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Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, Color Edition 1st Edition
When you’re under pressure to produce a well designed, easy-to-navigate mobile app, there’s no time to reinvent the wheel. This concise book provides a handy reference to 70 mobile app design patterns, illustrated by more than 400 screenshots from current iOS, Android, BlackBerry, WebOS, Windows Mobile, and Symbian apps.
User experience professional Theresa Neil (Designing Web Interfaces) walks you through design patterns in 10 separate categories, including anti-patterns. Whether you’re designing a simple iPhone application or one that’s meant to work for every popular mobile OS on the market, these patterns provide solutions to common design challenges. This print edition is in full color.
Pattern categories include:
- Navigation: get patterns for primary and secondary navigation
- Forms: break the industry-wide habits of bad form design
- Tables and lists: display only the most important information
- Search, sort, and filter: make these functions easy to use
- Tools: create the illusion of direct interaction
- Charts: learn best practices for basic chart design
- Invitations: invite users to get started and discover features
- Controls and feedback: help users perform actions, and provide them with timely feedback
- Help: integrate help pages into a smaller form factor
"It’s a super handy catalog that I can flip to for ideas."
—Bill Scott, Senior Director of Web Development at PayPal
"Just a quick thanks to express my sheer gratitude for this pub, it has been a guide for me reworking a design for an app already in production!"
—Agatha June, UX designer
About the Author
Theresa Neil is a user experience consultant in Austin, Texas, where she designs rich applications for start-ups and Fortune500 companies.
- Publisher : O'Reilly Media; 1st edition (May 28, 2012)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 282 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1449336442
- ISBN-13 : 978-1449336448
- Reading age : 1 - 17 years
- Grade level : 1 and up
- Item Weight : 1.2 pounds
- Dimensions : 7 x 0.6 x 9.19 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #3,679,345 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Most importantly, being able to spot these recurring patterns is helpful in analyzing user interfaces you encounter every day. And that, in turn, should help you improve your own designs.
You can read my full review at Web Designers Review of Books dot com!
The title claims that the book contains "UI patterns for iOS, Android and More", but the majority is iOS. I'm and Android developer and the Android examples in this book are taken from ancient Android versions. Android (and iOS) have evolved a lot and have much nicer UI patterns / solutions for certain problems you can find in this this book. If you seek Android UI/UX advise you are much better of keeping an eye on the Android Design website where information is updated, rewritten and added frequently. Although it's probably a good thing to elaborate on how patterns are used in current apps around the globe 'current' is bound to be outdated fast in a print book. So use this book and the screenshots in it as a view of how things are done in the 'past' and you can maybe find a use for it. It does contain a wealth of pattern names in the appendix, which is great to create a common vocabulary between designers and developers.
For $44.99 I wouldn't recommend this book to others. A price of $29.99 is more suitable and would maybe add an extra star. It is a good book for beginning mobile designers and developers. More seasoned pro's probably have their own on-line and more up-to-date resources on this topic and probably have their own view and opinion of what is good mobile design.
Some of the reviews point out there's a lot of iOS screenshots, and the Android ones are of older versions. While this is true the author has a great collection of up-to-date shots in the accompanying Flickr group ( [...] ).
I definitely recommend adding this to your UX bookshelf, digital or physical.