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This week I was on a mobile kick, ranging from mobile performance principles to designing for app store distribution and ratings, along with a delightful iPad experience by ex-Pixar folks and even some good old use of SMS for health.
What You Need to Read This Week
Seven Guidelines For Designing High-Performance Mobile User Experiences
By Ivo Weevers, Smashing Magazine
Don’t forget performance relative to different aspects of mobile app design. Design choices affect performance and should be considered a key factor in the design process EARLY on before it’s too late.
iOS Product Strategies – an honest discussion
By Kiran Bellubbi, 955Dreams
If you’re developing for app stores, you need to face the realities of how distribution works. Kiran Bellubbi has an honest discussion after the experience of being Apple’s App of the Week multiple times and now in their hall of fame.
Why WSJ Mobile App Gets ** Customer Reviews
By Jakob Nielsen, UseIt
Can one bad screen equal millions lost? You probably don’t have the luxury to make the same mistakes the Wall Street Journal did on their first screen.
An Ex-Pixar Designer Creates Astounding Kids’ Book On iPad
By John Pavlus, Co.Design
Talk about wow on the iPad. “Every page has some delightful, hidden feature embedded into it.”
A Focus on Founders: The Anatomy of a New Design Education
By Jon Kolko, Johnny Holland Magazine
I applaud Jon Kolko and the Austin Center for Design’s approach to cultivating more designers who are better prepared for the startup journey by encouraging meaningful work like Patient Nudge, which allows care providers to schedule text messages to be sent to their patients in automated batches. Care providers can view and track patient responses via Nudge’s online platform.
Site of the Week
Templates make it possible to design and prototype mobile apps in minutes instead of hours; check out the library and thank Amir Khella.