Challenges of Interface Design for Mobile Devices

Simplifying interactions and streamlining access to information may not be as cool as crafting richer interactions, but they are the most effective techniques available at producing a design that is easy to use on a mobile platform. Simplified interfaces can also lead to leaner code, which means less data is transfered over slow connections.

Designing with awareness to context will yield a more atomic design that instead of introducing users to a proverbial blank canvas, will guide them toward accomplishing important tasks. Having to deal with slow data speeds, high network latency, smaller screens, and an unpredictable mode of use only reinforce the need to isolate an application’s essential features and offer access to them when contextually appropriate.