Mobile First: One Year Later

by November 30, 2010

A little over a year ago, I began sharing my approach to designing/redesigning Web products by starting with the mobile version first. Since then, the Mobile Internet has continued to grow rapidly and many folks are waving the Mobile First flag. So as a year end wrap-up, here's a listing of relevant resources and reasons for going mobile first.

From Others

From Me

  • In my Mobile First! presentation I make the case for designing Web applications for mobile platforms before the desktop in order to take advantage of explosive growth, useful constraints, and innovative capabilities. I also outline tips for designing with: multiple screen sizes and densities, touch gestures, location awareness, orientation changes, tight audio/video integration, and more.
  • The team at LinkedIn published a video of my Mobile First! talk at the LinkedIn Tech Talk series.
  • The team at ZURB published audio from my Mobile First! talk at the ZURB soapbox.
  • I had the pleasure of writing an article for .net magazine espousing a Mobile First approach to Web design.
  • On The Big Web Show I spent about an hour talking about designing for the mobile space, and why the mobile experience for a web application or site should be designed before the PC version.
  • In a recent article, I outlined some of the ways designing for mobile first can help mitigate some of the thorny issues that have plagued designers for years.