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 is everywhere these days. In the beginning websites and apps were created for computers mobile phones and tablets were as futuristic as jetpacks. Today we create website and apps for use whereever you want. At home, on the road, at work and even on the toilet you can now acces the whole WWW and everything that comes along with it. The mobile platform therefore is for every webdesigner or developer something to aim for and not for a computer only.

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  2. 52

    Mobile device technology enables the escape from the bounds of our geography while working within the constraints of that physical space. With mobile devices, we can create additional layers of public & private community in the areas around us. We can place-shift ourselves, mapping remote places to our current physical context, and we can even add layers of perception to our physical world.

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  3. 103

    Mobile like fat bottom girls makes the world go round.

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  4. 154

    I think mobile is so important, because with emerging platforms like Ubuntu Phone, mobile might supersede desktop in a lot of areas. You can use your mobile device with a big screen and everything, if you want to. Otherwise: stay mobile. Exceptions would be very power intensive applications, but only for as long as those aren’t just done on a powerful server that streams the result … to your mobile :)

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  5. 205

    Herzon Rodríguez

    February 5, 2013 2:45 pm

    Wow those posters look way cool! I’m already waiting for my book ha :)

    I think mobile is so important nowadays because it’s a personal experience, its carrying almost your whole life in your pocket, your photos, videos, memories, etc.! And there’s where apps come in handy, they help you to improve that experience.

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  6. 256

    Mobile is important because what’s best than be online all the time?

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  7. 307

    Mobile is important today because it is giving me the chance to win an awesome set of posters!

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  8. 358

    Mobility is freedom!

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  9. 409

    Mobile is important because every one is mobile today. With the ability to browse anywhere you need to have a mobile site that is clean and concise, that has just enough data to get the ideas across and not overwhelm the user. One must be proficient at mobile design to achieve this.

    These posters would look great in my studio and would cover up the holes that I have yet to sheetrock. jk

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  10. 460

    Any time, anywhere, there is an opportunity to connect with someone via media it is a missed opportunity if you aren’t there.

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  11. 511

    Mobile is quickly becoming THE communications/reference method of choice. If we want exposure, we have to pay attention to mobile design and development, or sink into the black pit.

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  12. 562

    If you’re looking to drive business from emerging markets, the vast majority of those populations access the web from mobile devices.

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  13. 613

    Technology is advancing, passions are changing and it brings mobiles into the picture. Mobile increases reach-ability and the best part, “they are always kept switched on, unlike a computer!” :D

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  14. 664

    By mobile I understand small sized or responsive and it is important because of variety of devices available on the market. Average user doesn’t need more CPU then he gets in an iPhone – for browsing, social media and sometimes pictures. Mobile is not just important, it is becoming obligatory, because more and more people don’t need desktop computers anymore.

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  15. 715

    The importance of mobile, just like any ecosystem, is defined by it’s popularity. Mobile traffic is growing fast and to reach most of our audience we have to take mobile into account.

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  16. 766

    When designing for mobile first you really have to think about your content and how to get your message across. Always a good point to start with.

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  17. 817

    With most mobile devices having two year contracts, people upgrade devices quickly solving the problem of a user having old outdated browsers that don’t render newer technology well. Perfect example, supporting IE for 6-10 years after the initial release.

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  18. 868

    Mobile is important and becoming so even more every day, because it is an experience that people carry with them and it influences the way they live their lives.

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  19. 919

    In my humble opinion:

    The future in usage and interaction with devices will be more and more on “mobile” devices rather than just a mobile phone. Tables etc will be more consumer friendly. Hardware becomes cheaper and people will let down there pc/laptop. Because just the simple reason its cheaper to afford, easier to cary around etc. The major shift towards this new medium/platform ain’t necessary an easy thing.

    How you can keep up with a the wide variety screenresolutions, hardware accessibility and gui elements come along with all the new Androids, Apples Microsofts and guess who will be more feeling free to enter this market?

