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!


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    This has to be mine, I love his work and live by Smashing Magazine!

  2. 152

    Mobile is increasingly where we work – to ignore it is to ignore what is about to happen to you….do so at your own peril. Poster! Poster!

  3. 303

    Mobile design is important, because having a site that hasn’t been converted to an easy-to-use, beautiful mobile site can be a complete turn-off when shopping.

  4. 454

    It was love at first sight when I saw the Mobile Book on my hands. <3
    It´s nothing but a Master Piece.

  5. 605

    These posters are awesome! Mobile is important and necessary these days because it is only the beginning. Mobile app integration into your everyday tasks is just the start, soon many of our everyday things will hold the technological tools and applications that mobile devices have today. Eyeglasses, refrigerators, watches, you name it; they will all soon be devices that communicate to the user and create an all new user experience. Best to learn the mobile side of things because soon it will be everywhere and in everything.

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    Mobile devices provide web access to millions of people who can’t afford a higher priced laptop/desktop – thus bridging the divide and increasing audience volume. *Mobile technology is thinning the barrier of entry to the web.

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    This looks cool. Hope I win.

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    Benjamin Ferreira

    February 5, 2013 3:39 pm

    Smashing Magazine changed my perspective on what is possible on the web!

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    Because of improving mobile UX, better hardware and faster internet connections (like LTE), we are willing to use our social, shopping and gaming stuff (fun things!) more likely on Smartphones/Tablets rather than on big and complex desktop computers, which are often unfavorably connected to our job.

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    I’ll take one! Would love to hang one over my desk for when I need some simple inspiration.

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    I LOVE the new Mobile book. I have been moving into mobile development because of the needs and wants of my clients. The Mobile book has been a great way to learn all about it. I have also enjoyed the illustrations seen throughout the book and would love to hang it on my office wall!

    Thanks SMASHING for all the great stuff you post! I visit the site everyday!

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    Alexandru Ionescu

    February 5, 2013 3:40 pm

    I think mobile is important because it’s a part of all your life, not just your office life or at home in front of your computer. It’s with you everywhere at any time, and you can access it whenever you wish.

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    Mobile technology has generated a seismic shift in the way we communicate with each other and consume content. In almost equal proportion to the magnitude of that shift is the challenge faced by designers to create the perfect spaces and tools to facilitate that new communication and consumption. People today want to do more, communicate more, consume more content than ever, all on a screen that is often a fraction of the physical size of the monitors we were all designing for a decade ago. Mobile therefore presents us with the ultimate “do more with less” conundrum, and no one seems to be offering more sanely innovative solutions to that exciting problem than Smashing. Keep leading the way!

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    I really want to get that cool posters, but it seems to me that “Mobile is important” doesn’t need to be proved. Just take a look around wherever you are – there is always someone using his/her mobile device!

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    Mobile is important for online retailers. Initially, retailers were slow to react to the increase in mobile web usage and consumers turned their backs on those they couldn’t use from a smart phone. This leads to a change in User Experience, but it would be a huge mistake to then consider mobile a separate channel, or retailers will get caught out again.

    There is no such thing as a mobile or desktop user or even really a mobile or desktop site anymore – users are empowered to do what they like, when they like, where they like.

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    About a year or so ago I didn’t think mobile was that big of a deal. Really, it’s just a small screen and why not use a laptop? Then I started working with a agency that has some big clients, one of them calls themself a mobile first company. Then I learned what mobile actual was and what it could be.

    I began to understand just how world changing the mobile platforms, and especially LTE, were for how computing and the users would be. Then it dawned on me why a thing like the Mobile Book and other ressources like it would be essential going forward. Because the world of mobile is even more demanding then that of the big screen web, users are different and the mindset needs to be different.

    Thats why it’s important to start talking about Mobile seperately from Web as a whole, and the book is a part of starting that conversation.

