Mobile User Experience (UX) Design

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How this course will help your career

Mobile usage overtook that of desktop way back in 20141; since then, the gap between devices has only widened, with the rise in mobile usage doubling the loss seen on desktop2. This increase in mobile traffic has made mobile user experience one of the most important factors in the success of a product or website, and it means that the skills involved are absolutely essential for designers, marketers, and developers if they want to keep up with the times. This course will teach you how to do just that—design great mobile user interfaces, with an emphasis on mobile usability best practices.

When you want to start designing a great user experience on a mobile device, using commonsense design approaches or simply learning by doing won’t be enough. With 61% of users unlikely to return to a mobile site they had trouble accessing and, even worse, 40% choosing to visit a competitor’s site instead2, such uneducated approaches could prove disastrous for your product or website. A user’s comprehension is 50% less on a mobile device, which means that content, navigation, and visual design elements must be twice as intuitive as they are on a desktop. With hard facts like that, you must constantly keep in mind the point that little screens mean very little room for error. Designing for mobile means taking the rough of the risk with the smooth of the sheer profit potential, and your need to learn the skills involved in creating an easy-to-use mobile user interface and, consequently, a great mobile user experience is nothing less than vital.

This course is built on evidence-based approaches as well as solid evidence distilled from decades of research and practice. Here, CEO of ExperienceDynamics.com, Frank Spillers, who is a distinguished speaker, author, and internationally respected Senior Usability practitioner, will teach you what you need to know to stay one step ahead as you venture into this exciting, cutting-edge and lucrative field.

What you will learn

  • How to design mobile interfaces based on mobile usability best practices
  • How to plan a mobile user experience using personas and task modeling
  • An understanding of how your UI choices will differ between operating platforms
  • How to evaluate a mobile design and avoid bad mobile user experiences
  • How to implement a mobile UX design strategy

Gain an industry-trusted UX Course Certificate

You earn a verifiable and industry-trusted Course Certificate once you complete the course. You can highlight them on your resume, CV, LinkedIn profile or your website.

Course Certificate

Our courses and Course Certificates are trusted by these industry leaders, who have taken up company memberships with the IDF:

Centure, Adobe, GE, IBM, Philips and SAP

Who should take this course

This is an intermediate-level course recommended for members from all related business functions of an organization:

  • UX, UI, and web designers who want to design products that deliver outstanding mobile experiences
  • Project managers keen on incorporating a focus on mobile experiences in the product development process
  • Software engineers interested in learning about the unique challenges when building for mobile
  • Entrepreneurs looking to create user-friendly mobile websites or apps that will beat the competition
  • Newcomers to design who are considering making a switch to UX design and have an interest in mobile UX

Courses in the Interaction Design Foundation are designed to contain comprehensive, evidence-based content, while ensuring that the learning curve is never too steep. All participants will have the opportunity to share ideas, seek help with tests, and enjoy the social aspects afforded by our open and friendly forum.

Learn and work with a global team of designers

When you take part in this course, you will join a global multidisciplinary team working on the course and the exercises at the same time as you. You will work together to improve your skills and understanding. Your course group will be made up of an incredibly diverse group of professionals, all of whom have the same objective—to become successful designers. It’s your chance to learn, grow, and network with your peers across the planet.

1 Adam Lella & Andrew Lipsman, The U.S. Mobile App Report, comScore, 2014

2 Consumer Barometer, Google

Lessons in this course

  • Lessons become available at a schedule of one lesson per week.
  • Lessons remain open for you forever and have no deadlines.
  • There is no time limit to finish a course.
  • You have permanent access to your course material, answers, and classmates for the entire duration of your membership.
  • Estimated time to complete: 12 hours 31 mins spread over 5 weeks.

Lesson 0: Welcome and Introduction

Available once you start the course. Estimated time to complete: 39 mins.

Lesson 1: An Introduction to Mobile User Experience Design

Available once you start the course. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 40 mins.

Lesson 2: The Elements of Mobile UX

Available anytime after Aug 03, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 55 mins.

