June 27

Creating folders in iOS4

You know that it’s possible to put your applications into folders with Apple’s iOS4 … but you can’t remember how. Or (less likely) you’ve not seen a step-by-step set of instructions.

Given that folder creation is a task that we won’t do everyday — and given that it is non-intuitive (IMO) — I’ve put together a step-by-step. Adding apps to an existing folder? Simple drag-and-drop while in “edit” mode. Creating a new folder? Read on …

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August 19

Designing For Mobile Devices

Designing for the small screen is as much of a challenge as that faced by designers during the height of the browser wars (and the subsequent flouting of HTML and XHTML “standards” by the browser with the greatest market share).

At Seattle MindCamp last year (the day after the iPhone was introduced), I asked a group of developers why this design space felt like the Wild Wild West. Their answers varied but centered around the lack of hardware and software standards. There was the additional problem that many handheld devices sent info to the webserver saying that they were something that they were not.

Enter the Newspaper Association of America Guide for Mobile Newspaper Sites. Although the guide is focused on newspaper websites, there are tips for anyone thinking about their mobile visitors. The guide, Moving to Mobile, includes sections on content creation and revenue models as well as information about podcasts. There are four case studies: The Cincinnati Enquirer, The New York Times, Reuters and TBO.com (Tampa Bay Tribune). And the authors understand that not all “mobile” is a cellphone. (tip)

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