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Guidelines for Mobile Interface Design

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Interface design is a key factor to the success of any application. The guidelines proposed here aim to improve the user experience of mobile applications in general.



Enable shortcuts to frequently used features

On mobile context time is a critical factor to users. In general they are looking for information 'just in time'. Therefore reducing the number of steps needed by the user to perform regular actions ease its adaptation to the application/device.

keep the user informed of their actions

Keep the user aware about the application's behavior. It can be done using sounds, dialogs, messages, etc.

Preference for native interface components

Using native interface components reduces the learning curve to the application, because the 'look and feel' will be shared among other native applications known by the user.

Pay attention to the menu positioning on the screen. For example, most of the Nokia devices have the Menu positioned at the left side while the cancel actions are positioned to the right.


[1] - G ONG , J., AND TARASEWICH , P. 2004. Guidelines for handheld device interface design. In Proceedings of DSI 2004.

[2] - Programming Mobile Devices: An Introduction for Practitioners by Tommi Mikkonen. Wiley & Sons. ISBN-10: 0470057386

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