Freshen Up Your Walls With Creative Mobile Book Illustrations!

Our brand new Mobile Book was a labor of love. But the love doesn’t just stop there! We’re giving away 20 exclusive A3-sized (11.6 × 16.5 inches) poster sets designed and created by the oh-so-talented Mike Kus1, whose abstract illustrations are featured throughout the Mobile Book.

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Large previews: Mobile Landscape6 | Responsive Design7 | UX Design8 | The Mobile Book Addendum9

Mobile Book Poster Giveaway10
Large preview11.

I Want A Mobile Book Poster Set!

How can you get your hands on one of these posters, you ask?

All you need to do is comment on this post and tell us one good reason why mobile is so important nowadays. Or, if you already have the Mobile Book in your book collection, tell us what you like about it the most! Winners will be selected and contacted by the Smashing team on Monday, 11th of February.

If you haven’t got the Mobile Book yet, you can still get your book today12. The hardcover book features everything you need to know as a designer, developer or mobile strategist to be prepared for the future. If you aren’t convinced yet, download the free sample (PDF, 8.0 Mb) first13, a chapter on “Responsive Design Strategy” by Trent Walton.

Cheers and good luck!

Footnotes

  1. 1 http://mikekus.com/
  2. 2 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/mobile_landscape.png
  3. 3 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/responsive_web_design.png
  4. 4 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/ux-design.png
  5. 5 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/mobile_book.png
  6. 6 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/mobile_landscape.png
  7. 7 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/responsive_web_design.png
  8. 8 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/ux-design.png
  9. 9 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/mobile_book.png
  10. 10 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/poster2-1200px.png
  11. 11 http://www.smashingmagazine.com/wp-content/uploads/2013/02/poster2-1200px.png
  12. 12 http://www.the-mobile-book.com
  13. 13 http://provide.smashingmagazine.com/the-mobile-book-free-sample.pdf

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  1. 1

    Mobile usage has exploded over recent years with the introduction of new technologies. Now with the rollout of 4g wireless technologies the web is no longer something you browse while sitting in front of a monitor at a desk. It has evolved into something that consumers continue to embed into their everyday lives. Without being/becoming mobile, you will become extinct.

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  2. 2

    Mobile is so important nowadays, because our whole life is mobile!

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  3. 3

    Because mobile allows me to have the whole interwebz in my pocket.

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  4. 4

    Mobile has become an extension of ourselves, with all the good and bad that comes from it. The “whole life fits in your pocket” concept is finally a reality

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  5. 5

    Mobile is important because nobody really wants to sit at a desk.

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  6. 6

    There are more internet-ready mobile devices than there are desktop PC’s!!!

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  7. 7

    Sweet posters!

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  8. 8

    Being mobile is not important – it is expected. The web should be accessible from everywhere, and the experience should be as good on a 3″ screen as on a 27″ screen.

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  9. 9

    I would love to get one of those poster !! Actually, I hope I can get one cause i’m in France so… :)

    Mobile is so important nowadays. In France, we’re always a bit late compared to the US but m-commerce is moving forward very quickly. Two years ago, 400 million euros were spent on mobile in France. Last year, it was 1 billion (+150 %). It goes without saying that it’s gonna keep getting more and more important in the next years. We can’t miss the mobile wave.

    Would love the poster though :p

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  10. 10

    On a current client project I found that levels of site usage between mobile and non-mobile users are fairly equal. However, those using mobile browsers are less likely to view more recent content. While desktop users peruse topic indexes and access the latest press releases and blog posts more frequently, those on mobile are more likely to land directly on a piece of content, consume it and leave.

    I think this makes it clear why we should continue to give mobile users the very best experience possible and focus on what they need from the site.

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  11. 11

    It’s not about becoming mobile, it’s about becoming universal in your design philosophy and approach. Device-agnosticism is the way to design for the future and treat the web as a single platform with many facets, offering different user experiences. Focus on creating those experiences.

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  12. 12

    Mobile is the technology dreamed of decades ago: always on, infinite connectivity among like minds and overwhelming info at our fingertips. Plus a stronger chance of creative minds flourishing when brought together.

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  13. 13

    I preordered the Mobile Book and imo it’s the best Smashing Book i’ve ever read.
    In the next years there will be more and more free wireless spots, 4G is coming, so that many people will use there Featurephones and Smartphones for everything affecting the Internet.
    So we need more good and useable mobile site’s.

