Mobile Design Pattern Gallery by Theresa Neil, O'Reilly

This book is weird, I’ve to tell you. I was expecting a book with some examples and some text. Well, I ended up with a book that, at the first sight, seems more a book for kids rather than a professional book since is 90% images.

The book is clearly organized, each chapter covering one specific aspect.

  • Navigation
  • Forms
  • Tables
  • Search, sorting and filters
  • Tools
  • Charts
  • Invitations
  • Feedback & Affordance
  • Help
  • Anti-patterns

After a little while, I learned how to learn (a lot of) good patterns and bad patterns (anti-patterns) from this book. The downside of the approach the author kept is that all the arguments are not deeply analysed, while the main information are given. For each topic, Neil shows some patterns pointing out for each one a good use of it and the possible risks using it. The last chapter (the one about the anti-patterns) is, in my opinion, the most useful. Here some anti-patterns are analysed pointing out why they are anti-patterns and how to improve them.

The only problem I’ve seen in some points is the phenomenon in which sometimes the image is one page and the caption in another and this is annoying.

I rate this book 710 since I liked it but I hoped to see a little bit more theory. I think it would be enough adding ~1 page for each chapter of theory to reach a higher grade.

Disclaimer: I received a free electronic copy of this book as part of the O’Reilly Blogger Program