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Mobilizing Web Sites: Strategies for Mobile Web Implementation (Develop and Design) [Kindle Edition]

Kristofer Layon
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Everyone has been talking about the mobile web in recent years, and more of us are browsing the web on smartphones and similar devices than ever before. But most of what we are viewing has not yet been updated for mobile presentation. How can designers bring more of the web up to speed with the capabilities of today's mobile devices?

In Mobilizing Web Sites: Develop and Design, author and designer Kristofer Layon addresses that elephant in the room --the many existing web sites that we manage on a day-to-day basis-- and walks through techniques that web designers can use to make these legacy web sites better-suited for mobile viewing. By focusing on content strategy and the mobile UI experience, web designers can use HTML, CSS, and JavaScript to design mobile presentations of legacy, standards-based web sites. The techniques of gradual mobile improvement are all that a designer needs to help the existing web be more mobile.

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About the Author

Kristofer Layon is a designer, design educator, and product manager who lives in Minneapolis, MN. He currently focuses on mobile design for the web, and user experience and product design for iOS and Android applications.

Kris has been a graphic designer since 1993 and a web designer since 1996. Since then he has designed web sites for engineers, urban planners, city governments, artists, musicians, retailers, the National Park Service, and over thirty higher education clients. In addition to designing web sites, Kris has taught graphic design and typography in the University of Minnesota’s College of Design, where he was also an academic advisor for two years. Kris was also the founding director of MinneWebCon, Minnesota’s Web Conference, from 2008-2011.

Kris has a Master of Fine Arts degree in interactive design and a bachelor of arts degree in German and pre-architecture. He is a member of AIGA – the Professional Association for Design, the HighEdWeb Association, Design Research Society, and Minnesota Interactive Marketing Association. His work has won design awards from the AIGA and the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), and his early adoption of web video was featured on Apple’s web site in 1999.

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  • File Size: 12436 KB
  • Print Length: 192 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Up to 5 simultaneous devices, per publisher limits
  • Publisher: Peachpit Press; 1 edition (December 13, 2011)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B006LT4K2S
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I found this book to be a great reference for creating a mobile version of our company's existing website. This book is not a "mobile first" book which is why I purchased it. I needed some direction on how to take our existing content and make it available in a format that will look good on a mobile device. This book is primarly focused on style sheet changes that you can use to make this type of a conversion. Our main website is not totally standards compliant yet I was still able to apply a lot of the concepts in this book to make the necessary modifications so that we can have an alternate version of our site designed for mobile devices without having to make any changes to the actual content and how it is created. Using the suggestions from this book and eliminating content that did not make sense for a mobile platform, I was able to create a website that allows our company to offer much of our content in a mobile format. We are a website related to the sport of swimming and the site is almost like a news paper site in the sense that we have new text and video content on a daily basis. My only negative comment is that the book was almost 100% geared toward the Apple iPhone environment and I would have liked to have seen some examples that showed results in on an Android device since that is a major part of our target audience. Overall, as a professional software developer, I found this book to be an easy read and a great reference for how to take existing websites and make them more mobile friendly.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great intro to make your website ready for mobile June 26, 2012
I found this book to be a great introduction to what is necessary to make a site readable on a mobile device. I learned some easy CSS tips that can be used with an existing site. The book also covers creating new websites that are mobile accessible, and I liked that it covered jQuery mobile as well. Has color screen shots, too. Great book.
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Kristofer Layon is a designer and product manager. Kris divides his time between leading product management and user experience design for Red Stamp, doing independent web and mobile design projects, and writing for New Riders, A List Apart, and others. He has also spoken internationally at conferences including SXSW Interactive, HighEdWeb, MobX, and his own Two Apps Per Day mobile workshops.

Since 1996, Kris has worked with dozens of clients including universities, architects and engineers, healthcare organizations, city governments, museums, artists, musicians, retailers, and the U.S. National Park Service. In addition to designing web sites and mobile applications, Kris has also taught design and typography in the University of Minnesota's College of Design. And from 2008-2011, he was the founding director of MinneWebCon, Minnesota's Web Conference.

Kris has an MFA in interactive design from the University of Minnesota, and a BA in German and art history from Saint Olaf College. His work has won design awards from AIGA and the Society of Marketing Professional Services (SMPS), and has been featured on Apple's web site.


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