Josh Clark

Josh Clark

Creator and chronicler of humane software for creative people

  • @globalmoxie

Providence, Rhode Island

Areas of Expertise:

  • Mobile apps
  • Mobile design
  • Product design
  • Design strategy
  • iPhone
  • iPad
  • iOS
  • Android
  • Web apps
  • Design
  • Usability
  • Interface design
  • User experience
  • Tablets
  • consulting
  • speaking
  • training
  • writing

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.)

iWork: The Missing Manual iWork: The Missing Manual
by Josh Clark, Jessica Thornsby
March 2014
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $33.99

Tapworthy Tapworthy
by Josh Clark
June 2010
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $31.99

Word Processing in Pages '09: The Mini Missing Manual Word Processing in Pages '09: The Mini Missing Manual
by Josh Clark
February 2010
Ebook: $4.99

Layout in Pages '09: The Mini Missing Manual Layout in Pages '09: The Mini Missing Manual
by Josh Clark
February 2010
Ebook: $4.99

Sharing Keynote Slideshows: The Mini Missing Manual Sharing Keynote Slideshows: The Mini Missing Manual
by Josh Clark
February 2010
Ebook: $4.99

Creating Keynote Slideshows: The Mini Missing Manual Creating Keynote Slideshows: The Mini Missing Manual
by Josh Clark
February 2010
Ebook: $4.99

Best iPhone Apps Best iPhone Apps
by Josh Clark
July 2009
Ebook: $15.99

iWork '09: The Missing Manual iWork '09: The Missing Manual
by Josh Clark
April 2009
Print: $39.99
Ebook: $31.99

Tapworthy iPhone Design and User Experience Tapworthy iPhone Design and User Experience
by Josh Clark
February 2011
Video: $259.99

Tapworthy: Designing iPhone Interfaces for Delight and Usability
September 14, 2010
Tapworthy apps cope with small screens and fleeting user attention to make every pixel count, every tap rewarding. Learn to: capture the elusive ingredients of irresistible mobile interfaces; craft comfortable ergonomics for fingers and thumbs; dodge...

Webcast - Best iPhone Apps: The Must-Have Downloads
September 17, 2009
Join Josh Clark, author of Best iPhone Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders for a survey of the must-have apps to unlock your iPhone's potential.

Webcast - Tapworthy: Designing iPhone Interfaces for Delight and Usability
January 06, 2011
Tapworthy apps cope with small screens and fleeting user attention to make every pixel count, every tap rewarding. Learn to: capture the elusive ingredients of irresistible mobile interfaces; craft comfortable ergonomics for fingers and thumbs; dodge...

"The book covers all aspects of iWork in depth and does an exceptional job putting it in terms that anyone can understand. The perfect balance between not over the head of those who are very new to the iWork App, yet not talking down to those who are experienced in using the Pages word processor, the Numbers spreadsheet, and the Keynote presentation program that Al Gore and Steve Jobs made famous."
--Peter Baldwin, Bellarine Mac User Group, August 2013 Newsletter

"I rate this book as a must read for any iPhone developer or prospective developer."
--Scott Chandler, Wooly Blog

"...a very readable guide with specific do’s and don’ts 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."
--Radamanthus Batnag, http://rad.batnag.org/

"...if you want to make usable apps, it's worth a read. "
--William Springer, Vulcan Ear Book Reviews

"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! "
--Jof Arnold

"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. "
--David Weeks, MyMac Magazine

"If you’re 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. What’s great are the first person accounts from successful iPhone developers, such as Josh Williams, founder of Gowalla, a popular social networking site. "
--Bob and Joy Schwabach, On Computers

"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."
--Rainy Day Engineering, Rainy Day Magazine

"Yes, this is a book of chapter, verse, example, and tightly-edited interviews with developers behind some of the biggest iPhone apps. But that’s a disguise. It’s 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."
--Bob Walsh, 47 Hats

"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."
--Suzie Housley, Reviewer's Bookwatch: Suzie's Bookshelf

"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."
--Jack Fiske, Alaskan Apple Users Group Blog (AAUG)

"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."
--Dave Comeau, MLMUG.org

"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. "
--Cheryl Wester, Temecula Valley Computer User Group

"This book is perfect for a non-technical new iPhone or iPod Touch user who isn't quite sure where to begin. "
--Dave Greenbaum, Click Here Technology Columns

"...a good guide to a new iPhone user or one who hasn’t yet jumped into the App Store with both feet."
--Ross Rojek, Sacramento Book Review

"I had a blast browsing through this full-color, 228-page book about the very best iPhone applications. "
--Mark Frauenfelder, BoingBoing.net

"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."
--Noah Kravitz, PhoneDog

"With several several thousand applications now available, a guide like this is needed and welcome."
--Zoltan Hunt, YYZtech.ca

"...get a copy of iWork’09 The Missing Manual if you are interested in digging into iWork and getting the most out of the software. Highly recommended. "
--Dave Popeck, Apple Bits -- NEOAC (Northeast Ohio Apple Corps)

"A great help to sort through this iPhone app phenomena..."
--Gregg Ellman, The Miami Herald