Archive for September, 2009

Designing for Interesting Moments Talk

I posted this on my personal blog and according to slideshare it is the top tweeted presentation from their site today (9/20/09). Been meaning to post it here for those who don’t follow my blog. The material contains some new examples but tracks with the book’s six principles.

I recently gave this talk at Microsoft for their UX team, at the Ruby Meetup Group at the CMU campus in the bay area and most recently at the Ajax Experience in Boston. Next time I will be giving this talk is in December at the Rich Web Experience (first week of December) in Orlando, Florida.

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Designing for the iPhone 3G: Tips and Tools

Last April I posted a simple iPhone wireframe stencil to Graffletopia, an online stencil community for OmniGraffle users. 18 thousand people have downloaded it. It is time for an update- get your new iPhone 3G Stencil here. Unzip it and put in in your Library > Application Support > OmniGraffle > Stencils folder.

I’ve also included some tips and tools I find useful while designing iPhone applications.

Design Basics

Start with the iPhone Human Interface Guidelines.

Paper and Pencil Drawings

So fast, so simple. Grab a sketch pad and the iPhone stencil kit. I hope they make a magnet set next.


1. My favorite wireframing tool,Balsamiq Mockups, now supports iPhone UI elements

2. iPlotz , another wireframing application, also provides iPhone controls
3. Try my new iPhone 3G stencil

High Fidelity

1. Mercury Intermedia’s vector images

2. teehan+lax’s psd images

Interaction Design

1. Download the Touchscreen Hand Gestures v2 on Graffletopia, inspired by Dan Saffer, author of Designing Gestural Interfaces, O’Reilly Media December, 2009.

2. Todd Warfel did a great presentation last month in NY called Prototyping in the Wild. He had some cheap, quick and fun ideas for prototyping iPhone apps- mostly involving cardboard, markers, paper and tape. Cut a life-size iPhone out of cardboard. Place it over your design sketches. Your clients or test group can flip through the screens to experience the app. Hint* add notes like “pull to left” or “slide up”, or create a Common Craft style movie to pitch the concept.

3. Balsamiq Mockups can now be combined with Napkee to make working prototypes. I have not tried this for an iPhone app yet, but I am optimistic.

Best Apps Showcase

1. Check out O’Reilly’s Best iPhone Apps site for inspiration
Best IPhone Apps

2. There is a new book on the market Best iPhone Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders. I haven’t personally checked it out yet, but will over the weekend. It is bound to have some good examples in the 220+ pages.

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