Mobile User Experience (UX) Design

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How this course will help your career

What you will learn

  • How to design mobile interfaces based on mobile usability best practices
  • How to use personas and task modelling to plan a mobile user experience
  • An understanding of how your UI choices will differ between operating platforms (e.g. iOS vs Android)
  • How to evaluate a mobile design and avoid bad mobile user experiences
  • How to implement a mobile UX design strategy

Mobile usage overtook that of desktop way back in 2014 according to Comscore; since then, the gap between devices has only widened, with the rise in mobile usage doubling the loss seen on desktop. This increase in mobile traffic has made mobile user experience one of the most important factors in the success of a product or website, and it means that the skills involved are absolutely essential for designers, marketers, and developers if they want to keep up with the times. This course will teach you how to do just that—design great mobile user interfaces, with an emphasis on mobile usability best practices.

When you want to start designing a great user experience on a mobile device, using common sense design approaches or simply learning by doing won’t be enough. With Google reporting that 61% of users unlikely to return to a mobile site they had trouble accessing and, even worse, 40% choosing to visit a competitor’s site instead, such uneducated approaches could prove disastrous for your product or website. A user’s comprehension is 50% less on a mobile device, which means that content, navigation, and visual design elements must be twice as intuitive as they are on a desktop. With hard facts like that, you must constantly keep in mind the point that little screens mean very little room for error. Designing for mobile means taking the rough of the risk with the smooth of the sheer profit potential, and your need to learn the skills involved in creating an easy-to-use mobile user interface and, consequently, a great mobile user experience is nothing less than vital.

This course is built on evidence-based approaches as well as solid evidence distilled from decades of research and practice. Here, CEO of, Frank Spillers, who is a distinguished speaker, author, and internationally respected Senior Usability practitioner, will teach you what you need to know to stay one step ahead as you venture into this exciting, cutting-edge and lucrative field.

Gain an industry-trusted UX Course Certificate

You earn a verifiable and industry-trusted Course Certificate once you complete the course. You can highlight them on your resume, CV, LinkedIn profile or your website.

Course Certificate

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Is this course right for you?

This is an intermediate-level course recommended for members from all related business functions of an organization:

  • UX, UI, and web designers who want to design products that deliver outstanding mobile experiences
  • Project managers keen on incorporating a focus on mobile experiences in the product development process
  • Software engineers interested in learning about the unique challenges when building for mobile
  • Entrepreneurs looking to create user-friendly mobile websites or apps that will beat the competition
  • Newcomers to design who are considering making a switch to UX design and have an interest in mobile UX

Courses in the Interaction Design Foundation are designed to contain comprehensive, evidence-based content, while ensuring that the learning curve is never too steep. All participants will have the opportunity to share ideas, seek help with tests, and enjoy the social aspects afforded by our open and friendly forum.

Learn and work with a global team of designers

You’ll join a global community and work together to improve your skills and career opportunities. Connect with helpful peers and make friends with like-minded individuals as you push deeper into the exciting and booming industry of design.

Lessons in this course

  • Lessons become available at a schedule of one lesson per week.
  • Lessons remain open for you forever and have no deadlines.
  • There is no time limit to finish a course.
  • You have permanent access to your course material, answers, and classmates for the entire duration of your membership.
  • Estimated time to complete: 10 hours 30 mins spread over 5 weeks.

Lesson 0: Welcome and Introduction

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 39 mins.

  • 0.1: An introduction to IDF courses (14 mins)
  • 0.2: Let our community help you (1 min)
  • 0.3: How to earn your Course Certificate (4 mins)
  • 0.4: Meet your peers online in our discussion forums (6 mins)
  • 0.5: Meet and learn from design professionals in your area (1 min)
  • 0.6: Gain Timeless Knowledge Through IDF Courses (10 mins)
  • 0.7: Mandatory lessons vs. Optional lessons (2 mins)
  • 0.8: A mix between video-based and text-based lesson content (2 mins)

Lesson 1: An Introduction to Mobile User Experience Design

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 32 mins.

