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  • Paperback: 322 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (June 28 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1449381650
  • ISBN-13: 978-1449381653
  • Product Dimensions: 17.8 x 1.4 x 23.3 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 544 g
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #333,158 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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About the Author

Josh Clark is a writer, designer, and developer who helps creative people clear technical hassles to share their ideas with the world. As speaker and consultant, he has helped scores of companies build effective websites and mobile apps. When he's not writing or speaking about clever design and humane software, he's building it. Josh is the creator of Big Medium, friendly software that actually makes it fun to manage a website. He's also the author of Best iPhone Apps and iWork '09: The Missing Manual, both published by O'Reilly. Before the rise of the Web, Josh worked on a slew of national PBS programs at WGBH-TV in Boston. 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. Now Josh makes words and spins code at his hypertext laboratory globalmoxie.com. He divides his time between Providence, Rhode Island, and Paris, France.


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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jennifer Hogan on July 16 2010
Format: Paperback
Tapworthy is a great guide to mobile app design, and really interface design in general. This book details how to develop your ideas, design experiences that reward, why you should embrace Apple's design sensibility, and what considerations to keep in mind when designing for touch. Anyone working with mobile apps should give this book a read, you'll be surprised at how much you'll learn.
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By Mimi Lee on Nov. 3 2014
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An amazing book for design for Mobile devices!!!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
If you're a startup, get this book. Now. June 26 2010
By Bob Walsh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Here's why: it's not only a great guide to what makes iPhone apps successful, but what will increasingly be the way to make successful software for any platform. Josh does a fantastic job of getting the reader into the right mindset for creating successful apps.

This is an interface, big-idea, that's why that design works book, not a coding book. Nor is it a "how to market your iPhone app book". That said, the interviews alone with designers of big important iPhone apps about how they really designed those apps is worth the price many times over.

Warning: you will probably spend more on buying apps Josh uses as examples of what he is talking about than you will on the book itself - I guess the skills he developed writing his last book, "Best Iphone Apps: The Guide for Discriminating Downloaders", gave him five star ability for picking great to awesome apps.

Also, while I almost never buy anymore actual paper books, this one is worth it - the color, gloss stock, painstaking layout and content structure would not be done justice as a .pdf.

I could write a longer review, but I'd rather go back to reading, re-reading, mulling and thinking about the what Josh covered in this book. Can't wait for the iPad book!
11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
Full of insight -- more than you might think fits in one book Nov. 16 2011
By Kartick Vaddadi - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I've worked in mobile for several years now, on iOS, Android, j2me, Symbian and Windows Mobile (to varying degrees), both native and web apps and I have to say that I'm totally impressed by this book. There isn't a chapter or even a section that doesn't have insight.

I've been reading iOS/UX-focused blogs for a while (Marco, Daring Fireball, Ignore the Code, Dustin Curtis) and I've got a lot of views at various aspects of what makes iOS so wonderful, but this book is closer to giving me the complete picture, rather than just glimpses of various aspects.

Clearly, Josh understands iOS at a deep, deep level. You wouldn't expect this level of understanding from anyone except perhaps the designers of iOS and iPhone.

You'll find insightful comments on various topics like:
- various navigation paradigms and the advantages and disadvantages of each
- how to design your app icon
- theming
- all the major aspects of iOS, like alerts and notifications
- product definition
- when to launch other apps from within yours and when not to.

I plan to read this book again after a while. It's that good.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Covers a lot of concepts. June 28 2010
By S. Martin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback Verified Purchase
Pre-ordered this book after hearing Josh speak at SXSW. Well worth the wait. This book covers all of the basics of iPhone UI but *even more important* are the first person interviews with guys like Josh Williams (Gowalla CEO) and Joe Hewitt (Facebook app).
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Excellent for Design Jan. 4 2011
By Teenskye - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This book does not teach you how to code in Objective C. It was not meant to do that.
What it does, and excellently, is teach you the design. It gets you into the right mindset for creating a successful iphone app. It teaches you the elements of design and art that go into a truly successful iphone app. I haven't read it all the way through yet, but the chapters are excellently formatted. The one I'm on teaches you the size of people's fingers and how that related to where buttons should be placed on the screen and how much space they should allot. If you want to create a beautiful, successful iphone app, this is the book to buy.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Brilliant book July 14 2010
By N. WISE - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Brilliant book, really enjoyed it, and it gave me loads of ideas of how to make my app better - a lot of them little things I hadn't thought about (eg all list items are 44 pixels high. ALL OF THEM).

I'd say this is a fairly non-technical book. I dont remember a line of obj-c in it, but there is plenty of info for anyone who is doing any part of an iphone app - ideas, design, coding, art, whatever.

Highly recommended.


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