Ever a fan of the Rosenfeld Media UX books, I snatched up the new book by Rachel Hinman, The Mobile Frontier. I'm only about 1/3 of the way through, but so far it's an engrossing read on a topic that is sorely in need of a foundational UX text that is accessible to not only designers and usability folks, but to project managers, developers and marketers.
Here's what I like about the book so far:
- The first few chapters discussed the theoretical underpinnings of mobile UX, and also included a thoughtful--and thought-provoking--discussion of mobile context.
- The text discusses the "why" and "what for?" rather than only focusing on the "how."
- GUI to Natural User Interface (NUI): the whole concept is exciting.
- Moving toward uniquely mobile. Yes, tactics like RWD are awesome. But how can we take advantage of all mobile has to offer to create a great user experience? The answer isn't always the same as a reshuffled desktop site.
- Lucy Suchman's theory of situated action and mutual reconfiguration. You'll want to know more.
- It will inspire you to think about mobile differently. And like I said, I'm not even done reading the book yet.