29 Aug

A Look Inside The App Design Handbook

We are now less than a week away from The App Design Handbook launch (September 4th!) and I am getting really excited. I’ve spent a ton of time working on this guide and I can’t wait to share it with you. Today let’s take a peek inside and see what the book includes. First here is a sample section so that you can get a feel for the writing style and learn about styling your applications.

Update: The book is now live! Purchase it here »


Below is the full book outline. Make sure to signup with the email form below to be notified when the book launches.

The App Design Handbook Outline

  • Introduction
    • Getting Started
    • Notes & Terms
    • You Are a Designer
  • The Context
  • The Idea
    • The Importance of Execution
    • The Capabilities of the iPhone
    • Video First
    • The Idea Already Exists
    • Dream Big, Implement Small
    • Cutting the Idea Down
  • The Experience
    • Web or Native
    • Sketching the Experience
    • Selecting a Navigation Style
    • iPhone View Controllers
    • iPad View Controllers
    • Selecting the Wrong Navigation Style
    • The Implementation
    • iPad, iPhone, or Both
    • Preferences and Settings
    • Designing the Blank Slate
  • The Style
    • Entertainment or Utility
    • Thoughts on Skeuomorphism
    • Colors
    • Patterns & Textures
    • Adding Depth & Detail
    • Designing for the iPad
    • Applying Your Design Consistently
    • Typography
  • The Polish
    • Transitions
    • Animations
    • Designing Forms
    • Messages & Notifications
    • Sound
    • Using Icons
    • Usability Testing
    • Designing for the Retina Display
    • Tips & Tricks
    • Launch Images
  • The Marketing
    • Designing App Icons
    • App Store Screenshots
  • Case Studies
    • Using Spacing, Size, Color, & Contrast
    • Designing an App Login Screen
  • Closing Thoughts

In addition to the book itself different packages will include video tutorials, Photoshop and Xcode files, button templates, and a lot more. All of this is coming September 4th. I will be running a launch day sale, so you will want to signup below so you don’t miss the lower price.


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2 Responses to “A Look Inside The App Design Handbook”

  1. Jeremy says:

    I’ve been subscribed to the weekly newsletter for a while now. Can’t wait for this book to come out!

  2. Julia Oleson says:

    Nathan: Congratulations on your endeavor. Things are looking so good for you.

    Love from Grandpa Ray and Grandma Julia in Kansas.

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