Is there anything more insightful than learning about the workflows from fellow designers and developers, and what techniques they use? What made their projects a stunning success, and how do they overcome missteps? With this eBook, we’ll take a closer look at the techniques and stories of some folks behind real-life Web projects.

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Among others, you will discover how renowned projects such as the Financial Times Web app or the Nike Better World website were built, and learn from the success story of a translation app that made it into Apple’s top ten charts. You’ll also get an insight into Google’s User Experience Lab, and (illustrated by the example of Pinterest) explore the importance of paint performance. Furthermore, our Smashing authors share valuable lessons learned in the course of their careers — from both successes and failures. This eBook is full of handy tips, ideas, and personal experiences that are beneficial to any Web professional.

TABLE OF CONTENTS

  • Building The New Financial Times Web App
    by Wilson Page
  • Bringing Angry Birds To Facebook
    by Richard Shepherd
  • Behind The Scenes Of Nike Better World
    by Richard Shepherd
  • Behind The Scenes Of Tourism New Zealand
    by Richard Shepherd
  • Tale Of A Top-10 App, Part 1: Idea And Design
    by Jeremy Olson
  • Tale Of A Top-10 App, Part 2: Marketing And Launch
    by Jeremy Olson
  • Gone In 60 Frames Per Second: A Pinterest Paint Performance Case Study
    by Addy Osmani & Paul Lewis
  • Inside Google’s User Experience Lab: An Interview With Google’s Marcin Wichary
    by Dan Redding
  • Mistakes I’ve Made (And Lessons Learned Along The Way)
    by Jeremy Girard

Technical Information

  • Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
  • Pages: 141
  • Language: English
  • Released: December 2013
  • Publisher: Smashing Magazine GmbH
  • ISBN (PDF): 978-3-94454027-6
  • ISBN (EPUB): 978-3-94454028-3
  • ISBN (KINDLE): 978-3-94454029-0

Excerpt From Chapter 1

Building The New Financial Times Web App (A Case Study) — by Wilson Page

When the mockups for the new Financial Times application hit our desks in mid-2012, we knew we had a real challenge on our hands. Many of us on the team (including me) swore that parts of interface would not be possible in HTML5. Given the product team’s passion for the new UI, we rolled up our sleeves and gave it our best shot. We were tasked with implementing a far more challenging product, without compromising the reliable, performant experience that made the first app so successful.

We were tasked with implementing a far more challenging product, without compromising the reliable, performant experience that made the first app so successful.

Excerpt From Chapter 5

Tale Of A Top-10 App, Part 1: Idea And Design — by Jeremy Olson

My name is Jeremy Olson. I’m a senior in college, living in Charlotte, North Carolina, and this is the story of how my little app beat Angry Birds. I’m writing this because I believe we learn much more from success than from failure. It took Edison thousands of failed attempts to invent the electric light bulb, and it would be foolish for us to reinvent it based on trial and error, now that we have a working model.

We have many shining lights in the app industry. While I would love to claim that my success stems from my own genius, nothing could be further from the truth. By studying independent developers who have succeeded in the App Store again and again, I was able to
learn the basic principles that I needed to succeed, and I hope this story will help others do the same.

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