Rachel Hinman portrait

Mobile UX: From Principles to Prototypes

Rachel Hinman, Nokia | April 23, 2012 | 8:30 am - 5:30 pm

Rachel’s Full-Day Workshop Agenda


Discovering what makes mobile different

  • The unique mobile medium, including what it does well and not-so-well
  • What’s lost when you take a PC experience and just shrink it for mobile
  • How to differentiate a real business need for mobile from a ”nice to have”

Planning natural UI’s for mobile

  • Why mobile goes far beyond the desktop’s static context models
  • Real-world brainstorming techniques that focus on real users’ problems
  • How to translate a website into a content-driven experience for mobile


Storyboarding the user experience

  • What methods and tools will help you figure out if you’re on the right track
  • How to create storyboards for mobile and discuss them with teams
  • That abundance in storyboard planning brings clarity to user experiences

Digging into prototyping

  • Techniques to sketch user flows right on the phone without writing code
  • Which user experiences you can demonstrate with Keynote or Powerpoint
  • Strategies to simplify interactions to work on multiple platforms

Learn Mobile Now

Understanding the unique features of mobile is the first step to creating intuitive user experiences that make the most
of the medium.

Adapt Your UX Thinking

You get the web, but mobile design requires a new kind of UX thinking. See how to use storyboards and paper prototypes to plan mobile experiences.

Discuss Early and Often

Strategic mobile design requires varied perspectives and cross-team input. Get meaningful feedback using experimental techniques that refine your UX designs.

Mobile UX Storyboarding and Prototyping

If you’ve dabbled in mobile design, then you probably already see its massive UX potential. But before you can capitalize on those opportunities and avoid common pitfalls, you’ll need to learn the three principles that make mobile different. And, fortunately, Rachel’s the best teacher around!

Under her expert lead, you’ll find out how to translate traditional web experiences into intuitive mobile interfaces. In fact, Rachel’s in-the-field exercises will get you collaborating and brainstorming on this effort with workshop peers and potential users alike.

Then, you’ll create low-fidelity storyboards and prototypes that solve real problems. By using simple tools from paper and pencil to standard software like Powerpoint, you’ll be poised to capture your UX thinking in simple ways that don’t require a smidge of code.

Finally, intuitive mobile interfaces are tough to plan in a black box. So, to solicit feedback for refining and improving your mobile UX designs, Rachel will explain how to pitch your storyboards and prototypes to the users and stakeholders whose approval is vital to
your success.

You’ll learn how to:

  • Take advantage of the three design principles that make mobile different.
  • Adapt your UX thinking to a fast-moving space where technology changes daily.
  • Create lightweight prototypes, from wireframes to sketches.
  • Prototype on the device itself so you can see and experience your designs.
  • Achieve good designs faster with strategic UX planning and active collaboration.
  • Start leading teams to make their next mobile designs more effective.

Rachel Hinman, Mobile UX Scientist

Rachel Hinman portrait

Perhaps you’ve heard of Rachel Hinman from her “90 Mobiles in 90 Days Project,” or from one of the WIRED or BusinessWeek articles featuring her leading mobile UX research. Or maybe you’ve got your eye on her forthcoming book, The Mobile Frontier: A Guide to Creating Mobile User Experience, from Rosenfeld Media.

But if you haven’t yet had the pleasure of being privy to Rachel’s extraordinary cultural and strategic user experience teachings, then congratulations! You’re about to see a whole new world in your
little ol’ phone!

Rachel currently is a Senior Research Scientist at the Nokia Research Center in Palo Alto, where she focuses on experimental mobile interfaces and experiences in emerging markets across the globe. Her past work with Adaptive Path and Yahoo! also influenced users all around the world, and we know her pragmatic techniques for designing intuitive mobile UI’s will strike a powerful chord
with you, too.