Tapworthy
Designing Great iPhone Apps
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: June 2010
Pages: 322

So you've got an idea for an iPhone app -- along with everyone else on the planet. Set your app apart with elegant design, efficient usability, and a healthy dose of personality. This accessible, well-written guide shows you how to design exceptional user experiences for the iPhone and iPod Touch through practical principles and a rich collection of visual examples.

Whether you're a designer, programmer, manager, or marketer, Tapworthy teaches you to "think iPhone" and helps you ask the right questions -- and get the right answers -- throughout the design process. You'll explore how considerations of design, psychology, culture, ergonomics, and usability combine to create a tapworthy app. Along the way, you'll get behind-the-scenes insights from the designers of apps like Facebook, USA Today, Twitterrific, and many others.

  • Develop your ideas from initial concept to finished design
  • Build an effortless user experience that rewards every tap
  • Explore the secrets of designing for touch
  • Discover how and why people really use iPhone apps
  • Learn to use iPhone controls the Apple way
  • Create your own personality-packed visuals
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    1.0

    Waste of money

    By App Developer

    from San Francisco, CA

    Comments about O'Reilly Media Tapworthy:

    This book just repeats information you can easily get from Apple's Human Interface Guidelines or from many other sources.

    (1 of 1 customers found this review helpful)

     
    5.0

    You. Must. Read. This. Book

    By Robin Layfield

    from Stroud, UK

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      Comments about O'Reilly Media Tapworthy:

      One of the best, most well-written technical books I've read, Josh's weighty tome covers the fundamental principles of good app (and User Interface) design.

      Whilst it's mainly focused on iPhone app development, it doesn't attempt to showcase any code samples; it's about the stage before you begin to write the app - the planning, the design, the pitfalls and the execution. As a result, much of the content is appropriate for design of anything that's going to be displayed on a small screen.

      It's a great read, informative, illuminating and completely engaging. Which is why it gets 5 stars

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      5.0

      Extremely readable, non-technical book!

      By SportSafety Labs LLC

      from New York NY

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        Tapworthy was a great and valuable read. I found it to be very informative and indeed I used many of the suggestions in my first iPhone app, "Concussion" which was released on the Apple app store recently. I read Tapworthy in iBooks on my iPhone while developing the Concussion App, and wish I had completed the book before I started the Concussion App project!

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        A Must have for great apps

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          Comments about O'Reilly Media Tapworthy:

          When teaching web design it is difficult to find inspiring books to recommend. Look no further! This is easy to read and fully of excellent advice and guidance - it has become my recomended course reader.

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          Very good and informative book

          By Cristina Luminea

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            Comments about O'Reilly Media Tapworthy:

            Tapworthy by Josh Clark is a great book that not only looks at how to design an iPhone/iPad app but teaches the reader how to design with the user in mind and make sure their app is addressing their users' needs. Aside from this the reader will find real examples that reinforce the concepts presented inside the book. This book is a must read before even thinking of creating an iPhone/iPad app.

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