Designing Great iPhone Apps

by Staff

Tapworthy Designing Great iPhone Apps

Designing Great iPhone AppsSo you've got an idea for an iPhone app--along with everyone else on the planet. Now, with "Tapworthy", you can learn to set your app apart with elegant design, efficient usability, and a healthy dose of personality. This lively, accessible guide by expert Josh Clark shows you how to design exceptional user experiences for the iPhone and iPod Touch through practical principles and a rich collection of visual examples.

Josh Clark, author of Tapworthy Josh Clark, also the author of "Best iPhone Apps," explains

Quoting begins This book isn't aimed (only) at geeks. "Tapworthy" is a lively guide to the design and psychology and ergonomics of the iPhone and its apps . . . Designing for a handheld device that works by touch is entirely different from designing any other kind of software interface. My hope is that the book helps establish a common vocabulary that helps geeks and civilians--designers and clients--speak in the same tongue about great apps. Quoting ends

Indeed, adds Clark: "This mission is simple enough: when everyone around the table understands the ingredients of tapworthy apps, more apps will be tapworthy."

Whether you're a designer, programmer, manager, or marketer, "Tapworthy" teaches you to "think iPhone" and helps you ask the right questions--and get the right answers -- throughout the design process. You'll explore how considerations of design, psychology, culture, ergonomics, and usability combine to create a tapworthy app. Along the way, you'll get behind-the-scenes insights from the designers of apps like Facebook, USA Today, Twitterrific, and many others.

With this book, you will:

  • Develop your ideas from initial concept to finished design
  • Build an effortless user experience that rewards every tap
  • Explore the secrets of designing for touch
  • Discover how and why people really use iPhone apps
  • Learn to use iPhone controls the Apple way
  • Create your own personality-packed visuals

Josh Clark is a designer, developer, and author specializing in iPhone user experience. His company Global Moxie offers workshops and consulting services to help creative companies build tapworthy iPhone apps and effective websites. Josh is also author of Best iPhone Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders and the book's popular companion site at He's also the creator of Big Medium, friendly software that actually makes it fun to manage a Web site. You can find Josh on the web at and on Twitter at @globalmoxie.

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