From The Mobile Design Uprising (mobdup.com) Conference at San Diego State University.
Slides alone are at slideshare.net/philohme/mobiledesign-weeds-philohmemobdup072013
From when the Apple AppStore first launched back in 2008, we have had the official HIG (Human Interface Guidelines, http://bit.ly/higapple) for mobile apps. It told us what to do to ensure that your app would not only pass Apple screeners to be on the AppStore, but also what really makes a killer app -- so killer that Apple would think about featuring it. But what gems are hidden in the HIG? It is after all a daunting 219 pages. Do you know the mistake 95% of companies make in regards to the launch image (aka "splash screen") in iOS apps)? Do you know exactly how many icons and how many pixels in dimension need to be provided just to submit an app? In the last year, Google has published their version of the HIG, called Android Design developer.android.com/design, that goes a long way towards taming the "wild west" of Android apps. Is it enough? What's a "dp" (density-independent pixel) and what does that mean for the actual pixels of assets I need to submit to Google Play for my app?
Besides all of that, what even makes a good mobile icon? What metaphor should I use for navigating through my app? Can I design the next Instagram for Video superstar app? Get the answers to all of these questions and more at the "Mobile Design in the Weeds" workshop at Mob'd Up with @philohme.
27 July 2013