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Mobile Web Design Anti-Patterns

Dave Shea

Mobile design is necessarily about embracing constraints, but sometimes we go too far. We strip down our content to a bare minimum in pursuit of misguided ideals about mobile context. We provide 'useful' mobile UI components that immediately proceed to get in a user's way. We make improper assumptions about a user's environment.

Let's place dozens of these mobile design anti-patterns under the microscope and talk about why they don't work, and what we should be doing instead.