Steven Hoober

President of 4ourth Mobile
Mission, Kansas, USA

Steven Hoober For his entire 15-year design career, Steven has been documenting design process. He started designing for mobile full time in 2007 when he joined Little Springs Design. Steven’s publications include Designing by Drawing: A Practical Guide to Creating Usable Interactive Design, the O’Reilly book Designing Mobile Interfaces, and an extensive Web site providing mobile design resources to support his book. Steven has led projects on security, account management, content distribution, and communications services for numerous products, in domains ranging from construction supplies to hospital record-keeping. His mobile work has included the design of browsers, ereaders, search, Near Field Communication (NFC), mobile banking, data communications, location services, and operating system overlays. Steven spent eight years with the US mobile operator Sprint and has also worked with AT&T, Qualcomm, Samsung, Skyfire, Bitstream, VivoTech, The Weather Channel, Bank Midwest, IGLTA, Lowe’s, and Hallmark Cards. He runs his own interactive design studio at 4ourth Mobile.

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Steven’s Column on UXmatters

Mobile Matters

Designing for every screen

A column by Steven Hoober
Color and Universal Design
September 2021
Task Flows and the Process of Designing Interactions
July 2021
Pragmatic Design Solutions
May 2021
Onboarding Yourself
March 2021
Greeking Versus Designing with Actual Content
February 2021
Regionalizing Your Mobile Designs, Part 2
January 2021
Regionalizing Your Mobile Designs, Part 1
November 2020
Mobile Is Now Everything
September 2020
Designing Mobile Tables
July 2020
Designing for Progressive Disclosure
May 2020
Are You Sure? Versus Undo: Design and Technology
March 2020
Dark Isn’t Just a Mode
January 2020
Mobile Dark Patterns
November 2019
Organic Product Development and Authentic Design
September 2019
Creating Effective Carousels
July 2019
A Design Language for Touch, Gesture, and Motion
May 2019
Designing for Intrinsic Understanding
March 2019
Adaptive Information Design and the Box Diagram
January 2019
Paging, Scrolling, and Infinite Scroll
November 2018
Signon, Signoff, and Registration
September 2018
Mobile Apps: Native, Hybrid, and WebViews
August 2018
Handling Delays
July 2018
How to Create Good Error Messages
May 2018
Understanding Location
March 2018
Cascading UX Specifications
January 2018
Design, Craft, and Manufacturing for Digital Products
November 2017
Avoiding Stupid, Rude, Destructive, and Deadly Design
September 2017
Principles for Mobile Design
August 2017
Design for Fingers, Touch and People, Part 3
July 2017
Design for Fingers, Touch, and People, Part 2
May 2017
Design for Fingers, Touch, and People, Part 1
March 2017
Build a Mobile-Device Lab!
January 2017
Succeeding with Field Usability Testing and Lean Ethnography
November 2016
Mobile UX Design Approaches: Workshops
September 2016
Flatly Authentic
July 2016
Beyond Airplane Mode
April 2016
Session Expiry and Coke Machines
March 2016
Practical Empathy for the Rest of the World
January 2016
Error Messages Are an Anti-Pattern
November 2015
Type Sizes for Every Device
September 2015
Back, the Stack, and Authentic Design
July 2015
Why It’s Totally Okay to Use a Hamburger Icon
May 2015
Tools for Mobile UX Design: Task Flows
March 2015
Phones Aren’t Flat: Designing for Real People in Diverse Contexts
January 2015
The Rise of the Phablet: Designing for Larger Phones
November 2014
Insights on Switching, Centering, and Gestures for Touchscreens
September 2014
The Social History of the Smartphone
July 2014
The Role of User Experience in the Product Development Process
May 2014
Teens as Digital Users
March 2014
People, Ubiquity, and the Internet of Things: The New Mobile Context
January 2014
Design for Fingers and Thumbs Instead of Touch
November 2013
Tools for Mobile UX Design: Adobe InDesign
September 2013
Tools for Mobile UX Design
June 2013
Following Patterns and Innovating
April 2013
Common Misconceptions About Touch
March 2013
How Do Users Really Hold Mobile Devices?
February 2013
Idea Amplifiers, Activity Streams, and the Distributed Supercomputer: A Conversation Around Hypervoice
January 2013
Designing for Users and Their Devices
December 2012
Mobile Input Methods
November 2012
Mobile Inline Form Validation
September 2012

Steven’s Article on UXmatters

Steven’s Contributions to Ask UXmatters

UX Design for Compliance-Heavy Applications
June 2020
Is Focusing on Agile or Lean Damaging the Practice of UX? Part 1
January 2020
Choosing Whether to Create a Responsive Web or Native App
September 2019
Testing Low-Fidelity Versus High-Fidelity Mockups
June 2018
Creating a UX Team within a Large Enterprise
May 2018
Becoming an Agile Company
April 2018
Tools for Remote, Collaborative UX Design
November 2017
Testing Products People Will Use in a Variety of Environments
September 2017
What to Do When You’re the Only UX Designer on a Project?
July 2017
The Most and Least Valuable Contributions of UX Designers
June 2017
Books That Have Influenced Our UX Careers, Part 2: Applied UX Research
March 2017
Books That Have Influenced Our UX Careers, Part 1: Design
February 2017
The Purpose of Site Maps and Other Design Deliverables
January 2016
Identifying and Validating Assumptions and Mitigating Biases in User Research
October 2015
Is Technical Writing Part of UX?
August 2015
Responsive Web Design for eCommerce Web Sites
February 2015
Persuading Clients That the Need for User Research and Usability Testing Is Real
October 2014
User Experience and Accessibility | Working with Visual Designers
September 2014
How to Spot Good UX Designers
April 2014
Achieving Alignment: Collaboration Versus Wireframes?
February 2014
Conducting Expert Reviews: What Works Best?
January 2014
Doing User Research at an eCommerce Startup
November 2013
The Importance of Collaborative UX Design
October 2013
Responsive Web Design for Corporate UX Design
September 2013
UX Concepts and Practices That We Wish Would Just Go Away!
August 2013
Designing Tablet Apps
January 2013
Identifying Product Value, Then Designing the Right Product
July 2012
Championing UX During a Company Merger
June 2012
Agile User Experience Design
April 2012

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