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The Mobile Frontier

A Guide for Designing Mobile Experiences 

Published: June 2012 Paperback: 280 pages, ISBN 1-933820-55-1 Digital: ISBN 1-933820-05-5

by Rachel Hinman

The Mobile Frontier

Hinman dares us to get comfortable, calling the devices in our pockets "banks," "health clinics," and "movie theaters"—but not "phones." Then she gives us the tools to build them ourselves. When everything else in mobile is shifting—the boundaries between computers and the human body, the boundaries between computers and the environment—Hinman's book makes future possibilities clear."

—Liz Danzico, Chair, MFA in Interaction Design, School of VISUAL ARTS, New York City

Mobile user experience is a new frontier. Untethered from a keyboard and mouse, this rich design space is ripe with opportunities to invent new and more human ways for people to interact with information. The Mobile Frontier will help you navigate this unfamiliar and fast-changing landscape, and inspire you to explore the possibilities that mobile technology presents.

The book provides:

  • Basic lessons in mobile UX design that will enable readers to begin designing mobile experiences with confidence
  • In-depth information on advanced mobile design topics UX professionals will spend the next 10+ years pioneering
  • Interviews with mobile industry experts
  • The tools and frameworks necessary to begin tackling mobile UX problems in a rapidly changing design space.

It is the essential UX guide for the mobile frontier.

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Read an excerpt, win a free copy of the book!

UX Magazine has published an excerpt of Rachel’s book, and is running a contest with five free copies as prizes! Follow the guidelines and post your entry in Twitter or Facebook; entering will take you just a minute or two, and the contest ends on Friday, June 22.

“The Mobile Frontier” is now available

Super stoked to announce that after what seems like forever, The Mobile Frontier: A Guide to Creating Mobile Experiences, is now available. Hooray! I hope you enjoy it …

The Mobile Frontier’s illustrations now available

All 390 (yes, 390!) of the book’s illustrations (including front and back covers) are now available via Flickr; enjoy!

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Foreword to The Mobile Frontier

S o here’s a little fact that feels surprising: Today on our small blue planet, more people have access to cell phones than to working plumbing. Think about that. Primitive plumbing has been around for over a thousand years. Modern working plumbing has been around for at least 200 years longer than the fleeting few …