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  14. 14

    Mobile is pivotal because it’s the shortest distance between your and the experience you used to HAVE to perform on a PC. Content creators need to remain cognizant of this because if yours is an experience you want to be desirable to others, it needs to look its absolute best across a range of devices or risk being looked over in favor of someone else’s work.

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  15. 15

    Mobile is no longer just a secondary way of accessing information while on the go. For many people today, especially the younger generations, mobile is the primary interface to the interwebs. To ignore mobile is to alienate an increasing user base who are mobile-first users.

    It isn’t just the younger generations, either. My mom has become the iPad expert at the senior community where she lives, and her fellow residents have started coming to her for advice and training. Several of her students don’t have a computer, have never had a computer, and don’t intend to get a computer, but they’re perfectly comfortable using the iPad.

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  16. 16

    Mobile is with us. In our pocket. In the bus, train and on the bench in the park. If you don’t have an eye on mobile, you miss the future …

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  17. 17

    To connect to EVERYTHING!

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  18. 18

    Mobile is the best way to get an idea what is going on. Everything happens anywhere and anytime and thanks to mobile development, you don’t need to miss a thing. Due to the massive growth in mobile developers Smashing’s Mobile Book really stands out as a standard every developer needs to achieve. With the posters it is possible to take a second every day and think about the importance of mobile developing without having to open the book before going to work. It would be a great reminder that everything is possible as long as the standards and reasons are top notch.

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  19. 19

    There is also the need the “think” mobile to build sites or apps with a good performance. much html much more css. and it still looks like gfx

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  20. 20

    Mobile usage is important today because of the way technology is evolving. Nowadays, we can’t stick just to big heavy laptops, we need smaller but smarter devices, the so-called smartphones. They’re currently a big part of everyone’s life and we need to adapt to this.

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  21. 21

    Mobile is so important that we like to spend more time with our smartphone than with our girlfriends. And because of that we always end up having girls yell at us… Often on the phone :)

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  22. 22

    Mobile has become the first point of purchase for retail and will continue to revolutionize all industries.

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  23. 23

    Do the mobile posters resize accordingly to the place/room I’m about to bring them to? Neat!

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  24. 24

    More and more websites are being accessed from mobile instead of the majority being used on a desktop. People looking for directions while in their car & sitting on the couch and watching tv while browsing on their smartphones are just a fraction of the cases where mobile is becomin a huge factor. Creating for mobile has become a ‘we must!’ everywhere instead of a ‘should we?’.

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  25. 25

    Mobile is important – because we want to be able to check the news / blogs not only at home but also in the morning while sitting in the bus.

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  26. 26

    Mobile has become the standard and if you are not mobile ready then your business/brand is losing customers

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  27. 27

    The sole reason why mobile is important today and will continue to be important tomorrow is that this world is increasingly becoming more and more fast paced and more and more saturated with content. Mobile is the medium that allows mankind to access this content in real time and then go on to share it, use it, read it, enjoy it, laugh at it, reply to it, comment on it and bond over it at a moments notice from a million miles away.

    Mobile is keeping the world connected and entertained, and while there are those that may mourn the loss of letter writing and face to face communication, the truth is, mobile hasn’t eliminated these things, it has enhanced them, with animation, images, video, colour, speed, frequency, distance and ease.

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  28. 28

    My mother surfs the net on her mobile phone with no trouble but still can’t work out how to use the scroll wheel on a mouse.

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  29. 29

    Every successful business in the online environment is successful because it knows how to connect with the customers. Customer Xperience is of upmost importance. Since the ‘move into the cloud, stay connected’ trend continues, more and more customers use mobile devices.
    Therefor ‘going mobile’ is a must. (quod erat demonstrandum :) )

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  30. 30

    It is not as much a question about importance, because there is no doubt that the mobile paradigm is here to stay. The important question is, how do we continue to implement, and standardize features that improve, and normalize the experience across platforms?

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  31. 31

    Fresh designs! Theyd look awesome in my apt!

    The best thing about mobile is that it forces us to weed out all the extraneous design and development fluff of the flash days to deliver the core experience intended by a website. Purely to provide information at your fingertips without having to wait for a loader or navigate a confusing subnav. As a developer, I like to deliver 1 experience that has the same information flow on all devices regardless of make and browser of choice. So let’s keep making it easier for people to enjoy information on the web wherever they are.

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  32. 32

    Mobile is not just a “phase” but it’s the future. I strongly believe fixed mediums will be almost obsolete soon. So mobile is not just important in relation to fixed mediums, but it’s of uttermost importance.

