Design Trends in Mobile
This is the 3rd part in a series of trends that I have witnessed in the design world. These trends andUX have now become best practice in mobile design and an essential skill-set for the experienced UIdesigner.
Test Your Design
Try out your designs on as many devices as possible but remember innovation is not generated from focus groups. It is more than probably your cherished design, while amazing on stellar devices like the iPhone4 will degrade particularly badly on the trusty old Motorola Razr. You should be testing also for security and usability.
Use emulators if you have too, but there is never a better substitute than using the device itself. So, use up your favours with your friend at the local phone shop and test your mobile web site one, twice and as many times as you can.
You can, of course, test through the iOS Developer Program both over-the-air and in realtime, as well as determining black and white questions like ‘Does it work’ you can also test your designs effectivens:
- How easy is it to navigate through your designs?
- Is it obvious to the user which actions are available?
- Is the look-and-feel consistent from page to page, including font sizes and colors?
Remember the phrase ‘Don’t Make me Think’ – it’s a good reference point.