I’ve done a fair bit of reading about responsive design in the past, and I’ve designed and built for mobile before too, so I already knew the basics.

If you know nothing at all about responsive design, The Mobile Book gives you a strong foundation. For those of you with a bit more experience, you might learn a few things you didn’t know.

This book is broken up into 3 main sections:

  1. The Mobile Landscape
  2. Responsive Web Design
  3. UX Design for Mobile

Brief overview

The Mobile Book Landscape

The book begins with a chapter about the current state of mobile web design written by Peter-Paul Koch. He looks at the history of mobile browsers, mobile phones and how the mobile revolution came to be.

Stephanie Reiger gives some valuable insights into the future of mobile web design. She explores the idea that one day everything will be connected and looks into the emerging technology that will shape the future of the mobile web.

That being said, it was good to get some background theory on the mobile design space, now and in the future.

Responsive Web Design

Trent Walton looks into Responsive Design Strategy for the first chapter of this section covering flexible grids and images, media queries and breakpoints, responsive design layouts and fluid typography.

Brad Frost follows this with Responsive Design Patterns, concentrating on different responsive layouts, content hierarchy, icons, navigation, forms, tables and more.

Dave Olsen explores optimising for mobile websites. This was one of my favourite chapters as it’s all about trimming the fat from your website and includes some very clever techniques to: reduce page weight, reduce the number of server requests and to improve JavaScript performance.

UX Design for Mobile

Denis Kardys and Josh Clark  explore the challenges that can’t be solved using code. The emergence of the mobile web has rendered much of our current thoughts on web design to be obsolete, we need to re-think the way we go about designing for this new medium.

It’s great to have all of the latest mobile design ideas and techniques organised into one little book.