February 9th, 2010

Designing Web sites for iPad

Filed under: Essays — Ondřej Válka @ 00:32

Our life is easier when facilitated by computers, not when facilitating the life of computers.

Some of the Web site UI design principles that are likely to change in the emerging screen-only computer era. Remember that these principles are just as appropriate for standard Web site UI design as for the iPad specific design.

Rest in pieces

  • :hover effect is gone.
  • Tiny UI elements such as small links, tiny carousel controls are out.
  • Fluid width would never return again.
  • In pixels we trust, in type-only resizing we don’t.
  • Cash? No Flash.
  • Stop the pop-up windows.

Welcome home

  • Zoom together with details that matter.
  • A page fold redefined.
  • The neverending story of 1024×768.
  • Change of navigation (within a page—horizontal scrolling).
  • More standards and more AJAX.

And not only the design itself will change—iPad can become a suitable prototyping tool too.

Further reading


  1. GIVISION | Jiri Mocicka

    Be careful with Ajax we experienced some difficulties which can not be solved even with Ajax. Definitely web kit can be solution. Other way round rest f the audience is basically out because web-kit is just for Safari so we have to wait – again.

    Appreciate your work

    Greenwich | London

    February 9th, 2010 at 01:07
  2. Jan Sládek

    Some really good thoughts you have here. Thanks.

    Do you think, that 1024×768 is actually relevant even with iPhone Safari zooming?

    Do you think that we will see emerging browsers which will be sending touch events to web apps?

    I’m looking forward to discuss all of it it at 3PS. It could be really interesting topic for everyone.

    February 9th, 2010 at 19:24
  3. Ondřej Válka

    Well, I hope for some new browsers that would be able to handle touch events. However, it might be a bit more difficult to implement.

    And the resolution, well… I don’t know. I think, that about 1000 pixels wide viewport would last for at least some following years.

    February 9th, 2010 at 21:04