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A Detailed Look at Designing Mobile Input

Luke Wroblewski, LukeW Ideation + Design | April 25, 2012 | 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Luke’s Full-Day Workshop Agenda


Deciding how to design for mobile data input

  • Why the web experience is a big deal on mobile
  • How traditional Web form designs influence our thinking
  • The unique capabilities and constraints of the mobile web vs. native apps

Understanding how to ask questions of users

  • How to optimize mobile layout forms for a multitude of devices
  • The characteristics of sequential, non-linear, and in-context form structures
  • Specific fields that can hinder users from completing their objectives


Designing for users to answer questions

  • Which standard input types make for fast, easy, and error tolerant designs
  • What formats, requirements, and validations actually help users input data
  • When smart defaults work well, particularly for mobile’s small screen size

Using mobile’s native features as inputs

  • Why you need to shift your thinking away from traditional web forms
  • Ways to take advantage of the microphone and camera as inputs
  • How you can use location, orientation, and touch as intuitive inputs

Learn to Love Mobile

You’ll create innovative, intuitive forms on mobile once you learn its constraints and opportunities. Get ready to become a more tactical designer!

Make Detailed Design Decisions

You’re already designing web forms. Now learn how they work on mobile, from native controls and smart defaults to inherent capabilities per device.

Expand Your Influence

Get the data that will persuade your team to prioritize mobile forms and you’ll gain confidence that you can design effective inputs beyond the web.

A Detailed Look at Designing Mobile Input

If you’re looking for a hands-on workshop that digs into mobile forms, then look no further; Luke is going to help you design innovative mobile forms that actually help users input data. And it all starts with his explanation of what makes mobile work.

He’ll then use case studies of typical form experiences—from registration to checkout—as illustrations on how to make mundane data input fun using features unique to mobile. You’ll start thinking about your phone’s camera and geo-location functionality in new ways, and that’s a great thing.

Luke will also describe how to structure your inputs to be as error tolerant as possible. You’ll get your hands dirty by digging into input components, masks, and validations that can make or break whether users complete their objectives.

After several anecdotes and hands-on exercises, Luke will guide you through a process of prioritizing which elements to include in your designs. Under his lead, you’ll make your core business work on mobile so you—and your boss, team, and users—will see smart mobile design in-action.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Identify innovative new ways to get data using the native capabilities of mobile.
  • Balance standard input types with the new set of inputs that mobile affords.
  • Set up the formats, requirements, and automatic validation of input fields.
  • Design memorable input experiences using A/V, location, and sensory features.
  • Use in-context validations to help users achieve their objectives more easily.
  • Prioritize effective mobile forms that don’t just reproduce the web’s UX.

Luke Wroblewski, Mobile Input Wiz

Luke Wroblewski portrait

Luke Wroblewski may need no introduction since he’s the most well-respected, active, and gracious mobile designer on Earth, but we’ll do one anyway.

In his sought-after and consistently sold-out workshops, Luke champions the notion of “mobile design first” to attendees hungry for his domain expertise. He even used this approach to launch his own startup, Bagcheck. (Twitter acquired Bagcheck nine months later.)

Luke is the author of the popular Mobile First, which includes topics you’ll learn in this workshop. He also wrote Web Form Design and Site-Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web Usability, both focusing on the intersection of product and customer experiences across media.

Past attendees rate Luke as a top speaker; they appreciate his frank perspectives on everything from global trends in mobile to detailed implementation techniques. So prepare yourself to hear an informed, balanced approach to designing for mobile from the best teacher in our industry.