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MP420 Designing for Mobile

Certificate Track: Designing and Developing for Mobile

To say that mobile is the next big thing is an understatement. Mobile devices already account for 50% of all Internet connections and half of all local searches. App downloads are skyrocketing. Building a mobile version of your website is no longer optional, and it's increasingly being done first. This course surveys the core principles and techniques essential to designing and building for mobile devices. Concepts, strategies, tactics, and best practices covered in the course are applicable to both mobile websites and apps. An introduction to CSS3 and HTML5 capabilities, such as geolocation, local storage, and media queries, leads into Developing for Mobile, the next course in the series.

What You Cover

  • Content Strategy & Ideation
  • User Experience Design for Mobile
  • Mobile First/Responsive Web Design
  • Visual Design for Mobile
  • App vs. Mobile Web

Instructor: Gene Ehrbar

Gene Ehrbar Designing for Mobile Portland State Professaional Development Center isite designA mobile developer and strategist, Gene Ehrbar has experience translating a variety of challenging client technical needs into elegant and durable online systems. As director of mobile solutions at ISITE Design, he works with clients to craft mobile strategies that align with their broader digital strategy and business goals, and leads a team of solution providers developing innovative native mobile apps and mobile Web applications and sites. Prior to ISITE, Mr. Ehrbar founded and ran Portland-based firm Anomaly Incorporated for 14 years, specializing in Web and mobile application development.

 Instructor: Brian Payne

Brian Payne Designing for Mobile Portland State Professaional Development Center isite designBrian Payne, director of technical strategy at ISITE Design, has 15 years of software architecture and web application development experience. In his role at ISITE, Brian leads the technical architecture team, evaluates new technologies, and plays an integral role in client strategy. Prior to ISITE, Brian owned Swipht Technologies for five years, a successful consulting firm focused on content management solutions and custom web application development.


The following books are strongly recommended for this course. They are available on Amazon, or the retailer of your choice: Responsive Web Design and Mobile First.
Bonus recommendation: Content Strategy for Mobile.


This is not a class on Web Design 101, Photoshop, Illustrator or iOS SDK.

Interested in bringing this course onsite? Please contact Carmen Schwisow.

Credit Registration Information
This course is available for an optional  credit (additional $55) via PSU's credit registration system. Please see our credit registration instructions on how to register for the credit section of this course.  Use the course CRN number listed when registering via the credit registration system.

Applies Towards the Following Certificate(s)
Designing and Developing for Mobile