Mobile First Design

July 17th, 2014


About the Author: Dan

I’m Dan Smart, a 38 year old website developer, based in Swansea, UK. I have worked in the software development industry for over 15 years, with experience in web development, mobile handset development, and mobile networks. I work both on websites and web applications with systems such as Wordpress, Laravel, Backbone, Angular.js, node.js and mobile app development with PhoneGap, iOS, and Android. When I’m not developing websites and software, I am a keen runner, involved with mime performance group Innovo Physical Theatre, and also actively involved in my local church.

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Some useful findings from the UK Government mobile site for ‘Register to Vote’.

Summary:

  1. Designing mobile first makes it easier to design your main desktop site by reducing the amount of information down to the key elements
  2. Sometimes more clicks (e.g. through a multipage form) isn’t bad – it made their forms easier to understand, and easier for the user to track errors on.
  3. By removing the help completely, through their testing they discovered what users needed help on, rather than overcomplicating the display with help on areas that were obvious to the user.
  4. Rephrasing text is often a better way to manage copy, rather than adding additional text (which can overcomplicate the display again).

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