|Introduction to Mobile Design Guideline|
Mobile workers have different needs and priorities than their colleagues who remain in one location throughout the day. Some characteristic activities of mobile users include completing tasks in short spurts, moving from place to place, and being frequently distracted by changes in the physical environment.
For example, let's take a look at a person completing an online form while waiting for a train. When the train arrives, this person must negotiate the crowd. As the train doors open, she gets a call from her dentist confirming an upcoming appointment. By the time she enters the train and finds a seat, she may have forgotten her place in the form completion process. Therefore, tasks need to be succinct, easily recoverable, and fast. Tasks must take less than a few minutes to complete.
At their core, mobile devices are about connecting people. Collaboration and communication are central to the mobile experience. Integrating Short Message Service (SMS), Multimedia Message Service (MMS), instant messaging (IM), email, and phone calls into the application can make task completion more efficient. For example, when regional sales managers are reviewing results by store location, they may scroll to a specific store and call the store manager by tapping the phone number on the screen. Mobile application design provides unique opportunities to leverage built-in communication functionality.
If mobile applications are not well designed, users will not use them. The following design principles are fundamental to maximizing the adoption of Oracle’s next generation of mobile solutions.
|10 Mobile Design Principles|