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Essential Mobile Interaction Design: Perfecting Interface Design in Mobile Apps (Game Design/Usability)by Cameron Banga
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Design User-Friendly, Intuitive Smartphone and Tablet Apps for Any Platform
Mobile apps should feel natural and intuitive, and users should understand them quickly and easily. This means that effective interaction and interface design is crucial. However, few mobile app developers (or even designers) have had adequate training in these areas. Essential Mobile Interaction Design fills this gap, bringing together proven principles and techniques you can use in your next app–for any platform, target device, form factor, or user.
This tutorial requires virtually no design or programming knowledge. Even if you’ve never designed a mobile app before, this guide teaches you the key skills that lead to the best results. Cameron Banga and Josh Weinhold help you master the mindset, processes, and vocabulary of mobile interaction design, so you can start making better choices right away. They guide you through the entire design process, demystifying issues that arise at every stage.
The authorsshare hard-won lessons from years of experience developing more than one hundred mobile apps for clients and customers of every type, complemented with insights from many award-winning colleagues. They cover important issues that platform-specific guides often overlook, including internationalization, accessibility, hybrid apps, sandboxing, and what to do after release.
This guide shows you how to
Packed with iOS and Android examples, Essential Mobile Interaction Design offers dozens of tips and solutions that will be equally useful on today’s platforms and on whatever comes next.
Mobile apps should feel natural and intuitive. Users should quickly and easily understand them. This means effective interaction and interface design is crucial to the success of any mobile app. However, few mobile app developers (or even designers) have had adequate training in these areas. Essential Mobile Interaction Design fills this huge gap, teaching proven principles and techniques you can use in your next app — whatever your mobile platform, targeted device, form factor, or user base.
This tutorial helps you master the mindset, processes, and vocabulary of mobile interaction design, so you can start making better choices right away. The authors guide you through the entire process of app design, demystifying tasks and issues ranging from wireframing to visual design. They address important issues that most platform-specific UI guides overlook, including internationalization, accessibility, hybrid apps, sandboxing, and what to do after you've released your app.
Packed with examples for both iOS and Android, Essential Mobile Interaction Design offers dozens of tips and techniques that will be equally useful on other platforms — Windows Phone, BlackBerry, and beyond.
Learn how to create exceptional interfaces for tablet and mobile phone applications using common design practices for each form factor. Interaction and interface design is a critical component of any successful mobile app, as touch screen devices are almost entirely constructed of custom user interfaces. Mobile apps should feel natural, intuitive, and be easily comprehensible to users so everyone can gain maximum benefit from their apps and devices. This book aims to tackle design for developers, specifically explaining high-level design concepts while also discussing implementation for iOS and Android platforms.
This book will be a theoretical title on app design focused on generic mobile interface and interaction creation, rather than a specific platform or device form factor. There will be examples provided in both Android or iOS, but the tips and techniques will prove useful for developers of Blackberry OS or Windows Phone, too. The book will help developers prepare themselves for creating better apps by providing them with the mindset and vocabulary of interaction design, preparing them to dive right in to making successful interface design decisions. The principles covered will be applicable to any mobile operating system, and the companion website will provide a variety of valuable assets, including referenced Photoshop files and hyperlinks to various tools mentioned throughout the book.
About the Author
Cameron Banga is lead designer at a company he co-founded, 9magnets LLC. He has worked on more than 100 mobile apps for clients ranging from professional sports teams to educators, to large corporations. His first application, Battery Go!, quickly became an iPhone best-seller, and his apps have been recommended by The New York Times, Fox Business News, Macworld, PC Magazine, and many other media outlets. Cameron holds a bachelor’s degree in economics from Valparaiso University.
When not writing, Cameron is an avid photographer, novice runner and coffee connoisseur-in-training. Cameron can be most easily reached via Twitter, at @CameronBanga.
Josh Weinhold is the assistant editor of the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin newspaper and Chicago Lawyer magazine. He previously spent five years as a political reporter and has written hundreds of news articles and feature stories published in the Daily Law Bulletin, Elkhart (Ind.) Truth, Dubuque (Iowa), and Telegraph-Herald and on msnbc.com. He shared a National Press Club Online Journalism Award with other members of an msnbc.com/Elkhart Truth reporting team, and won The Chicago Bar Association's Herman Kogan Award for legal beat reporting.
He spends his free time slowly working through the long list of movies and TV shows he’s been dying to see, and fanatically following many real-life and fantasy sports teams.
Table of Contents
1. A Look at Mobile and Its Main Players
2. For Humans, By Humans
3. Dynamic Differences
4. First Sketches
5. Finding the Right Flow
6. Visual Appear
7. Designing for Computers
8. Usable by All
9. Keep it Simple, Stupid
10. Gaining Valuable Feedback
11. Back to the Drawing Board
Appendix A. 15 Great Multi-Platform Apps
Appendix B. 10 Apps to Help Make Interaction and Interface Design Easier
Appendix C. Artwork Notes, Broken Down by Platform
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