May 21, 2012
I’m not shy with my love for Dropbox. It makes life easier in many different ways and it’s always great to find a new, unexpected benefit.
The Problem With Designing for Mobile
The context of where your design will live is extremely important. If you’re designing a poster, you want to get that design on print before deciding it’s done. The same idea holds true if you’re designing an interface for a car or a television. Seeing where that design will be experienced is an important step in completing the job.
For me, and most other web designers, we’re spoiled because the sites we work are instantly viewable in their context because we’re designing for the very machines we’re designing on.
Mobile Device Context
In the past, getting designs for mobile devices on to those devices to see what they look like in their environment has been a pain. I used to have to email jpegs to my phone and if there was any error in resolution or element I wanted to change, the whole nightmare process had to be repeated.
This sucks for me because I am notorious for making my mobile designs with contrast that’s too low. For some reason, proper mobile design contrast looks extremely exaggerated when building it on your computer screen.
Dropbox to the Rescue!
All was solved when I installed the Dropbox app on my phone. Now all I do is save those jpegs to a Dropbox folder and open them up on my phone. Changes are made instantaneously and I can know that every design I’m doing looks good and how I intended it to look to the user.
Dropbox is an easy (and now permanent) addition to my mobile design workflow.