2013-06-21 Workshop: Designing Tapworthy Mobile Apps and Websites

Designing Tapworthy Mobile Apps and Websites

CapCHI is proud to present a full-day workshop, featuring Josh Clark!

The event is now SOLD OUT! A waiting list is available (see Registration below for details).

Date: Friday June 21st, 2013
Time: doors open at 8:30 am; workshop begins at 9:00 am
Place: Radisson Hotel Ottawa Parliament Hill (MacDonald room), 402 Queen Street, Ottawa, Ontario KIR 5A7, Canada, LAT: 45.417796 LONG: -75.7067.

Josh Clark
Josh Clark

Workshop Description

From first concept to polished pixel, learn to create mobile apps and websites that delight. The workshop explores the practical principles of mobile and touchscreen design, teaching you to “think mobile” by planning and creating app interfaces in tune with the psychology and ergonomics of an audience on the go. Through a day of hands-on exercises, you’ll learn to conceive and refine an app’s interface and user experience in tune with the needs of a mobile audience… and their fingers and thumbs.

Who it’s for: This workshop isn’t (only) for geeks. The workshop’s interdisciplinary approach is appropriate for everyone involved in the mobile design process: designers, programmers, managers, marketers, clients. The workshop takes a hands-on approach to intermediate and advanced design concepts but requires no specific technical know-how. Experienced designers and newcomers alike will uncover the shifts in mindset and technique required to craft a great mobile app.

What you’ll learn: The workshop will equip you to ask the right questions (and find the right answers) to make aesthetic, technical, and usability decisions that will make your apps a pleasure to use. You’ll learn:

  • The expectations of a mobile audience
  • The ergonomic demands of designing for touch
  • How to cope with the reduced real estate left in the wake of giant touch targets
  • Unique considerations for designing for tablets
  • Emerging gesture conventions and design patterns for both apps and web
  • How to make gestures discoverable by educating users with contextual cues
  • Designing for sensors, the superpowers of mobile devices


  • 8:30 – 9:00: Registration
  • 9:00 – 10:30: The mobile landscape
  • 10:30 – 10:45: Break
  • 10:45 – 12:30: Designing for touch
  • 12:30 – 1:30: Lunch
  • 1:30 – 3:00: Gestures and touch-specific UI innovations
  • 3:00 – 3:15 Break
  • 3:15 – 5:00: Beyond the screen: designing for mobile sensors
  • 5:00 – 5:30: Wrap-up!

As you can see, the day is divided into four content chapters, and each will include exercises to explore and discuss the concepts for each section.

About Josh Clark

Josh Clark is a designer specializing in mobile design, strategy, and user experience. He’s author of “Tapworthy: Designing Great iPhone Apps” (O’Reilly, 2010) and “Best iPhone Apps” (O’Reilly, 2009). Josh’s agency Global Moxie offers design services, strategic consulting, and training to help creative organizations build tapworthy mobile apps and responsive websites. His clients include AOL, Time Inc, eBay, and many others.

Before the internet swallowed him up, Josh was a management consultant at Monitor Group in Cambridge, Mass, and before that, a producer of national PBS programs at Boston’s WGBH. 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. In 1996, he created the uberpopular “Couch-to-5K” (C25K) running program, which has helped millions of skeptical would-be exercisers take up jogging. (His motto is the same for fitness as it is for software user experience: no pain, no pain.)


The event is now SOLD OUT! A waiting list is available: press the button and follow the instructions provided! Any students on the waiting list will also have to pay full price if a full price ticket becomes available, or  choose to be passed over on the chance that a student priced ticket becomes available; a student priced ticket will not be awarded to any student who have already paid for a full price ticket, should a student priced ticket become available.

All attendees will receive a free electronic copy of Tapworthy. Lunch, plus morning and afternoon snacks will also be provided!

  • Regular Ticket: $375.00 (Early Bird); $475.00 (after June 7th or until tickets are sold out)
  • Student Ticket: $110.00 (Early Bird); $160.00 (after June 7th or until tickets are sold out). Students must present an active Student ID in their name when signing in at event to qualify!

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CapCHI (www.capchi.org) is a social and professional society of people who work as user interface designers, researchers, educators, software developers, web designers, graphic designers and human factors engineers in and around Canada’s National Capital Region. Founded in 1991, CapCHI’s goal is to bring together local professionals interested in how humans and computers interact, in a relaxed and informal atmosphere.

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