  • 1.1: An Introduction to Mobile User Experience (2 mins)
  • 1.2: UX Design For Mobile: Introduction (4 mins)
  • 1.3: One Size Fits All? Definitely Not in Task-Oriented Design for Mobile & Ubiquitous UX (16 mins)
  • 1.4: Responsive vs. Adaptive Design (18 mins)
  • 1.5: Responsive Design – Let the Device Do the Work (7 mins)
  • 1.6: Adaptive vs. Responsive Design (11 mins)
  • 1.7: The Context of Mobile Usage – The Big Picture (7 mins)
  • 1.8: Making Use of the Crowd – Social Proof and the User Experience (7 mins)
  • 1.9: Don’t Build It, Fake It First – Prototyping for Mobile Apps (12 mins)
  • 1.10: Discussion Exercise (6 mins)
  • 1.11: Lesson Recap – An Introduction to Mobile UX (1 min)

Lesson 2: The Elements of Mobile UX

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 33 mins.

  • 2.1: The Elements of Mobile User Experience (2 mins)
  • 2.2: A User-Centred Approach to Mobile Design and a 5 Stage Process for You to Use (8 mins)
  • 2.3: Mobile First and the Power of Mobile Computing (11 mins)
  • 2.4: Reports of Content’s Demise May Have Been Exaggerated – Content is King for Mobile Too (6 mins)
  • 2.5: Functionality and Mobile Design – Don’t Shrink the Screen, Focus on the Tasks (8 mins)
  • 2.6: Micro-moments: Are you designing for them? (11 mins)
  • 2.7: The Heart of the Matter, Information Architecture in the Mobile Age (6 mins)
  • 2.8: Getting into the Mobile App User’s Mind – User Research for Mobile Applications (7 mins)
  • 2.9: Mobile Usability Research – The Important Differences from the Desktop (7 mins)
  • 2.10: Remote Research Methods for Mobile Applications (6 mins)
  • 2.11: If Your User Can’t Find You, You Won’t Have Any Users – Mobile Applications and Discoverability (8 mins)
  • 2.12: Getting Your App into the Hands of Millions – Marketing for Mobile Apps (7 mins)
  • 2.13: Discussion Exercise (6 mins)
  • 2.14: Round Up – The Elements of Mobile UX (1 min)

Lesson 3: Fit the task

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 2 hours 53 mins.

  • 3.1: Design That Fits the Task (2 mins)
  • 3.2: Goals of Mobile UX (22 mins)
  • 3.3: Designing for the Mobile Environment – Some Simple Guidelines (6 mins)
  • 3.4: Using Mobile Apps – The One Thumb, One Eyeball Test for Good Mobile Design (6 mins)
  • 3.5: My Head Hurts! Cognitive Friction in the Age of Mobile (11 mins)
  • 3.6: Mobile UX Issues (15 mins)
  • 3.7: Understand Your Users (15 mins)
  • 3.8: It Ain’t What You Do, It’s the Way That You Do It – Mobile App Usability Best Practices (6 mins)
  • 3.9: User Personas for Mobile Design and Development (7 mins)
  • 3.10: Persona: Toward Best Practice (28 mins)
  • 3.11: Creating Lust, Desirability and the Mobile User Experience (7 mins)
  • 3.12: Key Question in User Experience Design – Usability vs Desirability (7 mins)
  • 3.13: Before You Start Designing – It’s Time to Get Out of the Building (7 mins)
  • 3.14: A Very Useful Work of Fiction – Mental Models in Design (7 mins)
  • 3.15: We Think Therefore It Is – Conceptual Modelling for Mobile Applications (6 mins)
  • 3.16: How to improve your UX designs with Task Analysis (11 mins)
  • 3.17: Discussion Exercise (6 mins)
  • 3.18: Lesson Recap – Design That Fits the Task (1 min)

Lesson 4: Fitting the UI style guide

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 2 hours 36 mins.

