Our brand new Mobile Book features the most important things that you need to know as a designer, developer or mobile strategist for your websites. You’ll dive deep into the peculiarities of the mobile industry, explore responsive design strategy, design patterns and optimization techniques, learn about wireframing and prototyping for mobile as well as the guidelines for designing with gestures and touch.

As an extra, the book provides insights into the popular platforms such as iOS, Windows Phone etc. as well as introduces developing and debugging techniques for advanced HTML5 Web applications.

Also available as a printed book.


The future is mobile. As more and more people are turning to mobile devices, designers and developers are facing new challenges and opportunities. Web design has to adapt. But before it can do so, we have to do our homework — understand the new medium and discover the right techniques and tools to design for it. Our brand new Mobile Book serves exactly this purpose.

What’s In The Mobile Book?

When it comes to mobile, there are more open questions than definitive answers. Due to its fragmentation, it's not so easy to understand how mobile market looks and works in general. How to pick the right mobile strategy and select the right approach for your website? What design patterns and what UX techniques can assist you to design quicker and better for mobile devices? What design patterns do you need to be aware when building responsive websites and to optimize the performance for mobile? When you design with mobile in mind, how exactly should your design process be different from traditional design workflow?

Our new book attempts to answer these questions. Well-known experts such as Peter-Paul Koch, Stephanie Rieger, Trent Walton, Brad Frost, Dave Olsen, Josh Clark and Remy Sharp have contributed to the book to present the most relevant and valuable insights.

To ensure the quality of the book, the chapters have been reviewed by Scott Jenson, Bryan Rieger, Tim Kadlec, Bruce Lawson and other active members of the mobile design community. The preface is written by Jeremy Keith. It wasn't easy to bring together such a stellar line-up of experts, but a compromise wasn't an option.

Without such well-written books, we'll never build towards tomorrow mobile industry. In this book you will find that there are a lot of questions and no definitive answers, and for this reason The Mobile Book is a little to ambitious (you can't please everybody). Overall, I highly recommend that all beginning and intermediate designers and developers get a copy of this book.

As expected, Smashing Magazine delivers a high-quality product, if you want to get ahead on the mobile techniques, your should really consider buying this book, it's excellent!

Alex Roman — I can be creative


When setting up the concept of the book, we worked hard to ensure a delicate balance between basic knowledge and the current state of the art.

Jeremy Keith Foreword
Peter-Paul Koch What’s Going On In Mobile?
Stephanie Rieger The Future Of Mobile
Trent Walton Responsive Design Strategy
Brad Frost Responsive Design Patterns
Dave Olsen Optimizing For Mobile
Dennis Kardys Hands-On Design For Mobile
Josh Clark Designing For Touch

I’m honored to have been asked to join a fantastic line-up of writers and then given the freedom to write a chapter about a topic that I think is important in this age of the always connected device, web performance.

Dave Olsen (Author) — in his Blog

The Mobile Book Addendum: Mobile Platforms

All buyers of the Mobile Book will get the Addendum for free. The provides insights into design and development for iOS, Android, Windows Phone, as well as introduces developing and debugging techniques for advanced HTML5 Web applications and explore UX patterns on these platforms.

Greg Nudelman
Rian van der Merwe
Mobile Design Patterns
Nathan Barry Getting Started With Design And Development For iOS
Arturo Toledo Designing Windows Phone Apps

Smashing Magazine’s The Mobile Book is as timely as it is inspiring. A decade from now we’ll likely question its significance when the described world is one we take for granted. But without these ideas penned today, we'll never build towards tomorrow.

It’s important to critique this book within the context of our industry right now. There are a lot of questions and no definitive answers. For that reason The Mobile Book is a little disjointed and ambitious in theme. I take no issue with that. Attempting to neatly package such ideas would be misguided and hollow. Instead this book establishes a mindset of understanding and exploring the medium. It embraces the breadth of its domain and will set you on an exciting path.

David Bushell — in his Blog

  • Formats: PDF, EPUB, Kindle (DRM-free)
  • Pages: 336 + 205
  • Language: English
  • Released: January 2013
  • Publisher: Smashing Magazine GmbH
  • ISBN (Mobile Book): 978-3-943075-50-2
  • ISBN (Mobile Book Addendum): 978-3-943075-61-8

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