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Pick up most books about building web sites or products for mobile and you’ll hear a common refrain extolling you to pay attention to the mobile context. Usually this means paying attention to the fact that people using mobile phones are likely to be on the go, have limited attention, and slow Internet connections.
This may have been true in the past, but data suggests that this behavior is changing:
Data like this challenges our understanding of the mobile context. At this month’s Mobile Portland, we’ve assembled an all-star panel to tackle tough questions like:
Please join us for this timely and certain to be lively discussion.
Josh is a designer specializing in mobile design strategy and user experience. He's author of the O'Reilly books Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps and Best iPhone Apps. Josh's outfit Global Moxie offers consulting services and workshops to help media companies, design agencies, and creative organizations build tapworthy mobile apps and effective websites.
Before the interwebs swallowed him up, Josh worked on a slew of national PBS programs at Boston's WGBH. He shared his three words of Russian with Mikhail Gorbachev, strolled the ranch with Nancy Reagan, hobnobbed with Rockefellers, and wrote trivia questions for a primetime game show. In 1996, he created the uberpopular "Couch-to-5K" (C25K) running program, which has helped millions of skeptical would-be exercisers take up jogging. (His motto is the same for fitness as it is for user experience: no pain, no pain.)
Daniel is the Web Evangelist for Opera's Japan office based in Tokyo. His previous work experience includes project management, IT training, web development, software development and system administration in both Japan and the UK, his home country.
After studying Japanese and Chinese at the University of Leeds, he grew more and more interested in the flourishing field of IT and the web, learning as much as he could by playing and experimenting with internet-related technologies.
His current work promoting web standards and cross-device web development at Opera fits in perfectly with his ideology of openness and equality across linguistic, social and socio-economic borders.
Photo by Patrick Lauke (flickr.com/redux)
Ty is a designer turned front end developer with a passion for making the mobile experience one people enjoy.
He is currently with the LDS Church in Salt Lake City. Former posts include Microsoft, Intel, Mayo Clinic, a few agencies and a startup or two. You can find him @tyhatch on the twitters.
Rachel is a designer, researcher and a recognized thought leader in the mobile user experience field. Currently she is a Senior Research Scientist at the Nokia Research Center in Palo Alto, California, where she focuses on the research and design of emergent and experimental mobile experiences. 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 received a Masters Degree in Design Planning from the Institute of Design in Chicago. 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, Wired, and is currently writing a book entitled The Mobile Frontier: A Guide for Designing Mobile Experiences with Rosenfeld Media due out in late 2011.
Tim Kadlec is web developer living and working in northern Wisconsin with a propensity for efficient, standards-based front-end development. His diverse background working with small companies to large publishers and industrial corporations have allowed him to see how these standards can be effectively utilized for businesses of all sizes. His current interests include creating cross-platform mobile web applications and improving the state of performance optimization on the web.
Demolicious is Portland Web Innovators’ showcase of member’s work. Whether it’s a side project or a new business, you have ten minutes to show what you’ve got. What do you have to show off?
We've got a great line up of mobile apps for this month's Demolicious. Everything from apps for kids to mapping and checkins. Thanks in advance to our presenters.
MapBox for iPad is part of a stack of largely web-based tools (this one being the exception) for creating your own highly-custom maps. Development Seed makes open source tools for creating and serving map tiles, and the app that Justin Miller works on is for carrying them anywhere, using them offline, and demoing them to other people.
Development Seed has created a standard (http://mbtiles.org) for map exchange. This demo would be useful to both developers as well as people generally interested in mobile tech.
Even back when the iPad was a mere rumor, Joe and Tony began imagining an app that could be used to house their extensive musical libraries and be used seamlessly at their rehearsals, on stage, in their classrooms and in their private lessons.
GigBook is not the first out of the gates, but they believe it’s the most mature, elegant and intuitive sheet music reader in the App Store. GigBook is simply the best way to organize, store and use your musical scores, chord charts, and lyric sheets in a live setting on the iPad.
Heat Tracker allows you to find places near you that have a good crowd before you get there. Want to go where people are going? Look for places that are “Heating Up” or “On Fire.” Don’t want to get mobbed? Look for places that are “Cool” or “Getting Warmer.”
Heat Tracker for iOS is the only app that pinpoints where people are checking in at local venues and assigns a heat rating based on the number of check-ins. Connect with your friends or find new friends in hot places! After you find that perfect coffee shop or nightspot you can share it on top social networks. You can also customize your experience by searching for men-only or women-only, changing your search radius or searching for nightlife only. Location search allows you to see what’s hot in other areas too.
So whether you’re new in town and want to know the best places to go, or a local looking to see where to go to next, use Heat Tracker with your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch to find the hottest places to hang out before you arrive!
Many of the combinations resemble real life scenarios, others are just plain wacky. There are 286 elements waiting for you to discover. Can you unlock them all?
Alchemy is Windows Phone 7 game and Kelly can not only show how the game works, but can talk about selling Windows Phone 7 apps.
Discover a fun new way for preschoolers and young kids to express their creativity! This interactive app quickly gets children interested in drawing with clean graphics, cute sounds, and an easy to use layout.
Designed for toddlers 12 months and up, Paint for Kids is so easy to use, your child will start doodling and drawing within seconds. Everything is kept simple for your young artist, placing all of the essential drawing features in one screen. Features for parents include exporting drawings, toggling the sound on/off, and deleting projects are tucked away in the extendable menu as to not confuse or accidentally be selected by young users.
Photo courtesy Josh Liba. Licensed under Creative Commons.