A small book about designing mobile apps

by Paula Borowska & Tomas Laurinavicius

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Discover what makes the design of mobile apps successful, or not.

It goes without question that more and more people are using mobile devices and apps; however, there are some apps that are simply better than others. In this book, we explored different interface designs and discovered what makes a mobile design successful.

The perfect starting guide for mobile design.

What sets apart a good mobile design from a bad one? How can we improve them? Like you, we wanted insight, a better understanding of mobile design. That's how this short and quick guide came to be. We wanted to help you understand what makes for a great design in the increasingly competitive marketplace.

Take aways from the book


Design fundamentals

You'll realize how important design fundamentals are by learning how they come together.


Emotional design

A design that is powerful enough to evoke an emotion is rare, but it's also a powerful effect.


User experience

An app with great UX can greatly improve conversions and the way people view your brand.

Read a sample chapter

Authentic Weather

Fucking content king


The app with an intuitive user flow


Lessons on mobile navigation

What our readers are saying

  • Mobile Design Book is beautifully crafted and really dives deep into what makes mobile apps great. Design is important and this book explains why.

    Ryan Lum

  • Every single word and example you’ll find in this book was carefully chosen and is the perfect guide on your path of becoming a better designer. This is one of those books that should be on your bookshelf.

    Pascal Gartner

  • Mobile Design Book is a welcomed resource in a designer's library where we don't have much (yet!) beyond collections of screenshots.

    Susan Lin

  • Designing for mobile devices is an art form. You can't learn art from text books. I highly recommend it for anybody who's new to mobile user experience design or anybody wanting to keep up to date.

    Kush Amersinghe

  • This book is great for beginning designers to learn how to objectively criticize a design and a good reminder for experienced designers that also popular apps aren’t perfect.

    Davey Heuser

  • The perfect resource for learning mobile design by example and analysis. With key areas broken down into short, easily digestible take home messages.

    Adam Gask

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About the Authors

Paula Borowska

Hello, I’m Paula Borowska. A user experience designer based in New York City. I believe we are visual creatures therefore, we should celebrate aesthetics. Additionally, I also blog a lot; you may have seen my posts on ony own blog, Being Limited, Designmodo, Web Designer Depot or Web Design Tuts+. @paulaborowska

Tomas Laurinavicius

I’m Tomas Laurinavicius, an adventurous designer, blogger and entrepreneur from Lithuania. I am a founder and editor-in-chief of Despreneur, magazine for design entrepreneurs. I am also working on a startup called Refe which is all about selling and buying mobile photos. @tomaslau