Crafting The Mobile Design Experience: Strategy, Reality, Success, The Future!

Imagine if you will the following situation.

It’s 2:00 o’clock a.m. You clumsily fumble your way into your Taxi. On the ride home you know you drank a bit more than anticipated. The Taxi pulls up to the curb side and you fall out of the car as you pass the driver some cash. A few moments of mindless stammering and you manage to make your way upstairs and lay down in bed. Before ending the night you want to get a quick post in on Facebook. As you pull out your Iphone you rush to load the app and click on the “menu” icon. Well you thought it was the menu icon and now you are simply punching the phone to do your bidding. Siri comes up to your delight, and you shout out “create twitter post.” Well, that is what you wanted to say. Instead in your state of inebriation you shout out “Thhwwwitter.”  ”I’m sorry I do not understand.”  Frustrated and waiting on the impending morning after hangover  you collapse on the bed.

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Media Queries To Target iPhone 3, iPhone 4, iPhone 5, iPad 2, 3, 4 In Portrait PhoneGap Apps

Regardless of the reason when developing hybrid apps with Phonegap / xcode you may need to target specific IOS devices with media queries. I wanted to share a little bit of my own approach on this subject and try to make this drop dead simple to understand. This does have a bit to do with responsive design but I’m not going to harp on it.  The queries below are primarily for leveraging a portrait design over a landscape. As a side note Landscape media queries in IOS 7 as of this writing actually report the wrong size.

HOW DO I MAKE THIS WORK IN PHONEGAP/CORDOVA?

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UI Design Lessons: Are You Driving Your Application Usability Off A Cliff?

If I had a million dollars for every time a client asked me to add more features, or more appropriately stuff and jam more features into an already bulging application, I would have published a book, bought a mansion, and maybe a small island somewhere in the South Pacific. Continue reading UI Design Lessons: Are You Driving Your Application Usability Off A Cliff?

How Can I Speed up Proto-typing & Visual Design Mocks with Hybrid Design Proto-typing?

Over the course of time I’ve developed my own hybrid proto-typing approach for graphical mocks. There are several benefits I have discovered by streamlining this hybrid process.

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Which Widget is the Right Widget for My Application Design?

Let’s talk about proper widget usage. It’s imperative to know when to use the right tool for the right job. I wouldn’t use a sledge hammer to hang a painting (unless it was a very large painting.) I wouldn’t use a socket wrench as a pliers. I could use a butter knife to screw something in, but is that the best solution? It’s all about using the right application piece at the right time.

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When is it the Right Time to Use Icons?

When is it appropriate to use icons in your application? This is a decision I always have to make when creating a complex application. There are several key factors that you can use to support your reasoning for utilizing icons. It’s important to know why to use icons over some other method. What things should you avoid when creating icons and what should you do to create potentially successful icons.

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