Steven Hoober

Steven Hoober wrote the book on mobile design patterns, and is best known for his ongoing research into how people really use touchscreen phones and tablets. He is a reformed unicorn who has been a DBA and a FED but has focused on designing for mobile and multi-channel products since 1999, designing the first Google mobile search, the first mobile app store (for Sprint), mobile browsers including parts of the Samsung one you might be using right now, websites like and Lowe's home improvement, and apps for companies like Hallmark, US Bank and Cummins diesel.

Steven maintains a repository of mobile design and development information including all the content from the O'Reilly book Designing Mobile Interfaces at the 4ourth Mobile Patterns Wiki, regularly writes for UX Matters magazine, and UX Magazine, among other writing and speaking.

If you want me to speak at your event, check out my speaking policies first.

Español Steven es un autor y consultor conocido principalmente por su investigación continua sobre cómo las personas realmente utilizan los teléfonos y tablets. Es autor del libro “Designing Mobile Interfaces: Patterns for Interaction Design”. Ha participado en el diseño de apps para empresas como, Hallmark, US Bank y Cummins.

Polskie Steven napisał książkę o wzorcach mobilnych projektów i jest najbardziej znany ze swoich ciągłych badań nad tym, jak ludzie naprawdę używają telefonów i tabletów z ekranem dotykowym. Projektuje produkty mobilne i wielokanałowe, m. in. pierwsze Google Mobile Search, pierwszy sklep z aplikacjami mobilnymi (dla Sprint), przeglądarki mobilne, w tym części Samsunga, witryny takie jak i Lowe's, oraz aplikacje dla takich firm jak Hallmark, US Bank i Cummins Diesel. Steven jest współtwórcą książki O'Reilly Designing Mobile Interfaces oraz publikuje artykuły na stronie 4ourth Mobile Patterns Wiki, a także regularnie pisze dla magazynu UX Matters.

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Speaking Policy

As you may have noticed, I will happily share information with anyone. I'd love to come to your conference, workshop series, or other event. But, since I have spent so much time and money on this over the last few years, I want to be clear what I do, under what conditions:

I will:

You will:

I don't have any demands aside from those listed. I have no fixed fees. I don't demand money to account for notional lost business, or anything.

Note: I only really speak English. If not all your attendees are fluent in it, tell me so I can deliver the deck early with extra words for translation, so everyone can follow along a little better.

If you want me to come talk to or train your company, in such a way there should probably be an NDA, you should contact me to arrange this as a piece of paid work, and to make sure it addresses the specific needs of your organization.

Quotes About How Awesome I am

"It’s possible that Steven Hoober has done more research than any one human being on mobile and in his presentation, Tools for Mobile UX Design and How People Really Hold and Touch he definitely provided the data proving it! I recommend that anyone who is doing mobile design watch this presentation, which provides great heuristics to keep in mind in terms of text size, visible target, finger size, design by zones and more. He also has for sale on his website,, a great little tool, which enables UX designers to evaluate their mobile design based upon actual text and finger size!" Lisa L. Trager

Other Online Resources

Slideshare and YouTube also include items on land navigation and sensors, but just ignore those.

Other Photos

Mostly for me, in case I need another promotional ones. These are approved by my wife as things where I don't look stupid and am not doing something (mostly: shooting) that would offend some people.

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