Today, mobile feels a lot like the wild west – filled with the frenetic energy of unbound optimism. Yet all too often, the review mirror effect is at play. Instead of embracing the spirit of invention, too often people try to recreate the desktop computing experience on a mobile device. Humans have two legs – making us inherently mobile beings. Yet for the last 50 years, we’ve all settled into a computing landscape that assumes a static context of use.

The most exciting aspect of mobile user experience is that it is offering us the opportunity to invent new and more human ways for people to interact with information.

Invention and exploration of a new and unsettled landscape can be daunting proposition for designers and developers working in time and resource constrained environments. Where do you look? In this talk, Rachel will cover three emergent mobile UX themes that will become important to mobile computing in the years to come. They are:

  • Shapeshifting: Advice for how to think about and create experiences that span and scale across multiple devices.
  • A Brave NUI World: Defining differences between graphical user interfaces and the emergent world of mobile natural user interfaces as well as advice for traversing the NUI/GUI chasm.
  • Comfortable Computing: How the proliferation of mobile devices like tablets is ushering in an age of computing that is less about efficiency and tasks, and more about providing people with a sense of comfort and connection.