8 Mobile UX Trends You Can’t Afford to Ignore in 2015

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This year, we continue our Holiday tradition of predicting the key trends in the mobile UX industry you will have to face in the coming year. Without further ado, here’s our count-down to #1.

What is the $1 Prototype Mobile Design Methodology? (Book Excerpt)

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The state of your prototype must reflect the state of completion of your system. This simple guideline is also very profound. The degree of certainty in your design should be reflected in the level of completion of your prototype. The project starts with a rough storyboard which is highly uncertain and full of assumptions: no one knows if
the audience will find the product useful, if they will pay for it, or even if the product can (or should) be built.

How to Easily Prototype Your Android L Material Designs: TripAdvisor App Case Study

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In my workshops, often the greatest challenge for designers is converting their existing Android designs to the new Material Design approach—making the interface both simpler and more visually rich than their corresponding Android 4.x designs, as well as laying out the “happy path” for the customers (using Floating Action Button or FAB, as one of the tools). The following sticky note wireframes demonstrate my quick take on converting the Android 4.x TripAdvisor app into Material Design using $1 Prototype methodology — perfect for prototyping Android Material Designs.

Visual Guide to Android L Material Design: 7 Insights Every Serious Designer Needs to Know

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Material Design is a new Google design language that Google hopes to port to everything from mobile phones and tablets to websites and desktop apps. Here are 7 hard-won insights from 4 Material Design workshops I recently facilitated with my top clients in Argentina, Abu Dhabi and United States.

7 Mobile Trends for 2014 (and How to Profit From Them – with Case Studies!)

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The importance of mobile to your company’s digital strategy cannot be overstated. But where to focus your energies? Here are 7 trends we see emerging in many of our clients’ businesses, from financial and banking services to ecommerce and social media.

C-Swipe: An Ergonomic Solution To Navigation Fragmentation On Android

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There are 3,997 different Android devices. Your navigation should work with all of them. C-Swipe can help: It is an alternative navigation pattern for tablets and mobile devices that is novel, ergonomic and localized. This article provides a detailed walk-through of the design and code and provides a downloadable mini-app so that you can try out C-Swipe to see whether it’s right for your app.

Let Them Pee: Avoiding the Sign-Up/Sign-In Mobile Antipattern

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Anything that slows down customers or gets in their way after they download your app is a bad thing. That includes sign-up/sign-in forms that show up even before potential customers can figure out if the app is actually worth using.

The Definitive Guide To The Android Carousel Design Pattern

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We’ll use the analogy of a real-world amusement park carousel to explain what makes for an authentically mobile user experience, and we’ll give you the design, the complete source code and a downloadable mini-app, which you can use today to add an enjoyable and effective carousel to your own app on phones and tablets.

Three essentials of Android design DNA

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For many years since its release, the Android OS has been behaving like a teenager in the grip of raging hormones. Growth has been nothing short of explosive and the changes have been sweeping and profound. With the release of Ice-Cream Sandwich OS, the UI standards and design elements have changed dramatically and the platform has really matured and even stabilized somewhat. Nevertheless, the OS has retained it’s rebellious hacker DNA with unique features that are authentically Android.

Mobile Welcome UX Antipattern: End User License Agreement (EULA)

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Like the overzealous zombie cross-breed between a lawyer and a customs agent, End User License Agreements (EULAs) require multiple forms to be filled out in triplicate, while keeping the customers from enjoying the app they have so laboriously invested time and flash memory space to download.