Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, 2nd Edition
UI Patterns for Smartphone Apps
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Final Release Date: April 2014
Pages: 408

When you’re under pressure to produce a well-designed, easy-to-navigate mobile app, there’s no time to reinvent the wheel—and no need to. This handy reference provides more than 90 mobile app design patterns, illustrated by 1,000 screenshots from current Android, iOS, and Windows Phone apps.

Much has changed since this book’s first edition. Mobile OSes have become increasingly different, driving their own design conventions and patterns, and many designers have embraced mobile-centric thinking. In this edition, user experience professional Theresa Neil walks product managers, designers, and developers through design patterns in 11 categories:

  • Navigation: get patterns for primary and secondary navigation
  • Forms: break industry-wide habits of bad form design
  • Tables: display only the most important information
  • Search, sort, and filter: make these functions easy to use
  • Tools: create the illusion of direct interaction
  • Charts: learn best practices for basic chart design
  • Tutorials & Invitations: invite users to get started and discover features
  • Social: help users connect and become part of the group
  • Feedback & Accordance: provide users with timely feedback
  • Help: integrate help pages into a smaller form factor
  • Anti-Patterns: what not to do when designing a mobile app
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    5.0

    I will recommend this book to my friends

    By James Cen

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      Comments about oreilly Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, 2nd Edition:

      I'm a mobile developer, recently I'm facing about how to design UI for my app. After I read this book, I got some ideas and industry hot pattern, some patterns are great. I like this book.

       
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      to be a design pattern expert ...must read

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      5.0

      Great Reference and Explanations

      By Greg

      from Austin, TX

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      Comments about oreilly Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, 2nd Edition:

      * I am reviewing a pre-release version of the book which was given to me to review. *

      Mobile Design Patterns is a great reference that highlights best practices in mobile UX design, but also gives the plusses and minuses of each pattern. I'm sure there are some new patterns out there that are not covered, but I haven't run into them yet.

      As a project manager delivering my first mobile apps across iPhone, Android, and iPad a couple years back, I wish I had referenced this book (or its predecessor) during our design. It would have helped close any number of arguments or "recommendations" by well-meaning co-workers of how we should use the same patterns as "insert any common mobile app here" - Facebook, Uber, Kayak, etc.

      The book looks at patterns across all the major mobile platforms - iOS, Android and Windows - which is very useful to me as a Product Manager who spends most of his time on iOS devices. I have been able to gain valuable insight into Android and Windows mobile OS that I would have never had the time do find on my own. Even just the minor fact that I can now refer to UX features by their proper name has been helpful in dealing with co-workers.

      The only negative is that, of course, the content has a shelf life that starts as soon as the book is published. I am not sure what the authors have planned in terms of updating external content with new patterns, but that would be helpful between editions of the book.

      Overall, an excellent and extensive reference to current state of the art in mobile UX design.

       
      5.0

      Awesome resource!

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      from Seattle, WA

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        I've been designing for web for over a decade now, but I just started designing for mobile a few months ago. I now wish I had picked this book up when I first started doing mobile work. I found myself fixing a few things on my designs after picking up the book.

        I appreciate that this book pays attention to cross device patterns as well as device specific design standards.

        One pleasant surprise after I started going through this book was that Theresa provides links to youtube videos to show some of the interactions she talks about.

        My only criticism I have is that in many places, the screenshots of patterns are one page after the explanation of those patterns. Because of this, I catch myself having to flip back and forth between 2 pages. I didn't drop the star rating of this book since I expected some design quirks due to this book being an 'early release'. I secretly also want to encourage folks to pre-release books. As long as the info is accurate, I can handle design quirks.

        Juan

         
        5.0

        Essential and easy to read

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          Comments about oreilly Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, 2nd Edition:

          I thought maybe I should finish reading the book before reviewing - I've read about half the chapters - but the beauty of this book is that you don't have to read all of it to get what you need. Being picture- and example-based and very well-organized, you can easily pick out what sections apply to a particular design problem.

          I especially appreciated how she identifies patterns and trends that used to be common in 2011 but are outdated now, or that are often followed but perform poorly in testing. One suggestion for subsequent drafts/editions would be to give more details on who did a given test and what kind of testing it was, as designers need to use this book to persuade others team members that a given test result is meaningful.

          I recommend getting this book in electronic form, as its links to articles and videos are very helpful.

          For interaction designers who are accustomed to designing for desktop systems, this book is a terrific aid for learning the languages of mobile.

           
          5.0

          THE Definitive guide to mobile design

          By Andrew Eye - CEO Boxer

          from Austin, TX

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            Comments about oreilly Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, 2nd Edition:

            Since it's first edition release in 2012, Theresa Neil's "Mobile Design Pattern Gallery" has been the industry standard desk reference for mobile application developers and UX experts the world over. The 2014 second edition provides many updated examples and highlights emerging trends in a fast changing mobile ecosystem. Anyone interested in optimizing mobile application user experience needs to have this book. If you bought the first edition, buy this as well. You won't regret it.

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            A comprehensive review of Mobile

            By Cameron, Mobile Product Manager

            from Austin, TX

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            Comments about oreilly Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, 2nd Edition:

            This is a wonderful resource for anyone working with mobile interface design, whether a new hand at mobile or massively experienced.

            Theresa clearly outlines best practices for mobile design and interactions coupled with an immense collection of examples to highlight key principles and the diversity with which they can be achieved.

            As a product manager of mobile app and web products that works closely with our design team, I find Theresa's insights consistently helpful in my daily work. Highly recommended for anyone who works even remotely within the mobile space.

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