Your website’s only as strong as the weakest device you’ve tested it on.
The book by Destiny Montague and Lara Hogan is online for free with a Creative Commons licence:
Learn to build a device lab with advice on purchasing, power solutions, and much more in this handy pocket guide.
This might be the most remote open device lab yet. Looks pretty great.
Lara and her colleague Destiny Montague have published a ridiculously useful handbook on setting up a device lab. For such a small book, it’s surprisingly packed with information.
Brad points out the importance of supporting—which is not the same as optimising for—the non-shiny devices out there.
I really like using the Kindle’s browser as a good baseline for checking that information is available and readable.
Mat unveils Boston’s open device lab, and provides a beautiful raison d’être while he’s at it:
Websites work everywhere by default, and they stay that way so long as we know how not to break them. That’s what the Open Web means to me: ensuring that entire populations just setting foot on the web for the first time will find it welcoming, regardless of the devices or connections used to get there.
Pictures and plans for building a plywood stand for your device lab. I definitely want one of these for the Clearleft office.
Ryan describes the research and process behind putting together a device lab for Happy Cog in Austin. Good stuff, with handy links gathered together at the end.
A communal device lab in Stockholm.
Andy makes a good point here, point out the difference between device testing and design testing:
When I’m designing, it’s incredibly important for me to quickly gain an affinity with how my design feels when I hold it in my hands.
A great article that looks at everything you need to know to set up a communal device lab in your town.
There’s an open device lab starting up in Washington DC. If you’re in the area, get in touch and share your devices.
This looks like a great idea: a centralised place for listing open device labs (and hopefully getting some sponsorship from device manufacturers).
Jason has set up a mailing list for open device labs. If you are running one, or thinking of setting one up, you should sign up to share ideas and knowledge.
There’s an open device lab in Cape Town now. Excellent!
An excellent in-depth article from Anna on the many gaming devices out there that have both an internet connection and a web browser.
There’s a communal testing lab just outside London and they’ve got a very nifty set-up for their devices.
Now Amsterdam has a communal device lab.
First we take Manhattan…
Berlin now has a communal device lab. Wunderbar!
London now has its own device lab (at the Mozilla offices).
If you’re in London and you have an old phone you could contribute, please, please add it to the contribution.