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  33. 33

    Mobile is important nowadays because of our fast paced lifestyle. With so much going on in our busy schedules there isn’t enough time to sit in front of a computer to access information. It’s alot easier to grab your mobile phone or tablet to browse the internet while your running errands or waiting in line at the DMV. I personally find myself reading online magazines like “Smashing Magazine” and “CSS-Tricks” to expand my knowledge-base while running on the treadmill at the gym. It’s a great way to multi-task while people have alot going on in their busy lives.

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  34. 34

    Everyone is mobile and mobile is everywhere!

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  35. 35

    They said “never mind mobile, we can do it later”, I said “but! but…”, they said “no buts, no mobile”. Site launch. Now they cry “we need mobile”

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  36. 36

    Designing low-bandwidth, mobile friendly websites is extremely important because mobile is an increasing amount of browser market share. The more we can do for our customers the more loyal they will be to us.

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  37. 37

    What’s mobile? If I take a laptop to coffee shop, that’s pretty mobile. Not maybe because of the actual mobility related to travelling, but the possible presence and location awareness that will eventually come to us via web, and thus web based applications. That will be a nice and important game to play for every application designer, as well as UX people.

    If mobile is based on screen size and interaction mechanism, let’s say touch, the interesting question is that does it eat up the “normal” usage? Does it add up to mouse and keyboard usage? It affects choices we make, architectural ones and about everything that requires user interaction, and thus interaction designing. Responsiveness get’s us that far. We’re mostly interested in element positioning currently. I’d guess that term will get elaborated in the future.

    So yeah, mobile is pretty important, since if affects our decisions from now to unforeseen future, if we decide to keep the web as our platform for pleasure and business.

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  38. 38

    Mobile is everywhere and you can be everywhere.

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  39. 39

    Mobile is everywhere and is an upcoming market in the developing countries. It can be used on every place and every time you desire. Every person has now his personal computer into his pocket what we never expected a decade ago. People want to do the same on their mobile as on their workstation. Good times for mobile will come!

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  40. 40

    Mobile is important because mobile is. We’re past the point of needing to justify the mobile experience. That’s like being asked to explain why having an internet presence is important. That isn’t to say that non-mobile channels are irrelevant. Each is simply a part of the ecosystem that users have come to expect.

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  41. 41

    Mobile is accessible from anywhere, any time. Making it the most valuable of devices in todays world from both the business and consumer points of view.

    It’s all about maximising potential with every technology enhancement.

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  42. 42

    Mobile is important, not just because it is everywhere, but the mobile explosion has led to the creation of the fundamental tenets of responsive design. Responsive design is important, because within 5 years we as web designers will have to adapt to a world where the web is expected to be shown on every screen, in multiple locations all around the home, the workplace, in social spaces & commercial venues. If we are to serve this new frontier, the user experience we provide will have to be seamless, and transfer between different locations & screens elegantly.
    Responsive Creation is not just a series of techniques, but a revolutionary perspective on design.

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  43. 43

    Chapter 7 (designig for touch) was really useful.
    Oh, and I have a cool blank office wall that would really deserve such a great poster =)

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  44. 44

    The best about mobile is that no matters where, you can stay connected. The posters are awesome! I want one!!! or two! :)

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  45. 45

    Nowadays? Mobile has been important for quite a few years now. Just take a look at developing countries or big rural area’s where there are no banks available. Mobile micro transactions fill the gap. In some of these area’s, mobile phones are the main source of information as not everyone has a personal computer available.

    I guess mobile is getting more and more important as the amount of mobile users grows year after year. People from all over the world use mobile nowadays.

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  46. 46

    The mobile aspect shows us how important issues like accesability, portablility, user experience, security and performance are.

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  47. 47

    To not be mobile, means to be stationary, confined, or unable to easily move. When we think about life and how we interact, we think about change and evolution, the means of transformation. That is exactly what mobile has become to us today, and the way we are interacting with our environment. The one good reason behind mobile is, the fact we dont even realize how much we actually use it, it has become a norm in our behavior.

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  48. 48

    Andrea De Carolis

    February 5, 2013 2:36 pm

    Kus for president

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  49. 49

    Nowadays people approach the internet more and more with there mobile devices. It’s user-friendlier and people will use it more often than their laptop/computer.
    Avoiding this is impossible.
    Giving the visitors of your website a good experience is key.

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  50. 50

    Mobile is important because our culture is always on the go. Developers work remotely, salespeople travel for meetings, etc. Unlike 15 years ago, it’s now possible to do your job (fully and at a high level) while traveling. This is what should drive developers to make sure their users have the same experience on their mobile device as they do at their desk.

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