Friday, May 20, 2011
For those few who have forgotten to remove me from your feed list, the absence has been totally worth it. Writing (half of) a 460 page book on mobile design was very interesting, and hopefully will be something important and helpful to you all. Buy a copy when it comes out, presumably in a few months. Last year I was on a panel with, among other people, Luke Wroblewski. He was "defending" his then-new concept of mobile first. I was supposed to be the naysayer. But it takes me a while to warm up to people and be abrasive, harsh and disagreeable, so I ended up looking like I agreed with him. Everyone else did, so it was a rather boring panel. We're sorry it wasn't exciting. I did agree with the principles – which I'll get to eventually – but I didn't fully understand how much, or even really why I disagreed with the practice at the time. At the time, I thought I had a nice cynicism baked in, but in fact I'd worked in or with organizations that more or less bought into the concept of UX practitioners and let us do our jobs. Some encouraged it. Since then, I've had to leave that job, and as it turns out that whole world. Not the design world, but the happy design world. Before I go further, I should mention to anyone who works with me, you may or may not know what I am talking about. I have a day job which is separate from my freelance clients, who don't know each other. Though it probably decreases my ability to network and sell, I respect client wishes and do not generally even imply who I am working for. I also have friends, and keep track of former co-workers, and talk to others about their new jobs. And with the writing I have been very much keeping up on the world of mobile (and other interactive) design. So if this sounds like you, and you are offended, there's probably someone worse, or at least it's a composite. Don't get in a huff about it.