The Mobile Drupal Experience

Design and UX

The world is going mobile. Whether on smart phones or tablets, wifi or 3G, more and more people are carrying the web around in their pockets, backpacks, briefcases, and purses.

Anyone who has browsed the internet on their phone, for example, knows the frustrations that often arise from websites that were never intended for the small, or more specifically the touch, screen.

This session will explore not only some basic mobile design considerations, but also ways to infuse the mobile world with the power of Drupal.

Session Topics
Topics will include (but are not limited to):

  • The Mobile World
    • Wifi, Edge, 3G, 4G, and why we care.
    • An overview of device types and specifications
    • The blurring boundaries between Mobile Websites, Web Apps, and Native Apps
    • The good, the bad, and the ugly (real world examples)
  • Design Considerations
    • Targeting your mobile audience
    • Best practices for design and images on the mobile web
    • Designing for multiple devices
  • Drupal Mobile Integration (with examples)
    • Modules
      • MobileTools
      • Services
    • Libraries / APIs
      • Sencha Touch
      • jQTouch
      • jQuery Mobile
      • PhoneGap

About the Presenters
This session is presented by Déja Augustine (Software Architect) and Lisa Howey (Designer) of EchoDitto, a leading digital strategy and technology team that has planned, developed, and launched more than 70 Drupal-based websites since 2004.

Intended audience: 

While this presentation will focus primarily on the user experience of the mobile web, that experience is shaped by the work of designers, developers, and project managers involved in the process.

Questions answered by this session
Question 1: 
How does the mobile audience differ from the traditional web audience?
Question 2: 
How can the mobile version of your site provide a better experience than your full design in a mobile browser?
Question 3: 
Where are the boundaries between website, web app, hybrid app, and native app?
Question 4: 
What tools currently exist to make developing a mobile friendly site easier from both a Drupal (e.g. mobile themes, automatic theme switching, etc.) and a more general (e.g. testing mobile themes without owning every device on the market) standpoint?
Question 5: 
Without design an entire mobile experience, what are some ways to enhance a traditional website to make it more mobile friendly?
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