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    The posters are awesome. I need’em. :)

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    In addition to building a stylish and informative interactive library by purchasing the printed version of the mobile book, getting a set of these beautiful posters would definitely spruce up the “lab.” Also, did I see that there was a digital addition or update to the mobile book?

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      Yes, the Mobile Addendum eBook has been added to the Mobile Book zip file. If you need any assistance to download it please contact our support team at
      orders [at] smashingmagazine [dot] com
      Cheers, Richard

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    Mobile is important cause it’s the future, duh. As a UX designer I realize that the whole world is slowly heading towards a more mobile world. We were a bit blindsided by the smartphone revolution that happened a few years ago, but now is the most exciting time to design for mobile! We no longer HAVE to use skeueomorphism just to give users the analogous comparison of how to interact with their devices. I’ve always said that UX design (and design in general, really) is all about problem solving, and there has never been such huge amounts of possibilities for what we can do to solve usability problems these days!! Thanks to Mike Kus for putting out such a great book, btw. A lot of REALLY great stuff in there!!

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    My Mobile Book arrived in the mail yesterday. So excited to get crackin’ on it. Very awesome quality, is the Mobile Book.

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    These look great and so does the book. A “want” on both.

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    Mobile brings us the information when we want it and when we need it right to our fingertips! Gone are the days of running to the library or having to wait to get home or get to work to use the computer!

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    Yes, please!

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    Very nice posters, very nice book, will grab the book regardless.

    I don’t really differentiate “mobile” now, it’s fundamentally part of what we have to do. Emerging markets, have skipped landline/broadband internet entirely, and gone straight in at Mobile. I had a fairly high traffic post on my blog the other week and 40% of the traffic was mobile.

    I can’t fathom people who go to a huge effort to support ie7 but won’t optimise their site for tablets and smartphones. I think it’s a fun and interesting new challenge.

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    Would love to see one of these adorning my poster wall :)

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    These posters look great. Back in the 90s there were many images that had a face and a monitor or other graphic to create a somewhat literal interpretation of “interface” I got quite tired of it. The image with a face above on the other hand is pretty nice. Well done. I really hope I get the posters. It will be a nice addition to the innovation lab here at work.
    Several colleagues at work are reading the mobile book. I have it on my desk and haven’t finished it yet. Smashing always delivers excellent commentary and insight into the latest technology and trends. love it.

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    Mobile browsing is expected to outpace desktop-based access within three to five years. Mobile is more important now than ever.

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    Loved the book! Especially Stephanie Reiger’s chapter on the future of mobile technology and how we need to think—not just on mobile web—but on the ramifications of how that mobility is changing all aspects of our everyday lives.

    Continue to put out great works, Smashing Mag!

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    Mobile is important, since it is great to always have the possibility to look something up.

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    The prints look amazing!
    More and more users are able to surf the internet from anywhere in the world via their mobile devices. This “new” platform provides a different experience to the user which will require new design patterns, architecture and functionality. Companies should look into creating and enhancing their mobile experience in a strategic manner because this channel is critical.

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    Beautiful Prints.

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    gorgeous illustrations!! can’t wait to get the mobile book!

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    Mobile is important, because it keeps you connected with the world 24/7. Even more importantly, it also creates jobs and job security as mobile becomes more in demand.
    I conveniently check my emails and posts on Facebook, for example, as I receive a notification, rather than go home, turn on the PC and wait for it to boot. Having a PC is like going home to an answering machine. Mobile is the total opposite

    As for the posters: I could really use THOSE posters to hang in our office. They are amazingly beautiful and inspirational. Currently our office has naked walls and I have been browsing around for the perfect posters and found nothing until now.
    To win those posters would be the perfect birthday gift. (Yes, Feb 11 is my Geburtstag!).

    Is there any way to purchase those posters, if I am not a winner?

