Whenever I think of mobile user experience, images of astronauts exploring space or the brave folk who settled the Wild West come to mind. Not the latest iPhone app or Android phone, but rather images of pioneers exploring a new frontier.
Just like outer space or the western half of the U.S, I’ve long thought of the mobile design space as a frontier, a place where designers and UX professionals can explore and invent new and more human ways for people to interact with information.
At the same time, I completely sympathize with feelings of trepidation and fear when set with the task of exploring the unknown. Nearly six years ago I dove head first into the mobile design industry with little knowledge or mobile UX experience. It was daunting.
It’s the spirit of exploration and discovery coupled with the fear of the unknown that inspired me to write this book.
My hope is The Mobile Frontier will give readers both the knowledge they need to begin designing mobile experiences with confidence as well as the inspiration to explore the opportunities this new, emergent design space presents.
Bruce Sterling wrote in Shaping Things, “Writing is burdensome. A mind at full ease with itself would not need to slither onto a page, a serene mind would not need to speak its mind.” As my thoughts about this subject slither onto pages over the following months, I’ll be posting ideas and progress here. I hope you follow along and speak your mind with comments, opinions and questions along the way.
So throw on your space suit or circle your wagons (whichever best suits your personal style)… the mobile frontier is out here waiting for you.