O'Reilly logo

The Mobile Book Addendum by Smashing Magazine

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

Chapter 1: Mobile Design Patterns

By Greg Nudelman & Rian van der Merwe

Ever since architect Christopher Alexander discovered in 1977 that a similar design solution could be applied over and over to different challenges, people have been using patterns to guide their thinking to success. Our minds naturally tend to think in patterns as we apply mental models that enable us to reason and navigate efficiently within the overwhelming complexity of the world around us. Patterns and pattern recognition are the key to learning and to the survival of our species.

Unfortunately for us, while patterns are a handy tool, as Alfred Korzybski so eloquently quipped, “The map is not the territory.” You can’t climb those little triangles that represent mountains, ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required