The mobile Web has gotten a bum rap. It spends most of its time either in the shadow of the desktop or playing the role of the native app’s frumpy friend. Luckily, we’ve got the tools to change that. Progressive enhancement, mobile-first and responsive design can help lead us towards a more unified, future-friendly Web. That’s the good news. The bad news? These tools are worthless if you don’t have license to use them.
How To Sketch A New Mobile Web
We’d like to believe that we use established design patterns for common elements on the Web. We know what buttons should look like, how they should behave and how to design the Web forms that rely on those buttons.
And yet, broken forms, buttons that look nothing like buttons, confusing navigation elements and more are rampant on the Web. It’s a boulevard of broken patterns out there.
Further Reading on SmashingMag: Taking Pattern Libraries To The Next Level An Exploration Of Carousel Usage On Mobile E-Commerce Websites An In-Depth Overview Of Living Style Guide Tools Boost Your Mobile E-Commerce Sales With Mobile Design Patterns This got me thinking about the history and purpose of design patterns and when they should and should not be used.
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Design Patterns: When Breaking The Rules Is OK
A strong understanding of how designers control meaning is essential for anyone interested in graphic design or typography. In a previous article, we discussed how sophisticated and complex visual and verbal language can get, examining instances that show how type can be used to effectively take control of meaning.
In this article, we’ll look at the reasons why subtle typographic changes can create considerable effect. We’ll refer to one or two linguistic and semiotic examples, as well as design case studies, to get to grips with why subtle changes can make all the difference.
Why Subtle Typographic Choices Make All The Difference
When iOS started to gain momentum, soon after the first iPhone launched, many businesses started to pay attention to apps. The number of apps for iOS grew exponentially, and every company, big and small, rushed to create their own app to support their business.
For some time, iOS was the only platform you really had to care about. The audience was there. For a few years now, there has been another player in the market.
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