Tagged: Mobile

Future Friendly

Posted on October 24, 2011 by - Mobile, Mobile First, Usability, User Experience

Luke W, Brad Frost and several other developers have tackled the problem of how to maintain sanity and clarity while trying to design for compatibility on the dizzying array of connected devices. They’ve written a Future Friendly “manifesto” of sorts and it’s nothing short of awesome. After describing the problem with maintaining standards across an ever-growing number of devices they offer hope, and not just any hope, but hope in an easily digestible form. The future-friendly designer can:

  1. Acknowledge and embrace unpredictability.
  2. Think and behave in a future-friendly way.
  3. Help others do the same.

They also offer more in-depth explanation of future friendly thinking and provide  several links to outside resources to help you become a more future friendly developer/designer.  I sat here for a minute or two trying to decide how to wrap this up, but there was no need to because this little gem was right there on the first page:

The future is ours to make—friendly.


mobile moment, mobile first

Posted on May 16, 2011 by - Content Strategy, Mobile, Mobile First, Usability, User Experience

Not that “mobile” was in any danger of fading away, but I’m excited that the next two CHI Atlanta events are mobile focused, first with Coleen Jones’ “Mobile Moment” this Thursday May 19th,  and then Luke Wrobeleski’s “Mobile First” on Monday June 13th.

Coleen Jones,  author of Clout:The Art and Science of Influential Web Content, will be discussing the “mobile moment”, which she describes as:

Whether you’re trying to market a product or change the world, you can no longer ignore mobile as a medium for influence. Of particular power is the mobile moment–the instant a user connects with the right content at the right time. Though this moment seems magical to a user, it doesn’t happen by magic. It takes knowledge of principles. It takes detailed planning. It takes hard work. This interactive session will help you assess a mobile context, generate ideas for mobile persuasion, and plan the right content to turn your mobile moment into a magical one.

Then Luke Wrobeleski, author of Web Form Design: Filling in the Blanks, who will be in Atlanta speaking at the An Event Apart conference, is also paying CHI Atlanta a visit to discuss “mobile first” development.  Luke argues that the current model,  where the mobile experience for a web application or site is designed and built after the PC version is complete, is flawed and needs to be reversed with “mobile first”.