Mobile UX Resources: 12 podcasts from UX experts focusing on mobile design

Jared Spool

December 23rd, 2012

Are you familiar with the 12 days of Christmas? Well we’re twisting it and offering 12 days of mobile podcasts from today’s mobile UX leaders. They’re so good you may not want to do just one a day. Play the podcast on your computer or download the files and listen at your convenience. And feel free to share them with others.

Navigating the Mobile Landscape
Luke Wroblewski

Luke WroblewskiMobile is the “hot topic” these days. It’s increasingly at the front of designers’ minds. In a world where the power and capabilities of the device in your pocket are so great, the possibilities become somewhat astounding. The mobile landscape is changing so rapidly that it makes developing a formal strategy to “figure mobile out” all but impossible. Luke discusses how taking advantage of the market as it is today and the capabilities of these devices can lead to the refinement and evolution of your product.

Listen to Luke’s podcast.

Mapping the User Experience
Chris Risdon

Chris RisdonIn the current multi-device, interconnected landscape, a user can interact with your product or service from a variety of touchpoints. At each, you must address the user’s needs at a particular place and time. Those needs will be determined by where they are in the experience.

Listen to Chris’s podcast.

Mobile-first Responsive Design
Jason Grigsby

Jason GrigsbySpeed and performance are a critical aspect of mobile design. Using media queries to design your site responsively is a great way to ensure proper display on mobile devices. But just shrinking a desktop site to work on a mobile device can affect performance.

Listen to Jason’s podcast.

Designing Multi-Device User Experiences
Luke Wroblewski

Luke WroblewskiContext is an important consideration in designing a mobile experience. As new devices enter the market, designers have to contend with new form factors and consider things such as ergonomics. Even things such as Apple’s retina displays affect approaches to design.

Listen to Luke’s podcast.

Content Strategy for Mobile
Karen McGrane

Karen McGraneYour content is visible practically everywhere. Content strategists need to structure content to allow for viewing on an array of devices. What does that mean for your content management system? And what do you need to build into your content to make it flexible and adaptable?

Listen to Karen’s podcast.

Buttons are a Hack
Josh Clark

Josh ClarkTouchscreen devices give you the ability to directly manipulate content. This allows designers to create interfaces where the content itself is the control. This lessens the need for buttons and can reduce the level of complexity within your design. The problem is making the user aware of the availability of gestures in your design. Gestures, especially multi-touch gestures, are powerful control mechanisms but useless if the users aren’t aware of them.

Listen to Josh’s podcast.

Adapting Your Designs with Progressive Enhancement
Aaron Gustafson

Aaron GustafsonIt’s difficult to predict how users will access your designs and your content. More and more, people are connecting to the internet through some sort of mobile device. Using the latest advances in HTML and CSS can leave aspects of your site incompatible with some browsers. How do you ensure that you’re providing a good experience to your users over a broad spectrum of scenarios?

Listen to Aaron’s podcast.

Innovative Mobile Intranet Design
James Robertson

James RobertsonWith mobile, you simply can’t have as much content on your pages as you do on the desktop. Intranet access within enterprises is crucial and accessing it with mobile devices is beneficial. However, the vast amount of pages and content is cumbersome and impractical for a mobile setting. James Robertson asks, what are the few essential things users need while they are away from their desks?

Listen to Jeff’s podcast.

Creating Great Mobile User Experiences
Rachel Hinman

Rachel HinmanMobile is greatly influencing the user experience community. It’s challenging traditional approaches to design, but also bringing with it a host of new opportunities. Being a user experience practitioner in this changing environment is a bit scary. Yet coupling existing skill sets with the constraints of designing in the mobile space makes for an exciting world full of possibility.

Listen to Rachel’s podcast.

Examining Mobile User Input
Luke Wroblewski

Luke WroblewskiTouch screen devices are commonplace. It’s now expected that your mobile experience work as well as, if not better than, your desktop experience. With faster connection speeds, cameras, GPS, gyroscopes, and accelerometers, we can deliver information to users in new ways. But we can also receive information from them as well.

Listen to Luke’s podcast.

Discoverability in Designing for Touch
Josh Clark

Josh ClarkWhile the traditional “mouse and cursor” interfaces are still in use, many of us are becoming familiar with touch-based interactions. The power and capabilities of mobile and tablet devices is growing. Often, these devices are the more convenient alternative for users to access your content. But beyond accessing your information, how are they interacting with your design?

Listen to Josh’s podcast.

Beyond Channels: Context Is King – A 2012 IA Summit Podcast
Emily Wengert

Emily WengertWhen smartphones and tablets first emerged, designers focused on channel differences like screen size in order to understand the basics in this new area. It’s time to set aside channel-centric planning and think of a user’s context first.

Listen to Emily’s podcast.

Looking to enhance your mobile UX design skill set?

Choose from six daylong mobile design workshops. You also attend a day of 90-minute talks. All at the UX Immersion Mobile Conference in Seattle, WA, April 22-24. Explore the conference topics at

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