App resources: iPhone App Design Manual

For any developers out there looking to strike out on their own in the world of iOS app development, I’ve come across a great companion – the recently published iPhone App Design Manual. 

Featuring more than 150 pages on app design, the book will guide you through everything you need to know to create that killer iPhone app. From an introduction to how apps are made, through to market research and detailed chapters on design, before finally going into how prepare final artwork and files for a developer. There’s also a comprehensive glossary at the back, which can come in handy.

The iPhone App Design Manual (written by Dave Brown, published by iLex Press) is a brilliant reference for talking ideas through with clients. Where I can see it being especially useful is during prototyping workshops, letting you show various different examples of interface elements and consider transitions, which all helps guide the design process.

Once you’ve prototyped your app, the book is also a useful resource for a graphic designer looking at interface and icon design. While the book’s not an exhaustive bible, it’s handy to have a single source language for users, designers and developers.

The publishers are also offering the chance to win copies of the iPhone App Design Manual on Twitter, so check out @iPhoneAppDesign for the chance to get your hands on one.

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