    As a designer / developer we have to keep in mind that all this has one mother of f**k ups. “Identity”. If we can maintain the ability to communicate towards our clients and consumers than we have nothing to fear. If all these devices and techniques make the market more blurry , that we drown in our need to develop a new technique (how many bootstraps and gridsolutions are out there) then we are back in no time, behind our laptop and pc’s.

    Mobile is a good thing, but we have to keep in mind that all these extra’s will make it more difficult to maintain the identity of communication in the whole ranch of context.

    -1
  20. 970

    The future in usage and interaction with devices will be more and more on “mobile” devices rather than just a mobile phone. Tables etc will be more consumer friendly. Hardware becomes cheaper and people will let down there pc/laptop. Because just the simple reason its cheaper to afford, easier to cary around etc. The major shift towards this new medium/platform ain’t necessary an easy thing.

    How you can keep up with a the wide variety screenresolutions, hardware accessibility and gui elements come along with all the new Androids, Apples Microsofts and guess who will be more feeling free to enter this market?

    As a designer / developer we have to keep in mind that all this has one mother of -bliep- ups. “Identity”. If we can maintain the ability to communicate towards our clients and consumers than we have nothing to fear. If all these devices and techniques make the market more blurry , that we drown in our need to develop a new technique (how many bootstraps and gridsolutions are out there) then we are back in no time, behind our laptop and pc’s.

    Mobile is a good thing, but we have to keep in mind that all these extra’s will make it more difficult to maintain the identity of communication in the whole ranch of context

    -1
  21. 1021

    The future in usage and interaction with devices will be more and more on “mobile” devices rather than just a mobile phone. Tables etc will be more consumer friendly. Hardware becomes cheaper and people will let down there pc/laptop. Because just the simple reason its cheaper to afford, easier to cary around etc. The major shift towards this new medium/platform ain’t necessary an easy thing.

    How you can keep up with a the wide variety screenresolutions, hardware accessibility and gui elements come along with all the new Androids, Apples Microsofts and guess who will be more feeling free to enter this market?

    As a designer / developer we have to keep in mind that all this has one mother of -bliep- ups. “Identity”. If we can maintain the ability to communicate towards our clients and consumers than we have nothing to fear. If all these devices and techniques make the market more blurry , that we drown in our need to develop a new technique (how many bootstraps and gridsolutions are out there) then we are back in no time, behind our laptop and pc’s.

    Mobile is a good thing, but we have to keep in mind that all these extra’s will make it more difficult to maintain the identity of communication in the whole ranch of context.

    -1
  22. 1072

    mobile is important because it’s my alarm clock, it’s the firestarter of my design-workday!

    On a more serious note: mobile is important because it connects people from all over the world, designers, developers, customers & clients.. great way to work with people all over the globe and share inspiration and thoughts from out of your pocket!

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  23. 1123

    I’ve been a graphic designer for over 10 years. I have done simple mobil designs but more in the “silo” approach and not very responsive. I knew I had to learn RWD but instead of focusing on techniques, I wanted an overall, broad knowledge. I wanted to understand the “big picture” first, before I dove in headfirst.

    The Mobil Book REALLY opened my eyes, right from the first chapter about who influences what devices people buy and why Android isn’t the same on all phones. The technique samples and best practices throughout this book turned out to be exactly what I was looking for. This was the best learning investment I’ve made in a long time.

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  24. 1174

    This is really nice stuff! Can’t wait to post them in our office!

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  25. 1225

    would like to get my hands on these wallpapers. And remind me of the mobile book chapters when i look at them :)

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  26. 1276

    I’ll be blunt….mobile is great, but having those posters in my office is essential….

    :-)

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  27. 1327

    Just because you own a phone that can do that…

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  28. 1378

    These are amazing!

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  29. 1429

    Sorry guys my browser was very enthusiastic by crashing and posting… Just read my post once or even ignore it. 3 times is indeed too much :)

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  30. 1480

    Sorry, I dozed off for a second. What’s a mobile?

