August 23, 2015
Only a few mobile-design skills and design recommendations translate well to designing for very large touchscreens, as found in kiosks and other nonmobile use cases. Users’ field of vision, arm motion, affordance, and privacy are a few of the different considerations for such screens with up to 380 times the area of a smartphone.
August 16, 2015
Mobile sites using a hamburger or three-line menu need to support navigation activities throughout the site, in case users don't locate or use the main navigation.
July 26, 2015
Displaying faceted-search controls on mobile devices in a ‘tray’ overlay is a new effective solution to the challenge of showing both results and filters on small screens.
July 5, 2015
Extra care is required when designing mobile page layouts that include advertisements, due to the limited screen real estate available. Ads must be displayed where they will not create false floors nor block users from reaching relevant content.
June 14, 2015
When you design an input field for use on mobile devices, check whether it satisfies this list of 14 usability requirements.
May 31, 2015
Accordions conserve space in mobile designs but they can also cause disorientation and too much scrolling. Easy design fixes improve the usability of these UI elements.
May 17, 2015
Smartwatch apps should rely on gestures more than on navigation elements, prioritize the essential, support handoff, and create tailored, standalone content.
May 3, 2015
Designing for larger-scale touchscreens requires particular attention to input, screen focus, and privacy.
April 19, 2015
Mobile design must reflect smartphone constraints and strengths: small screen, short sessions, single window, touch interaction, GPS and other phone features.
March 22, 2015
Mobile usability has improved over the past 7 years due to better prioritization of content over UI elements and better understanding of the users’ needs.
March 1, 2015
Mobile-phone users have difficulty combining information from multiple apps. Support for multitasking is inherently limited by the mobile-screen size.
January 25, 2015
The PenPoint tablet was ahead of its time and too expensive and heavy, but had gestural syntax and personal-productivity benefits that we can still learn from.
December 28, 2014
Traffic and sales data collected by IBM show that e-commerce sites had 288% higher conversion rates on desktop than on smartphones during Christmas 2014.
November 9, 2014
Book-reading apps need to support rich hyperlinking, nonsequential navigation, and high-quality, detailed illustrations.
July 13, 2014
In interface design favor direct access to the user’s preferred item instead of forcing users to go through your content in a serial order.
May 4, 2014
Responsive design teams create a single site to support many devices, but need to consider content, design and performance across devices to ensure usability.
April 13, 2014
Designing for all screen sizes must consider the human–device communication capacity, which depends on users’ memory, device portability, and screen size.
March 30, 2014
For mobile navigation, image grids should be saved for deeper IA levels where visual differentiation between menu items is critical.
March 23, 2014
Two winning intranets—triptic and Abt Associates—use responsive design, prioritize their content, and employ elegant navigation to accommodate and optimize for multiple devices.
March 23, 2014
Intranet designers have some distinct and different considerations, beyond the positive and negative foundations of responsive design for public-facing websites.
September 14, 2013
Native and hybrid apps are installed in an app store, whereas web apps are mobile-optimized webpages that look like an app. Both hybrid and web apps render HTML web pages, but hybrid apps use app-embedded browsers to do that.
April 10, 2012
Good mobile user experience requires a different design than what's needed to satisfy desktop users. Two designs, two sites, and cross-linking to make it all work.
February 13, 2012
Mobile apps currently have better usability than mobile sites, but forthcoming changes will eventually make a mobile site the superior strategy.
August 19, 2013
Supporting field staff and mission-critical apps are core reasons to take enterprise computing mobile, but users also value access to news and internal social networks.
February 28, 2011
When reading from an iPhone-sized screen, comprehension scores for complex Web content were 48% of desktop monitor scores.
October 10, 2011
Writing for mobile readers requires even harsher editing than writing for the Web. Mobile use implies less patience for filler copy.
August 1, 2011
Mobile devices require a tight focus in content presentation, with the first screen limited to only the most essential information.
October 22, 2012
Mobile use strengthens email marketing's benefits by offering ubiquitous newsletter access, but it also introduces new usability limitations for template design.
March 28, 2011
A single mobile screen with almost no features still required 10 design changes to meet usability guidelines for mobile websites.