Over the last couple of years, mobile devices have managed to gain mainstream popularity. With iPhone, making mobile Web applications finally usable by broad masses, web design can now be applied to mobile applications as well. In this post we are focusing on designs that are specifically optimized for mobile devices, in particular iPhone.
Though iPhone’s Safari browser is able to render any website just like you would see it on a desktop browser, the available screen area is much smaller than in common “classic” displays. This poses a new challenge for designers and developers who now can reach millions of users that use mobile Web. Websites that are specifically optimized for the iPhone utilize the screen to the fullest extent, and use less bandwidth (which is necessary, because the connectivity is not always optimal).
In the showcase below we present some of the interesting, interactive and beautiful designs that are optimized for the iPhone. You will also learn about some handy tools that will help you optimize your website for the iPhone.
Also consider our previous articles:
- How to Create Your First iPhone Application1
- iPhone Apps Design Mistakes: Over-Blown Visuals2
- 100 (Really) Beautiful iPhone Wallpapers3
1. News / Entertainment Link
The unique navigation makes this site very interactive. Nice concept, nice colors.
Spin The Bottle
A simple bottle spinning game. Good use of graphics.
Very well designed for a horoscope site. Matching color scheme throughout.
Fresh look, vibrant colors and lively typography make this design fun to browse and easy to read. The design also matches the celebrity gossip theme.
2. Business / Corporate Link
Different tones of red make this design look very attractive on the iPhone. The 3D menu looks very nice — perfect for a marketing and design agency.
Redhawk Investment Advisors
This design has a very corporate feel to it. Good use of colors.
Just what to expect from Nike. Sporty and energetic design.
A blue background, appropriate padding and rounded corners make this simple design look vibrant and attractive.
This is one of the good examples of design optimization for the iPhone. It clearly looks like it was really made for the iPhone, not just duplicated.
Ready For iPhone
A company that provides iPhone optimized website solutions. The finger on the “Go” looks intuitive.
3. Shopping / E-Commerce Link
A single-product e-Commerce site. Branded very well.
This design doesn’t really meet the expectations from WalMart — however, the design is still in beta. The usability is good, though: it is very easy to search for products and stores. You can also create shopping lists.
4. Portfolio / Blog Link
5. Education / Content Link
Heaven for those who love to cook. Just keep your iPhone with you in the kitchen, and let this nice design help you make a delicious dinner.
Last but not least, some words of wisdom…
Tools to design a website for iPhone Link
There are some libraries and kits available to help you iPhoneize your design.
iPhoney gives you a pixel-accurate web browsing environment—powered by Safari—that you can use when developing web sites for iPhone. It’s a perfect tool to see how your web creations will look on iPhone.
- Test iPhone46
A web browser based simulator for quickly testing your iPhone web designs.
- iWebKit47 (Demo48)
iWebKit is a file package designed to help you create your own iPhone and iPod Touch compatible website or webapp. Comes with various ready-to-use themes.
- Intersquash50 (Demo51)
Not really a helpful tool for designing, but you can instantly create an iPhone compatible site from your RSS feed url.
For WordPress users: WPtouch transforms your WordPress blog into an iPhone application-style theme, complete with ajax loading articles and effects, when viewed from an iPhone or iPod touch.
- Jaipho Gallery (Demo53)
If your website features a photo gallery, Jaipho will optimize it for iPhone users.
Further Resources Link
Don’t stop here. Check out these other great tutorials and guidelines.
- iPhone Reference Library54
Apple’s official iPhone reference library for developers. It has everything you need to get started: guidelines, code-examples, tutorials, etc.
- How to build a website for iPhone55
This step-by-step tutorial includes everything you need to do when building a website for iPhone. Instructions for orientation direction also included.
- iPhone Compatible CSS layouts56
Free website layouts which work in all the common web browsers including Safari on the iPhone and iPod touch.
- iPhone Interface Samples
This includes samples for iPhone interface elements like buttons, fonts, text, design patterns, hacks 6 more.
- iPhoneWebDev Examples
Very helpful examples for alot of things. Direction change, events, fonts, compression, etc.
- iPhone Application UI Design Patterns57
A showcase of designs optimized for iPhone.
- 1 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/08/11/how-to-create-your-first-iphone-application/
- 2 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/07/21/iphone-apps-design-mistakes-overblown-visuals/
- 3 https://www.smashingmagazine.com/2009/01/06/100-really-beautiful-iphone-wallpapers/
- 4 http://blip.tv/
- 5 http://blip.tv/
- 6 http://m.nbc.com/
- 7 http://m.nbc.com/
- 8 http://zinio.com/iphone
- 9 http://zinio.com/iphone
- 10 http://zinio.com/iphone
- 11 http://iphonetoolbox.com/dailywallpaper/
- 12 http://iphonetoolbox.com/dailywallpaper/
- 13 http://mindmediumcreative.com/iphone/
- 14 http://mindmediumcreative.com/iphone/
- 15 http://www.procab.ch/iphone/
- 16 http://www.procab.ch/iphone/
- 17 http://www.monterilla.cl/
- 18 http://www.monterilla.cl/
- 19 http://elementfusion.com/
- 20 http://elementfusion.com/
- 21 http://www.vw.com/mobile/iphone/
- 22 http://www.vw.com/mobile/iphone/
- 23 http://tornrobes.com/
- 24 http://tornrobes.com/
- 25 http://walmart.com/iphone
- 26 http://walmart.com/iphone
- 27 http://walmart.com/iphone
- 28 http://blog.worldending.jp/i
- 29 http://blog.worldending.jp/i
- 30 http://www.signalelement.com/iphone
- 31 http://www.signalelement.com/iphone
- 32 http://i.ocs13.com/
- 33 http://i.ocs13.com/
- 34 http://m.mit.edu/
- 35 http://m.mit.edu/
- 36 http://www.101cookbooks.com/iphonerecipes/
- 37 http://www.101cookbooks.com/iphonerecipes/
- 38 http://pleasefixtheiphone.com/
- 39 http://pleasefixtheiphone.com/
- 40 http://www.1881.no/iphone
- 41 http://www.1881.no/iphone
- 42 http://deviantart.com/
- 43 http://deviantart.com/
- 44 http://deviantart.com/
- 45 http://www.marketcircle.com/iphoney/
- 46 http://www.testiphone.com/
- 47 http://iwebkit.net/
- 48 http://demo.iwebkit.net/
- 49 http://code.google.com/p/iui/
- 50 http://www.intersquash.com/
- 51 http://www.intersquash.com/feed/a70c0c00
- 52 http://www.bravenewcode.com/wptouch/
- 53 http://www.jaiphodemo.info/
- 54 http://www.marketcircle.com/iphoney/
- 55 http://www.engageinteractive.co.uk/blog/2008/06/19/tutorial-building-a-website-for-the-iphone/
- 56 http://matthewjamestaylor.com/blog/perfect-multi-column-liquid-layouts
- 57 http://flyosity.com/application-design/iphone-application-design-patterns.php
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