Media Queries A “Comprehensive” Guide to Mobile Statistics « Cloud Four A “Comprehensive” Guide to Mobile Statistics Table of Contents Introduction At least once a week, I see people arguing over mobile statistics. The arguments go something like this: iPhone fan: Apple is totally kicking ass. Typically, the people arguing aren’t even talking about the same thing. There are two things you need to know in order to effectively use statistics on mobile: What statistics are available and where to find them.What question about mobile that you’re seeking to answer. Until you understand these two things, you can’t use mobile stats to inform your decisions. How the sources were selected When you have the audacity to call something a “comprehensive guide,” you know the moment you hit the publish button that someone is going to point out something you’ve missed. My bias is for finding free or inexpensive sources of data. Types of Statistics Available Sales market share Sales market share is the most common statistic used to track the current trends in the mobile market.
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New Study Shows the Mobile Web Will Rule by 2015 [STATS] In a dense, 87-page report, Morgan Stanley analysts have charted the most important online trends and predicted the future of the Internet. In addition to forecasting more online shopping and showing the geographical distribution of Internet users, the study also shows a dramatic shift toward mobile web use. Including devices such as the Kindle, the iPhone and other smartphones, web-enabled tablets, GPS systems, video games and wireless home appliances, the growth of the mobile web has been exponential — and we're still just at the beginning of this cycle. The mobile wealth creation/destruction cycle is in its earliest stages. And speaking of coverage, global 3G penetration is expected to hit 21% this year. Finally, mobile e-commerce is ramping up faster than online e-commerce, now making up 4% of total retail sales. Notes on the Social Web Social network use has already eclipsed e-mail use. In the past three years, two sites have gained a huge amount of mindshare around the world.
Free PSDs & Resources for Web Designers by Orman Clark Luke Wroblewski – Designing Mobile Web Experiences Podcast: Play in new window | Download (Duration: 28:32 — 15.1MB) The surge in mobile technology is incredible. Manufacturers ship over a million touchscreen phones every day. These devices allow people to interact with the web in new ways. Luke Wroblewski, the former Chief Design Architect for Yahoo! Here’s an excerpt from the podcast. “… I think we’re still really in the beginning stages of this stuff. Tune in to the podcast to hear Luke cover these additional points: How does direct manipulation affect user interaction? Luke is also one of the Masters joining us for the 2011 Web App Masters Tour. UIE Web App Masters Tour: Get $100 off the Minneapolis Masters Tour with the promotion code BLOG.
Enabling IT Applications on Mobile Devices The usability role today is strongly affected by the proliferation of and interest in mobile devices. Every day the demand for mobile devices and applications grows; predictions indicate that within five years, access to the Internet via mobile devices will outpace that of desktop PCs. Companies are responding to (and helping drive) interest in mobile by allocating the resources and funding necessary to create some truly innovative solutions for their customers. But these same companies may find they are behind the times when it comes to mobile-enabling their internal applications. There are significant benefits for staff members who can leverage smartphones and tablets in their day-to-day work, which can translate into real business value for organizations. Challenges Unique to IT Applications Going Mobile The challenges of standard mobile design and development processes are compounded for IT. The Role of the Usability Practitioner Informing a mobile device support strategy Conclusion
Design the Retro Futurism Photo Manipulation ‘Cosmic Rocker’ Design the Retro Futurism Photo Manipulation ‘Cosmic Rocker’ Final Image Here is a preview of the image that we are going to be creating: Step 1 Create a new document (1100X1000px). Step 2 Now paste in the nebula texture from the resources for this tutorial. Now reduce this layer’s opacity to 55% and apply a layer mask. Apply a levels adjustment layer. Levels Adjustment Layer Settings: Paste your guitarist photo into the left half of your canvas, and apply a levels adjustmenet layer. Now apply a layer mask. Luckily the background behind his hair is already looking good against our main background, so doesn’t require much masking. Step 3 The cable coming from the guitar is actually distracting away from the composition as a whole. Zoom in on your guitar, and ensure your guitarist layer is selected. Step 4 We want to soften the background. Then use a large, soft paintbrush and brush some over areas at the top right of your background. Step 5 Create a new layer called ‘clouds ripple’. Step 6 Step 7
Should mobiles and tablets influence your web design? If designers thought they had it bad having to deal with multiple browsers, the past several years have made it clear: IE6 is a walk in the park. Today, thanks to the rise of smart phones and tablets, designers are tasked with designing across a wide range of devices, many with different form factors, platform capabilities and hardware profiles. The future is mobile, so not surprisingly, when it comes to building sites designed for mobile and tablet devices, many companies think of their web experience and mobile/tablet experience as separate entities. That can be painful and costly, but a result of this could be that companies gain insights that allow them to improve the experiences they create for their users and customers. Scrivens went on to suggest that the simple, cleaner HTML5 version of the FT website served up to smart phone and tablet users is the likely cause of the pageview disparity: On the HTML5 version you are guided down the content gently. Wither complex grid layouts?
DIY Wrap Bracelet You should all know by now that we are all about stacking bracelets on our wrists. The more, the better. In fact . . . the most, the best! With that being said, we’ll show you how to master a version of the ever so popular wrap bracelet. It’s so simple and addicting, you’ll soon be churning out these wristlets with your eyes closed. You’ll need (for a double wrapped bracelet) :* Lengths will vary depending on the size of your wrist (see comments for suggestions). Fold the length of leather cording in half to form a loop. Place the ball chain along the leather cording with the end of the chain meeting the end of the wrap. Continue wrapping while checking it for fit around the wrist. When you have reached the end of the ball chain wrap the linen cording around the leather strands 2-3 more times. Thread the hex nut through the strands and tie a second knot. Trim with scissors and your wrap bracelet is finished!! The materials are listed for a double wrap bracelet. It’s a party!