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    Mobile is our latest challenge. People want the world at their fingertips and it’s our job as designers, developers, and strategists to figure out how to cram a whole lot of information, in an attractive way, to fit a screen the size of a business card. Can the user navigate easily in spite of their fat fingers? Does their 3G network provide the speed/file size we require for the desired user experience? What about mobile web vs. native? These are all questions we strive to answer in order to provide the mobile experience – the way everyone now relies on to connect to the web, to each other and from anywhere. Yay for mobile!

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    Mobile holds the biggest potential since the personal computer adoption. But still, very underestimated by its users. Most people nowadays have a very capable computer in their pocket, that sits near them 24/7. Having such a device at one’s fingertips enables enormous possibilities in information accessibility and e-commerce, that benefits both users and businesses. (Oh, and developers as well!). And it’s up to us as designers and developers to make it as pleasant and usable as possible! And kudos to Smashingmag for the knowledge you bring to our community!

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    Mobile is important because EVERYONE has one and EVERYONE uses the internet!

    Combine the two and what do you get?

    Interbile or… Mobinet


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    Mobile is the future and has now huge importance in business strategies due to the growing percentage of people using mobile devices as daily internet-access devices :)

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    Mobile isn’t just a popular new hype topic. The ever so large and still growing market of mobile and internet enabled devices is part of, if not, the future way consumers will interact with the content we have to offer. PC and also Mac sales have decreased in the last years. This trend will continue. Why? Not because people don’t want an internet enabling device, but because mobile device are much more fitting for most peoples needs. We as web and app developers need to focus on content and provide good presentational formats for the various devices which now surf or interact with the web.

    The new Smashing Mobile Book covers the various topics and also viewpoints about this new application class and therefore is a great read for everyone. Mobile devices are already part of our consumers everyday life. It’s time now for us producers to extend our knowledge and way of doing things. The Mobile Book is a great help for this, which is why I highly recommend reading it!

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    I’m in! Can’t wait… we need more reference books. thanks for all the hard work!

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    Mobile is important because not everyone in the world can afford a laptop/tablet/desktop. As connectivity grows around the world it seems that most can get their hands on a mobile device. That’s exciting to think that information can be available to a huge number of people through mobile devices!

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    I find myself doing most interactions on the web with mobile devices. There are weeks that go by, that I turn my computer on just to do software updates :) I love my mobile devices.

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    Customers are conducting their business on the go. They are researching your shop on their phone from the cafe next door. Present the information they want and they’ll be right in.

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    Hi there! Those would perfectly fit on my offices wall :)

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    My wife uses her iPad for everything she does on the internet. My daughters use their smartphones for checking email and websites. My retired mother uses her iPad for everything except for writing lengthy emails. My business partners use their smart phones for checking email and web browsing, and only use their full screen computers at work.

    If you want to communicate to the 95% of the world who are fundamentally agnostic about the way they access information, then the information pipe you build must be accessible to mobile devices. Otherwise, a fair proportion of the world won’t be able to hear your story.

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    Mobile is the only way to multitask while you are on the toilet. Which can be long time to spend on only one task for some people.

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    Making it mobile means making it simpler, more intuitive and adaptive. Something we as developers should try to embrace in all of our creations.

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    Often times the mobile experience will be the first impression.

    More than ever people use their phones and tablets to explore new sites and media on the go. If you deliver a subpar experience to the mobile user, you are ignoring what will often be a users first interaction with your site. Having a well designed highly usable mobile site is the best way to impress first time visitors and earn there attention.

  48. 7249

    Those posters are lovely! Mobile is important for so many reasons, but making websites that are easy to navigate and engaging on mobile devices helps make the web a better place to hang!

  49. 7400

    In today’s mobile world, you don’t dictate how users view your content — they do. Makes us think mobile first!

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    Convenience is everything, and so more and more users are using their device to access information rather than using a computer. Computer access is levelling off, while mobile is skyrocketing! And mobile has so much more to offer because of its native capabilities such as direct dial and so on.


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