  • 4.1: The UI Style Guide for Mobile (2 mins)
  • 4.2: Smartphone vs. Tablet (18 mins)
  • 4.3: What You Need to Know About Smartphones vs. Tablet use of the Mobile Internet (6 mins)
  • 4.4: Mobile Comprehension – Do Smartphones Make Us Stupid? (6 mins)
  • 4.5: Visualization (25 mins)
  • 4.6: Skeuomorphism is dead, long live skeuomorphism (6 mins)
  • 4.7: Don’t Make Me Think – Key Learning Points for UX Design for the Web (6 mins)
  • 4.8: Make it Easy on the User: Designing for Discoverability within Mobile Apps (6 mins)
  • 4.9: Augmented Reality – The Past, The Present and The Future (7 mins)
  • 4.10: New UI Patterns (21 mins)
  • 4.11: Discussion Exercise (6 mins)
  • 4.12: Mobile UX Lifecycle (18 mins)
  • 4.13: Native vs Hybrid vs Responsive: What app flavour is best for you? (6 mins)
  • 4.14: Mobile UX Design Checklist (23 mins)
  • 4.15: Lesson Roundup – The UI Style Guide for Mobile (1 min)

Lesson 5: UI mobile components and patterns

To be scheduled. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 17 mins.

  • 5.1: UI for Mobile – Components and Patterns (1 min)
  • 5.2: The Anatomy of a Smartphone – Things for Designers to Consider for Mobile Development (7 mins)
  • 5.3: The Rumble in the Board Room – Mobile Splash Screens What Clients Want and What They Should Get (5 mins)
  • 5.4: User Input and the Mobile User Experience – We’re All Thumbs Now or Maybe Not (6 mins)
  • 5.5: Tell Me About Me – User Profiles for Mobile Applications (6 mins)
  • 5.6: Getting Lost and Found – Maps and the Mobile User Experience (4 mins)
  • 5.7: Help! I need some help! Not just any help… Help in mobile applications (6 mins)
  • 5.8: Navigating the Maze of Mobile Apps – Design for Mobile App Search (11 mins)
  • 5.9: Evaluating Your Design (18 mins)
  • 5.10: Discussion Forum (5 mins)
  • 5.11: Lesson Roundup – UI for Mobile – Components and Patterns (1 min)
  • 5.12: Course Summary (6 mins)

Lesson 6: Course Certificate, Final Networking, and Course Wrap-up

To be scheduled.

  • 6.1: Course Evaluation (1 min)

Learning paths

This course is part of 4 learning paths:

  • UX Designer
    UX Designer
  • Interaction Designer
    Interaction Designer
  • UI Designer
    UI Designer
  • Front-End Developer
    Front-End Developer
  • How others have benefited

    Hemant Panchabhai

    Hemant Panchabhai, India

    “The course covers all the major aspects of mobile user experience design. It has definitely equipped me with a great knowledge to build great mobile experiences. I would say this course is crucial if your users are mobile users.”

    Matthew Shenton

    Matthew Shenton, United Kingdom

    “Great content, I loved how much the instructor sets practical design tasks for you to do. I also loved the feedback on open question answers.”

    Jennifer Steiner-Kotch

    Jennifer Steiner-Kotch, United States

    “The overall organization of this course was great. I really liked the overview and wrap-up included in each module that introduced and summarized the information that was presented. The overall material was in-depth and very relevant to current trends and best practices.”

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    Frequently asked questions

    I missed the enrollment date and now the course is closed. Will I have any opportunity to take the course in the future?

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    Networking is a large part of our value proposition, so we want just the right number of people inside the courses. That is also why we display the "XX % percent booked" on our course icons.

    We’ll re-schedule the course and make it available for sign-up on in only about a week (or perhaps a little bit longer). The actual start date of the course will be a few weeks after sign-ups begin too. We’ve found that this is the best way to maximize flexibility and convenience for everyone, especially you as you put your course program together.

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    Please note: If you have a student membership, you can take a maximum of two courses at the same time. As a student, you can thus still take as many courses as you would like – free of extra charges – just as long as you finish them (or drop them) so that you don’t have more than three ongoing courses at the same time. Please note that if you drop a course, progress is not transferable between cycles. So, you'll have to redo the lessons and answers you already completed in the current cycle. 
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    Thus, once you are enrolled, you can take all the time you want to complete a given course. Every "classroom" in each course will never close, so you’ll have permanent access to your classmates and your course material (as well as your own answers).

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    We do this because it is much more efficient than doing one little step every day. It's part of our lean/agile work philosophy, and that approach to efficiency is one of the factors that keeps our membership prices so incredibly low.
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    Course certificates will be given to participants when they have scored more than 70% or more of the total course points. For example, if a course contains ten lessons each with ten questions, you will receive a course certificate when the instructor has awarded you at least 70 points (70% of the total course points).

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