Mobile application design is a conversation that allows the developer to speak to the user. While manuals are able to guide this conversation, nothing is more immediate and enduring than the user interface of the application itself. The small size of mobile device screens requires developers to create user interfaces that communicate to users in ways that are concise yet easy to understand. The comic book medium offers many design standards that mobile application developers can use to improve the effectiveness of their graphical user interface designs. Comic books have evolved through the years to maximize their ability to tell a story while confined to two dimensional static images. Comic book legend Will Eisner published “Comics and Sequential Art” in 1985 in order to document his mastery of using graphics to tell a story. This presentation will explore the design principles Eisner shared in his landmark book and specifically apply them to mobile application design. Scott McCloud’s book “Understanding Comics”, which built on top of the foundation laid by Eisner, will also be covered as well as McCloud’s later work “Reinventing Comics”. Film makers have used comic books as the blueprint for blockbuster movies like “Spider Man” and “Batman Returns”. The comic book medium can provide a blueprint for blockbuster mobile applications as well. When attendees leave this session, they will know how to throw some Eisner onto their mobile application designs!
Anjuan Simmons is an information technology consultant who helps companies understand and implement emerging technologies. He is currently a Director at Adverlyze, a company that provides online marketing services. Before joining Adverlyze, Anjuan worked as an executive for Accenture and Deloitte. He is also a freelance writer who writes for Black Web 2.0 and a podcaster who produces a weekly technology show called The Digital Weekly. Furthermore, Anjuan is a public speaker who focuses on topics such as technology, business, and minority advocacy.
Anjuan has an undergraduate degree in electrical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and an MBA from Texas A&M University.
Anjuan's 2011 SXSW panel, "What Comic Books Can Teach Mobile Application Designers", was inspired from his years of experience designing mobile application user interfaces for corporate clients and his life long love of the comic book art form. He hopes that his panel inspires designers to create mobile apps that draw on the powerful yet intuitive language of comic books.
He lives in Houston with his beautiful wife and three amazing kids. Anjuan’s hobbies include reading, writing, social media, photography, travel, and exercise.
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