Mobile Cultures at IDEA 2010
Grab the slides and lowdown on my talk “Going Native: the Anthropology of Mobile Apps.”
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