Designing for Mobile, Tablets, and More … Conference Recap
I was invited to speak at this event last week in Chicago, and I’m really glad I made it out there because the event served to underscore the need for an emerging field in the mobile application landscape, mobile design. Of course, mobile design, is not a new field, but it’s certainly getting more and more attention lately as we’re seeing more and more high-quality apps and larger and larger resolution screens being considered “mobile”.
One unexpected highlight of the event was an entire session on Google’s ADK (Accessory Development Kit). The ADK was introduced in Android 3.1 (backported to Android 2.3) and allows interaction between Android devices and accessories built using the ADK APIs. This opens the door to wide range of exciting possibilities using the Android backbone from robots and remote controlled cars to a fully realized connected home.
Some more expected highlights of the event included detailed sessions on responsive design and designing for Android. When we talk about responsive design, what we’re talking about is “flexible widths, flexible graphics, and flexible layouts that don’t just stretch and squash, but provide alternate experiences”. These alternate experiences could include changing the layout of the app, e.g.. adding a nav pane if the app senses that it’s running on a tablet. And how would the app sense it’s running in a tablet? Well, for HTML5 apps, which were the subject of this discussion, you can use CSS media queries to query information about the containing window.
All in all, it was an interesting event, and it’s looking good for all you mobile designers out there!