UIEtips: New Rule – Every Desktop Design Has To Go Finger-Friendly

Josh Clark’s article New Rule: Every Desktop Design Has To Go Finger-Friendly reminds us that the web can be accessed from any device, regardless of its input or output method. For now, that means opening up all desktop layouts for easy finger-tapping. If you want to convert your mouse-focused desktop sites into mobile layouts with touch-friendly screens, then don’t miss Josh’s virtual seminar, Designing Touch-Friendly Interfaces. It’s happening this Thursday, March 13, at 1:30pm ET. Here’s an excerpt from the article: Touch has landed on the desktop. A whole new category of touch devices is flooding the consumer market in coordination with the release of Windows 8: touchscreen laptops and tablet/keyboard combos. These new hybrid combinations of touch and keyboard create a new ergonomic environment… and fresh demands on designers. Like tablets before them, the ergonomics of these hybrid gizmos demand UI conventions that depart from desktop layouts of similar screen size. The hybrids not only need big touch targets to accommodate clumsy fingers, but they also need controls and navigation conveniently placed where hands naturally come to rest. Designing for touch introduces elements of industrial design: physical comfort and ease are critical considerations. Read the article New Rule: Every Desktop Design Has To Go Finger-Friendly. How do you design for touch-friendly interfaces? Tell us about it...

Save $300 and a Spot in the Workshop You Want for UX Immersion Mobile Conference

Now is the time to register for the UX Immersion Mobile Conference in Denver, April 7-9 for two reason. On March 14 the price goes up $300 and some workshops (hint Brad Frost and Jason Grigsby) are close to selling out. Don’t miss your opportunity to participate in intensive full day, hands-on workshops geared to help you create seamless mobile user experiences. Past Attendees Say: Speakers at UXIM are at the leading edge and have broad industry experience; also depth of knowledge and experience. Duncan G. I was very happy with the format of the workshop – combination of slides/learning and actually doing exercises in a group environment. Tracy D. I enjoyed the more intimate group setting and the emphasis on tactics. I appreciated that I took away lots of practical useful information. Kim M. The Speakers Make the Difference Six UX luminaries will give both full-day workshops and featured talks that address pressing UX mobile topics. Additionally, you’ll hear keynote presentations from Jared Spool and Luke Wroblewski. Here’s a sampling of some of the speakers and their topics. Brad Frost – Using Atomic Design to Create Responsive Interfaces Cyd Harrell – Conducting Usability Research for Mobile Apps Jason Grigsby – When Responsive Web Design Meets the Real World Use the Promotion Code BLOG and save 20% more Whether you register for a single day or all three days, you’ll save an additional 20% when you use the promotion code BLOG. Lock in the savings and register by March 13. After March 13 the price increases as much as $300....

Inside the UXIM Mobile Conference: Jared Spool and Luke Wroblewski

On the second day of the UX Immersion Mobile Conference in Denver, CO, April 7-9, you get to choose the 90 minute talks that interest you most. You also get to hear from our amazing keynote speakers – Luke Wroblewski shares insightful data and research on mobile behavior and design, and Jared speaks on cultivating designers for the future. Mobile Behavior and Design Trends with Luke Wroblewski Luke will share examples and insightful information sure to enlighten you during his keynote presentation. He’ll share the language and facts you need to bring mobile to the forefront in your organization. How Do We Design for Designers with Jared Spool Jared will talk about the major shifts in design education and how it will forever change the way we hire, staff, and value our team members. Save Money when you register for 1, 2, or all 3 days Register with the promotion code BLOG and you’ll get 20% off the registration...

UIEtips: Responsive Design for Apps

In this week’s UIEtips article, Jason Grigsby tackles the concept of responsive design for mobile apps. He looks at widgets for desktop and mobile and explores the idea if phones are really different platforms than tablets. When it comes to incorporating and understanding mobile first responsive design, Jason Grigsby is one of the UX superstars to turn to. That’s why we’ve asked him to do a full-day workshop at this year’s UX Immersion Mobile Conference, April 7-9 in Denver, CO. Here’s an excerpt from the article:  A few months ago I was tasked with finding a good solution for a client who wanted to move to responsive design, but had a web app that they needed to support as well. The question they asked is one that I’ve seen others argue about in the past: does responsive design make sense for apps? Read the article Responsive Design for Apps. How does your company decide which form factors to design for when developing a responsive app? Tell us about it...

Improve Your Mobile UX with These Six Podcasts

Below we feature the six UX luminaries giving full-day workshops at the UX Immersion Mobile Conference, April 7-9 in Denver, CO. Each of these podcasts brings insights on how to improve communication and workflow with your team and users. Structuring Your Workflow for Responsive Web Design by Ben Callahan With the need for the web to reconfigure and adapt to different devices and displays, designers and developers need to adapt to changing workflows. Ben discusses how to move towards an iterative and collaborative approach which in turn allows your clients to become more involved in the process. Listen to Ben’s podcast. The Challenges of Usability Testing Mobile Apps by Cyd Harrell Cyd Harrell has developed some good remote usability techniques that can be more effective, both in scope and cost as well as results, than a formal testing lab.( Even something as simple as “hugging” a laptop with the screen angled away from you and using the built in camera can give fantastic insights into how a user will interact with a mobile device.) Listen to Cyd’s podcast. Creating Responsive Interfaces by Brad Frost Frameworks and design patterns are no strangers in the world of web design. As responsive web design becomes common practice, making sure these templates work across every imaginable screen and device is trickier. Brad shares his concept of Atomic Design to tackle this challenge. Listen to Brad’s podcast. Responsive Web Design with Mobile in Mind by Jason Grigsby The ability for your site to display across screen sizes and devices, reduces development time and allows for one design to work anywhere. Jason the total experience...