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Mobile prototyping essentials

  • Rachel Hinman
  • Sep 25 2012, 13:30 - 17:00
  • English
  • Hogeschool van Amsterdam

We've heard it all before... prototype, prototype, prototype! It's a standard step in almost any design process—but often the first step skipped in time and budget constrained projects. Although prototyping is considered a luxury for many PC-based experiences, it is an absolutely essential part of creating compelling tablet and mobile experiences.

This workshop will outline why prototyping is an essential part of the emerging world of tablet and mobile experience design. You'll learn the underlying design principles and design conventions of Natural User Interfaces (NUIs), animated transitions and the interaction design language that is emerging as touchscreen devices become commonplace. You'll also learn how and why to cultivate the two most important skills necessary for creating compelling tablet and mobile experiences: a curiosity for context and ruthless editing.

Finally, you'll learn a wide variety of hands-on prototyping methods that can be applied to your design process. You'll receive tactical, hands on instruction for how to storyboard concepts and screens, sketch transitions, and turn your ideas into high-fidelity on-device prototypes with speed and confidence.

The workshop will:

  • Provide insights into how to design experiences with natural user interfaces (Activity: Translating GUI to a NUI)
  • Help you foster mobile UX skills such as ruthless editing, a curiosity for context, as well as learning the language of animated transitions.
  • Expose you to tablet/mobile prototyping methods including storyboarding, low-fidelity prototyping and high-fidelity prototyping

This is a workshop aimed at designers, developers, and UX professionals keen to transition from desktop to mobile and tablet experiences.

Participants should bring

Their mobile device (smartphone or tablet).

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Rachel Hinman

Senior Research Scientist at Nokia Research

Rachel Hinman is a researcher, designer and a recognized thought leader in the mobile user experience field. Her passions for cultural study, art, and design coupled with the belief that people can use technology to improve the human condition have been the driving forces in her career.

Currently, Rachel is a Senior Research Scientist at the Nokia Research Center in Palo Alto, California. There she focuses on the research and design of emergent and experimental mobile interfaces and mobile experiences for emerging markets. Prior to joining Nokia, Rachel was an experience design director at Adaptive Path, and a mobile researcher and strategist for Yahoo's mobile group. Rachel's innate sensitivity to people and culture have proven powerful skills in the field, enabling her to successfully lead research studies on mobile phone usage in the US, Europe, Asia and Africa.

Rachel writes and speaks frequently on the topic of mobile research and design. She is the creative force behind the 90 Mobiles in 90 Days Project and her perspectives on mobile user experience has been featured in Interactions Magazine, BusinessWeek and Wired. She recently wrote a book entitled The Mobile Frontier: A Guide to Creating Mobile User Experience with Rosenfeld Media.

Rachel received a Masters Degree in Design Planning from the Institute of Design in Chicago.

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