I’ve been involved with designing for mobile since 2001, the age of the text-only dinosaur phones. We’ve come a long way since pre-smartphone days, but the challenge remained constant. It’s a great design exercise to reduce things to their essential elements and essence for mobile.

 



 

Server Manager mobile comp

Server Manager mobile (exploration)

Microsoft Corp.
2012

Not shipped, but envisioned how the modern Server Manager application would be best used on a Windows phone for use by IT Pros. Focus was on presenting just enough information. Used an early form of the Microsoft Design Language.

 



 

Server Manager comp

Server Manager tablet (exploration)

Microsoft Corp.
2012

Not shipped, but envisioned how the modern Server Manager application would be best used on a Microsoft Surface for IT Pros. Focus was on presenting just enough information. Used an early form of the Microsoft Design Language.

 



 

The Crafties iPhone app

“The Crafites” by Sharon Melanie Pell

iPhone app
2011

Children’s book by my sister, Sharon Melanie Pell. Designed, Coded and Tested this animated eBook for early version of the iPhone. Done natively in Objective C for iOS, it featured high resolution images and sound. Not submitted to the Apple Store.

 



 

MSN Mobile g-phone

MSN Mobile “g-phone” (codename)

Microsoft Corp.
2001

One of the earliest graphic mobile applications to come to Java-based phones in the early 2000’s. This app brought MSN Messenger and Hotmail capabilities to a new Verizon Wireless “smart” phone at that time. The entire app fit in 256k of memory. Unbelievable.

 



 

MSN Mobile

MSN Mobile “Lens” (codename)

covered by US Patent #10715944
Issued April 8, 2008

Microsoft Corp.
2001

Provided a simple UI mechanism for viewing multiple location data at the same time through composite layers. The key is the “lens” that swings in to overlay existing information while intelligently showing a mix. An idea well before its time, in fact, still hasn’t been realized properly on mobiles.