Mobile UX design resources

15 Jul 2011 - 3:54am
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Graham Sear


Does anyone have any recommendations for smartphone design books/resources for the full UCD process i.e. concept, user flow, IA, production, testing, etc?







15 Jul 2011 - 3:58am
15 Jul 2011 - 7:22am

Here are a few:

The Mobile Design Process


jQuery Touch-Optimized Web Framework for Smartphones & Tablets

The Dos and Do Nots of Mobile Applications

iPad Apps Dos and Don'ts

Considerations for Mobile Design

Best sites ti get mobile resources

Smartphone Infographic

14 Differences Between Mobile Search & Desktop Search Results

Best Practices for Designing Mobile Touch Screen Applications

Stencils and UI Elements

Wireframe Tools and Kits


There are tons of stuff out there to assist you.
Hope this helped. :)


16 Jul 2011 - 3:24am
Ivan Burmistrov

We maintain a list of resources on mobile and handheld usability:

17 Jul 2011 - 6:40am
Jan Dittrich

The UCD process remains the basically the same – but you do interviews, ethnographic research etc. on mobile use of devices etc.

General Considerations:

Challenges of Interface Design for Mobile Devices » Yahoo! User Interface Blog (YUIBlog)
Four Key Principles of Mobile User Experience Design - Boxes and Arrows: The design behind the design

iOS Human Interface Guidelines: Introduction

 General overviews on the Design process for mobile Devices can be found at:

Forum Nokia - Design and User Experience

Information on designing for touchscreens are rare and there are a lot of untested assumptions out there ("gestures are always intuively understood" and the like)

This Don Norman Essay points out some common pitfalls: NUI Are Not Natural

Button Sizes for Touchscreens: Ubunutu Guidelines for Touch Interfaces; Target sizes



17 Jul 2011 - 8:07am
Ali Naqvi

Mobile Design and Development: Practical concepts and techniques for creating mobile sites and web apps (Animal Guide) by Brian Fling.

19 Jul 2011 - 5:58am
Graham Sear

Hi all,

Thanks a lot for the resource list, really helpful :)



22 Jul 2011 - 11:05am

I found a site that has tons of ebooks on any subject, including mobile UX design. Check it out at
The books aren't the most up to date, but they tend to be good enough. Not sure about the legality either, but it's really nice to just pop these onto my iPad and go.

Matthew StephensCo-Founder,

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