Mobile Interaction Design

Matt Jones, Gary Marsden

Publisher Wiley
ISBN 978-0-470-09089-3
RRP £29.99
Reviewed by Patrick Purcell FBCS
Score 8 out of 10

MobileInteraction In a period when the term 'mobile' may characterise a life style, a network technology, or compact hand-held communication devices, this book offers a salutary caveat to the chronicle of current dynamism and development of the industry.

The book 'Mobile Interaction Design' asserts the need to focus more design effort and resources on enhancing the quality of user experience when interacting with mobile systems and in general, to cater more effectively for the everyday communication needs of users. In effect, to invest in the human factors of mobile communication as much as goes into technological advances.

As you would expect from a substantial academic publication, the book delivers its content in an ordered pedagogic template structure in three major parts around a core 'Developing Effective Mobile Applications'. Each part contain a cluster of constituent chapters, each adhering to a set pattern: key points, summaries, workshop questions et al.

The layout of the standard chapter templates and the associated set of  detailed PowerPoint presentation slides held on the publisher's website are both effective in conveying the salutary and constructive message of the book’s design philosophy and methodology.

'Mobile Interaction Design' recognises that in today's operational climate, compact mobile device technology caters equally for both human/human interaction and the interaction between human users and their ambient digital information environments. The current diversity of these environments (text, audio, graphics, video et al) is given adequate space for presentation and discussion.

While the primary raison d'etre of 'Mobile Interaction Design' is supporting academic education, the book will make interesting, even cautionary, reading for anyone who is involved in either research or design development in the area of mobile interactive devices.

This is a timely, well conceived and extensive treatment of a subject both relevant and topical in the context of current developments in mobile technology.

I find the significance of the cover design of the book to be unclear.

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