Interactive Design Techniques

Smart Phone Apps for AgriLabsSmart Phone Apps for Platte-Clay Electric

Interactive Smart Phone Apps

AgriLabs Smart Phone App
Smart Phone App developed for AgriLabs to have people register with them through QR-Codes at the World Dairy Expo in 2012. This was programmed with jQuery Mobile, which is a scripting language written specifically for mobile devices. It takes advantage of HTML5 / CSS3 / PHP and object oriented Javascript – which are state of the art technologies for smart phone apps.

PCEC-Mobile Smart Phone App
Smart Phone App developed for Platte-Clay Electric Cooperative. Written using PHP and jQuery Mobile like the example above, this app was developed as an additional utility for cell phone users accessing the Platte-Clay web site. The main site is responsive so it also works on cell phones, but PCEC Mobile provides quicker access to all of the navigation. It also provides additional pages internally for paying bills online, checking the storm center outage map, and contacting the company.

Responsive Design VS Device Specific
jQuery Mobile is great if you’re designing exclusively for mobile devices, but then responsive programming has the added advantage of working on a much wider range of devices – everything from desktop computer monitors to mobile phones. So I would generally recommend responsive design over something more device specific.

If you’re installing a responsive mobile app directly on an iPhone or an iPad for example, it will work just fine on either device. But if you later decide to host it on a web server as a regular web site, you’ll already know that’s no problem – since it was originally designed to work well on everything!

Mobile friendly sites are a big deal now, and even search engines won’t rank your site as high if it’s not responsive. You can check to see if your site is mobile friendly at the following Google Developer link,

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