Interview with Matt Bango of the New York Times
Every now and again a web designer comes along that pushes the limits of what's possible with Mobify. Matt Bango, a web designer at the New York Times, has done it for his mobile view - media-rich portfolio with some stunning photos (catch a glimpse in the Mobify Showcase - http://mobify.me/gallery/mattbangophotography/ ). Matt kindly answered our questions - see the answers below!
Why did you decide to take your website mobile?
Photographers and artists in general are becoming more interested in ways to uniquely share their work when they aren't near a computer and don't have a printed portfolio with them. The best solution is obviously some way to showcase their work on a mobile device. I decided now was the time to try to go mobile as the number of mobile devices is finally at a point where it is worth while to create a mobile version.
What was your experience with Mobify and how long did it take?
Mobifying my site was a breeze, I had my initial templates and a mobile version set up in 15 minutes once I had an understanding of the interface. I took another 1 - 2 hours to tweak and spend some time focusing on the details of my mobile site. Being able to select pieces of content from my site and letting the templates handle any dynamic content makes converting almost any site fast and painless. The "design" view is great for adding in any custom CSS and you get an auto-updated preview on the fly which makes testing very fast and easy. I couldn't be more happy with Mobify and how easy it was and will continue to Mobify my other sites!
What mobile devices do you own? How do you browse the mobile web?
I own a iPhone 3GS and use Safari daily to browse to new content when I'm on the go. I usually find my interesting links via Twitter or my RSS reader, but occasionally will use mobile Safari just like I would if I were sitting on a computer. Safari on the iPhone makes it fairly easy to view non-mobile versions of sites, however it can get annoying and slow to constantly be zooming in and out to view content. I always prefer a mobile version of a site, even on the iPhone.
Good job Matt - keep on mobifying!