Mobile is the “hot topic” these days. It’s increasingly at the front of designers’ minds. In a world where the power and capabilities of the device in your pocket are so great, the possibilities become somewhat astounding. The mobile landscape is changing so rapidly that it makes developing a formal strategy to “figure mobile out” all but impossible. Luke Wroblewski is at the forefront of the mobile design movement. He suggests that it’s better to put something, anything, out there and see how it fares. Excessive planning in the mobile space leads to missing opportunity after opportunity. Taking advantage of the market as it is today and the capabilities of these devices can lead to the refinement and evolution of your product.
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The surge in mobile technology is incredible. Manufacturers ship over a million touchscreen phones every day. These devices allow people to interact with the web in new ways. Users generally need something the can easily operate with “one thumb, one eyeball”. When they access your application or website, what kind of experience are you delivering? Are you risking frustrating your users?
Luke Wroblewski, the former Chief Design Architect for Yahoo! and founder of Bagcheck, is at the forefront of the “mobile first” approach. Streamlining your design for mobile helps you focus on what is absolutely necessary. In this podcast, Luke joins Jared Spool in a discussion about designing mobile experiences.
Dan and Jeffrey talk with special guest Jared Spool about usability testing in the real world, with practical advice for designers, UI engineers, and developers alike.
Jared Spool is the founder of User Interface Engineering, the largest usability research organization of its kind in the world. He’s been working in the field of usability and design since 1978, before the term “usability” was ever associated with computers.
Web forms are the mouth that feeds most web apps. There’s no way around that. Yet, few people are thinking about how to make one of the more unpleasant parts of the web more pleasant. The world’s foremost authority on web forms is Luke Wroblewski, author of the heralded book, Web Form Design.
Jared Spool sat down with Luke to discuss what’s been happening with web forms since his book came out. It winds up there have been some interesting developments recently.
The first trend Jared and Luke discuss is new ways of styling forms to make them less intimidating. Perhaps the most popular form to employ a friendly and unusual form design comes from our good friend Jeremy Keith and his innovative site for finding and listening to MP3 files, HuffDuffer. Jeremy’s Huffduffer signup form is unusual to say the least. If you’ve been a parent or child in the U.S. since the 1960s, you may think the form’s design strongly resembles that of a Mad Lib.
The audio was recorded at An Event Apart Seattle 2009. The session description was as follows:
On its surface, Amazon.com just seems like a large e-commerce site, albeit a successful one. Its design isn’t flashy, nor is it much to write home about. But deep within its pages are hidden secrets — secrets that every designer should know about.
If one looks closely at what the team at Amazon has built, it’s filled with innovative functionality and clever designs, all of which creates a delightful experience for its users and directly produces regular profits for its shareholders. But not all is perfect. Some design changes in the last few years have not been the success that the team had hoped for. Amazon’s exceptional qualities and imperfections are critical knowledge for any designer that wants to dig deep into what makes the site tick.
In this entertaining presentation, Jared will share some of UIE’s latest research into the hidden treasures of (the) Amazon. You’ll learn:
- The simple Yes/No question that increased revenues by more than $1 billion
- The elegant subtlety of Amazon’s security system
- Why Amazon’s business model is more than meets the eye (and why designers need to care) The wins and losses that Amazon has had with social media functionality