One of the cool elements of the mobile revolution that is taking place is that it is forcing a new focus around the importance of good creative design for mobile applications. While I’m not sure if this is due to the differences in screen size and interaction methods (touch vs mouse driven), it doesn’t really matter. The good news is that it is resulting in software developers being asked to really re-think good user interface designs and that’s good for all of us!
Part of the evolution is certainly due to the fact that smaller screens and form factors require that mobile applications must be simpler – the best ones are not simply replicas of web site or existing traditional apps, instead they are built for simple tasks and discrete purposes that often require re-imagining key customer interaction processes. As functionality is re-thought from the user centered design perspective, it provides an opportunity to rethink the graphical interfaces and feel as well. While it’s not very often you hear anyone bragging about the cool UI on a traditional PC app – it is quite common to see cool designs on mobile platforms.
Recently I came across this list of ten sites that was posted by Jacob Gube , the Founder and Chief Editor of Six Revisions, that can provide mobile app developers with some inspiration for design patterns and graphical interface models. It’s pretty cool – check it out. I think my favorite is lovely ui – but let me know what you think! As some of you know – my lovely wife is a graphic designer – so I’ll have to ask for her vote too and she what she thinks.
This week here at IBM we were also proud to report that our IBM Interactive Design Services team was cited as one of the best design and digital marketing teams in the industry as noted by their placement in the Gartner Magic Quadrant! If you aren’t familiar with them – you can check them out here – and as you can see by clicking on the Our Work tab, they have done some great, cool projects with great user designs.