Okay!! So, you have decided to give mobile app design a try, but you are not sure where to start. Don’t worry we have got you covered. In this blog, we will describe five things you need to know to start designing mobile applications.
This guide intended for beginners in mobile app design. If you have some skills, take a look at our blog roundup that will walk you through different aspects of how to build an app, in detail. So, let’s start our blog.
What is mobile app design?
To put it very broadly, mobile apps designers are in charge of making an app look good, while developers make it work properly. Mobile app design encompasses both the user experience(UX) and user interface(UI). Designers are responsible for the overall style of the application, including things like the color scheme, font selection, and the types of buttons and widgets the user will use. So where do you start? At first.
Which platform should I design for?
Depending on your reasons for wanting to design mobile apps, you may already know which platform you want to work with and why. But, if you’re just starting out and you’re not sure which one is right for you, get the one which is more familiar to you.
If you are an Android user, design for Android. If you are an iOS user, start there. Alternatively, you can decide on the design of both, but it's best not to bite off more than you can chew, at least not at first.
What tools should I use?
Once you know what platform you are designing
for, the next step is to choose the right web design tools to get the job done.
When it comes to designing a mobile app, the good news is you can use generally
both the tools for the same platform.
There are many option for app design which include Adobe Photoshop, Adobe XD, and Sketch. And also, many more tools for designing the mobile apps but these are the heavy hitters in the industry.
You may think that Photoshop is your best choice for mobile app design, especially if you have used it for other types of design work, however when it comes to designing mobile apps you are better off using Adobe XD or Sketch.
Sketch is considered the de facto standard here, although Adobe XD is putting up some stiff competition as it recently added design systems.
One of the main reasons to use Adobe XD or Sketch over something like Photoshop is that these two tools are built with design and prototyping in mind. They help streamline your design workflows and are geared towards UI and UX designers, while Photoshop is more for image manipulation.
What tips we follow for the Mobile App Design?
1. Make it responsive and adaptable to portable devices
2. Use animations and micro-interactions. Let the design interact with the user.
3. Show it, don’t say it.
4. Stay minimal.
5. Sometimes the new is the old that is overlooked. Use neomorphism and serif fonts tastefully.
6. Use faster moving speeds for 3D graphics.
7. Add a voice interface.
8. Increase customization options.
9. Create a seamless interface, from the first touch to the final goal.
Mobile application development has taken center stage, and more and more population has accessibility to smartphones. To stay on top of the competition, you need to build mobile apps that appeal to your target user base, lest all your efforts prove to be useless.
With this knowledge, you can design mobile applications more efficiently, with less pressure from your developer, while at the same time fostering a more collaborative environment.
Also, in case you still have any doubts regarding some of the app design tips mentioned above, feel free to comment below your queries. Our kikde team of MobileAppDaily experts will contact you as soon as possible with the right solution for your query related to the design of your mobile application.