Device Ponderings

I’ve been listening to a lot of podcasts lately. Most of them have been quite geeky and to be honest, it’s been Jen Simmon’s on The Web Ahead. She’s lately been interviewing a lot of people about mobile, Jason Grigsby, Luke Wroblewski, and most recently, Lyza Danger Gardner. As I work on different projects, I’ve been thinking about all these devices and what it means for what I build.

I try with each and every project to build a good foundation, whether the client actively brings up the desire for something that will work on mobile. I feel lucky that I do have a client thinking this way, so I am working hard to set up a foundation to prepare for how we will adapt the product to work on different devices. But I must admit, that I am more and more amazed when it isn’t brought up at all. Meeting people where they are is so important and as more devices come out I continue to think about this and wonder what the best way forward is. I feel fortunate to be in a community that is also thinking about it too, because they feed my need to learn and push myself.

What I have come to realize is that I really, really want to work with folks who are doing thinking about all these really complicated, tricky ideas. I am excited that I have a project where we are talking about it and I can’t wait to see where it goes in the future, but I also really hope that more projects come my way where in the initial kick off meetings how to meet people where they are is discussed, whatever form that takes is not as important as actually talking about it. Speaking of which, if you have projects like this and you need help, I would love to help you out.