    Thank you please

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  31. 1531

    Cause the World Wide Web fits in your pants.

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  32. 1582

    Mobile is such an important platform, not only because it growing rapidly, but also because it forces companies to rethink the way customers interact with their websites. Going from one channel, and in the future allowing the customers to interact through tablets, mobile phones, and changing channels on the go is very important.

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  33. 1633

    The Mobile Book is briliant and a much respect for the illustrators V! Keep up the good work!

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  34. 1684

    Mobile is now!

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  35. 1735

    Mobile is important because it would be a right logistic nightmare taking my iMac to the toilet to browse the web.

    DONT DENY IT! WE ALL DO IT!

    Pete

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  36. 1786

    Traffic to website from tablet and mobile devices is booming. As time goes on there is an ever need for your website to work cross platform on a range of devices whilst retaining structure and reliability. Whether this be in the form on a scalable website, optimised site or separate site/app all together for mobile.

    Definitely the way the web is going for the future.

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  37. 1837

    this book seems like a must-have and i am ordering it now. i should get frequent flier miles from smashing since i have ordered so many great products from them.

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  38. 1888

    Mobile is so important nowadays ’cause we’re all in a crazy Spanish Caravan !

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  39. 1939

    I am going to pick up the mobile book, it’s amazing how fast the shift has been. Even in traditional media. I am currently working for a large publisher on one of the biggest magazines in Canada, and I am currently re-imaging their digital space to reflect a more responsive approach!

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  40. 1990

    Hope not USA only :)

    Cheers!

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  41. 2041

    Awesome posters!

    Really enjoying your Mobile Book: it’s helping me a lot in my recent HTML5 project for a client: from responsive layout options to page loading performance improvements.

    Looking forward to your next book releases!

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  42. 2092

    We started responsive design on all our sites about a year ago. At that point looking at analytics still told us that most people were visiting our sites on desktops. In mid 2012 that switched. The majority of people are now viewing the site we make on mobile devices. It’s more than just important. It’s necessary. We need to build internet tools for where people are and where they will be.

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  43. 2143

    Washington, DC lives and breathes mobile. Whether you’re on a train, walking to work, at work, or at a restaurant – people are on their phones, tablets, etc. It’s an unavoidable “side-effect” of our increasingly busied lives and, within reason, it’s for the best. There’s no more “waiting until I get home” or wondering for hours what the score to your favorite sports team’s last game was – mobile keeps us connected and allows us (web designers/developers) to reach our clients and our client’s clients anywhere at anytime.

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  44. 2194

    Mobile is the future!!!

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  45. 2245

    It’s been astounding to watch Mobile usage grow. I work for a university. Within the past year, an affiliate came to us and said they wanted a website. After it was built and launched we watched it’s usage trends. It’s one of the top five most visited sites in our system and almost half the traffic is coming from mobile. If the percentages increase by about 5%, we’ll have built the wrong website. What’s more is this website was designed by print designers and given to us. We made it as responsive as possible but it’s not to our standards. I’ve watched people try and use the website on their mobile devices and in just observing I get frustrated. It’s not something I would want to use if I didn’t have to. That’s the key, giving users an experience that they enjoy so they return. If people are viewing your site on mobile devices you better make sure that it is easy to use and doesn’t leave a bad taste in their mouth.

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  46. 2296

    Um, if your not mobile, your not mobile. Sorry, but I have a cold and just want a nice poster.

    Thx Smasher!

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  47. 2347

    Thanks a lot for creating the great book including the also great illustrations!

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  48. 2398

    Mobile presence is not just important it is mandatory – not only can you view a business on your smartphone, you can call them, map them, review them and share them with your friends all while driving! Just kidding: Don’t browse and drive.

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  49. 2449

    Nothing says mobile like bathroom Internet.

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  50. 2500

    Mobile is important because Desktop is sooo last summer.

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