How to design user-friendly mobile interfaces

Some mobile designs suffer from a problem: they might look great on the surface, but start to use them and you soon find out that an all-too-important factor has been neglected: the ergonomics. The noble art of creating designs that fit the human body (rather than the other way around) is one of the true unsung heroes of the design world.

Ergonomics has always been very important to industrial designers, but it's becoming increasingly important to digital designers as well. Why? Because smartphones and tablets are changing the way we interact with digital designs. We no longer only use a cumbersome keyboard and a mouse to tell our digital friends what to do. Now it's more direct, more physical. We hold our devices. We tap them. We pinch them. We lovingly stroke them.

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Neil Turner is an experienced UX designer currently working at AstraZeneca (a biopharmaceutical company) in the UK.