  • 2.1: The Elements of Mobile User Experience (2 mins)
  • 2.2: A User-Centred Approach to Mobile Design and a 5 Stage Process for You to Use (13 mins)
  • 2.3: Mobile First and the Power of Mobile Computing (11 mins)
  • 2.4: Reports of Content’s Demise May Have Been Exaggerated – Content is King for Mobile Too (6 mins)
  • 2.5: Functionality and Mobile Design – Don’t Shrink the Screen, Focus on the Tasks (12 mins)
  • 2.6: Micro-moments: Are you designing for them? (16 mins)
  • 2.7: The Heart of the Matter, Information Architecture in the Mobile Age (6 mins)
  • 2.8: Getting into the Mobile App User’s Mind – User Research for Mobile Applications (11 mins)
  • 2.9: Mobile Usability Research – The Important Differences from the Desktop (7 mins)
  • 2.10: Remote Research Methods for Mobile Applications (6 mins)
  • 2.11: If Your User Can’t Find You, You Won’t Have Any Users – Mobile Applications and Discoverability (8 mins)
  • 2.12: Getting Your App into the Hands of Millions – Marketing for Mobile Apps (11 mins)
  • 2.13: Discussion Exercise (6 mins)
  • 2.14: Round Up – The Elements of Mobile UX (1 min)

Lesson 3: Fit the task

Available anytime after Aug 10, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 3 hours 36 mins.

Lesson 4: Fitting the UI style guide

Available anytime after Aug 17, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 3 hours 6 mins.

Lesson 5: UI mobile components and patterns

Available anytime after Aug 24, 2018. Estimated time to complete: 1 hour 34 mins.

  • 5.1: UI for Mobile – Components and Patterns (1 min)
  • 5.2: The Anatomy of a Smartphone – Things for Designers to Consider for Mobile Development (7 mins)
  • 5.3: The Rumble in the Board Room – Mobile Splash Screens What Clients Want and What They Should Get (10 mins)
  • 5.4: User Input and the Mobile User Experience – We’re All Thumbs Now or Maybe Not (11 mins)
  • 5.5: Tell Me About Me – User Profiles for Mobile Applications (6 mins)
  • 5.6: Getting Lost and Found – Maps and the Mobile User Experience (11 mins)
  • 5.7: Help! I need some help! Not just any help… Help in mobile applications (6 mins)
  • 5.8: Navigating the Maze of Mobile Apps – Design for Mobile App Search (11 mins)
  • 5.9: Evaluating Your Design (18 mins)
  • 5.10: Discussion Forum (5 mins)
  • 5.11: Lesson Roundup – UI for Mobile – Components and Patterns (1 min)
  • 5.12: Course Summary (6 mins)

Lesson 6: Course Certificate, Final Networking, and Course Wrap-up

Available anytime after Aug 31, 2018.

  • 6.1: Course Evaluation (1 min)

Learning paths

This course is part of 4 learning paths:

  • UX Designer
    UX Designer
  • Interaction Designer
    Interaction Designer
  • UI Designer
    UI Designer
  • Front-End Developer
    Front-End Developer
  • How others have benefited

    Hemant Panchabhai

    Hemant Panchabhai, India

    “The course covers all the major aspects of mobile user experience design. It has definitely equipped me with a great knowledge to build great mobile experiences. I would say this course is crucial if your users are mobile users.”


    Matthew Shenton

    Matthew Shenton, United Kingdom

    “Great content, I loved how much the instructor sets practical design tasks for you to do. I also loved the feedback on open question answers.”


    Jennifer Steiner-Kotch

    Jennifer Steiner-Kotch, United States

    “The overall organization of this course was great. I really liked the overview and wrap-up included in each module that introduced and summarized the information that was presented. The overall material was in-depth and very relevant to current trends and best practices.”


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    Networking is a large part of our value proposition, so we want just the right number of people inside the courses. That is also why we display the "XX % percent booked" on our course icons.

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    3. In the following fields add:

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    3. In the following fields add:
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    • Time period – Input the date when you joined our community (e.g., May 2017)
    • Check the button “This certification does not expire”
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