Mobile Design Pattern Gallery by Theresa Neil (O’Reilly Media)

This book is weird, I’ve to tell you. I was expecting a book with some examples and some text. Well, I ended up with a book that, at the first sight, seems more a book for kids rather than a professional book since is 90% images.

The book is clearly organized, each chapter covering one specific aspect.

  • Navigation
  • Forms
  • Tables
  • Search, sorting and filters
  • Tools
  • Charts
  • Invitations
  • Feedback & Affordance
  • Help
  • Anti-patterns.

After a little while, I learned how to learn (a lot of) good patterns and bad patterns (anti-patterns) from this book. The downside of the approach the author kept is that all the arguments are not deeply analyzed, while the main information are given. For each topic, Neil shows some patterns pointing out for each one a good use of it and the possible risks using it. The last chapter (the one about the anti-patterns) is, in my opinion, the most useful. Here some anti-patterns are analyzed pointing out why they are anti-patterns and how to improve them.

The only problem I’ve seen in some points is the phenomenon in which sometimes the image is one page and the caption in another and this is annoying.

I rate this book 7/10 since I liked it but I hoped to see a little bit more theory. I think it would be enough adding ~1 page for each chapter of theory to reach a higher grade.

One thought on “Mobile Design Pattern Gallery by Theresa Neil (O’Reilly Media)

  1. Thanks for the review. The publisher just fixed the page layout problems, so hopefully it will be an easier read.

    In terms of the theory, what specifically are you hoping to see? I am working on the 2nd edition and am happy to add in more information if it aligns with the primary goal of the Gallery to educate and inspire.

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