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Josh Clark is a designer specializing in mobile design strategy and user experience. He's the author of Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps and Best iPhone Apps, and he's a regular speaker at international design conferences including SXSW, Webstock, Future of Web Design, and many others. Josh's outfit Global Moxie offers consulting services and workshops to help media companies, design agencies, and creative companies build tapworthy mobile apps and effective websites.
Before the interwebs swallowed him up, Josh worked on a slew of national PBS programs at Boston's WGBH. He shared his three words of Russian with Mikhail Gorbachev, strolled the ranch with Nancy Reagan, hobnobbed with Rockefellers, and wrote trivia questions for a primetime game show. In 1996, he created the uberpopular "Couch-to-5K" (C25K) running program, which has helped millions of skeptical would-be exercisers take up jogging. (His motto is the same for fitness as it is for user experience: no pain, no pain.)
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Tapworthy: Designing iPhone Interfaces for Delight and Usability
Webcast - Best iPhone Apps: The Must-Have Downloads
Webcast - Tapworthy: Designing iPhone Interfaces for Delight and Usability
"I rate this book as a must read for any iPhone developer or prospective developer."
"...a very readable guide with specific dos and donts to follow in designing your iPhone app interface. The tips, along with the long but readable discussion on the principles behind those tips, are general enough that even game developers will find them useful."
"...if you want to make usable apps, it's worth a read. "
"From what I've scan-read so far, it's a brilliant book; incredibly detailed and well-researched. I normally cringe at this type of book, but as I'm scanning through I'm finding myself nodding my head sagely at everything; it's like you are in our minds as we are designing stuff!
"In true Missing Manual fashion, Clark has put together a book that is both detailed and in-depth, yet easily readable...If you buy it and read it, then use it as a great reference tool, your own productivity will skyrocket. "
"If youre thinking of making money off an iPhone or iPad app, there are lots of things you may not have thought of. Most of them are in this book. Whats great are the first person accounts from successful iPhone developers, such as Josh Williams, founder of Gowalla, a popular social networking site. "
"If you are about to embark upon designing your first commercial mobile app, stop what you're doing, buy this book, read it, and then proceed with your design efforts."
"Yes, this is a book of chapter, verse, example, and tightly-edited interviews with developers behind some of the biggest iPhone apps. But thats a disguise. Its really an awesome set of fresh, up-to-date and useful ways to think about how you design iPhone apps, smartphone apps, desktop apps, web apps, you name it. This is not your typical rehash conventional software interface best practices book. What Josh nails is a sea change in what people expect of software apps, especially mobile apps."
"Being a new owner of an iPhone, I was so impressed with this book. It offered me the knowledge I needed to get the most out of my phone. I highly recommend this book to anyone who is new to the iPhone or iPod Touch. The wealth of information contained in this one book is invaluable."
"This book is full of information but not too many pages. It is easy to thumb through and is quite entertaining even if you only have a few minutes to browse. It is descriptive and fun to read, sure to be a favorite for even discriminating readers."
"Best iPhone Apps is well written and provides an excellent summary of many of the best apps out there. It really condenses the App Store into a thoughtful display of the best of breed in many categories, and does it in a colorful book that you can read at your leisure."
"It is a quick read and a great resource for when you are looking for a certain type of application. I would put it on the top of my Christmas list for the person who has everything. "
"This book is perfect for a non-technical new iPhone or iPod Touch user who isn't quite sure where to begin.
"...a good guide to a new iPhone user or one who hasnt yet jumped into the App Store with both feet."
"I had a blast browsing through this full-color, 228-page book about the very best iPhone applications. "
"What I really liked about the book was that it turned me on to entire types of apps I hadn't thought about, and not just specific apps. I wound up looking some recommended apps up in the App Store and then finding a bunch of related apps I literally didn't know existed."
"With several several thousand applications now available, a guide like this is needed and welcome."
"...get a copy of iWork09 The Missing Manual if you are interested in digging into iWork and getting the most out of the software. Highly recommended. "
"A great help to sort through this iPhone app phenomena..."
"In all, I found this book easy to read, follow, and comprehend, especially the Numbers section...This is yet another book that Pogue Press and O'Reilly publications can add to their list of needful things for users. It's the type of user guide I would put together (if I were an expert in each software package of the suite). This book comes highly recommended. "
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