It can’t be said that a poor mobile application design can lead to the failure of the app in the market. The design is eminent, especially when your target is a small screen mobile devices. This is so because while designing for shorter attention spans, the design must perform at blazingly high speed. In another way, it won’t be incorrect to say that if you want your app to go viral, its interface must be designed to ensure its easy accessibility for new users while making it enticing for those who are experienced.
To make your application stand out in the pool and efficiently boost your business values, it is imperative to embrace the latest mobile design trends while keeping the aspects of an intuitive interface in mind. While there are certain design elements that must be avoided, there are some creative twists which are required to be incorporated in a positive way. Considering these things will certainly help you design a remarkable UX and thus, benefit your business.
In this article, I have uncovered some simple and ultimate mobile application designing guidelines that can help you deliver an application with an astounding interface. Let’s decipher the resourceful mobile application design techniques.
1. Integrate Familiar Mobile Patterns For Better Usability
There are several device-specific mobile design facets, including orientation, thumb placements, etc. Thus, doing a thorough research beforehand and incorporating patterns with which users are already comfortable will help create a good UX.
Since, users often don’t like many surprises while interacting with a UI, trying to amaze your viewers with some experiment might backfire. This doesn’t mean to exactly copy the existing designs. It simply means – show your creativity, but without hindering the basic usability. This will definitely help you create an interesting user interface.
Here are the two factors to master upon for creating an intuitive and usable mobile app.
Gestures – There are certain gestures that can be integrated into an application to heighten the interface interactions on touchscreen devices. These gestures include pinching, tapping, double tapping, holding, swiping, and stretching (like zooming). By implementing these conventions, you can aptly create a sensible design.
Animations – When animations are integrated along with gestures, it takes UX a notch higher. You can animate UI elements to create an innovative design pattern. However, while doing so, it is imperative to ensure intuitiveness otherwise it can ruin all your efforts and hamper the app usability.
2. Design To Deliver Layers Of Experience
Users who are already familiar with mobile apps often find advanced functions most intriguing and captivating. Thus, to make an application interface that can satisfy both novice and experienced mobile users, design something that can offer greater usability to users while instantly creating an incredible impression.
3. Take Fat Fingers Into Account
Unlike the mouse cursor (which is pixel-precise), fingers are much thicker. In fact the size of a finger varies among different users. Therefore, while designing an interface for touchscreen devices with a smaller screen real estate, it is worth to consider a finger-friendly design.
Design the UI while ensuring a convenient UX by allowing your users to tap on desired UI element just with their fingertip. By incorporating appropriate space and keeping buttons at a suitable distance, you can create a worthwhile experience and control the application abandonment rate (which is generally caused when users are annoyed with a clumsy interface).
It has been observed that the fingers’ size usually ranges between 45-57 pixels. However, it is advisable to take a note of the way in which your potential users are interacting with your app. This can be proficiently accomplished by running mobile usability test for your application.
4. Scour The User Behavior Before Designing Touch Targets
A mobile device can be held and accessed in different fashions. By considering the mobile user behavior, it has been observed that there are only three ways that users often use to operate a mobile device. These include,
Holding device with one hand and operating it with one thumb
Holding device with two hands and operating it with an index finger
Holding device with two hands and operating it with two thumbs
By keeping this user behavior in mind, you can scrutinize the screen area that can be accessed with ease. Thereby placing the essential UI elements (like CTA buttons) in this region, you can efficiently streamline user interactions.
5. Make Navigation A Breeze
Easy navigation is the key to create an interactive and intuitive application. Make it certain that your app includes all the crucial UI elements that can add to its UX while making the app easily navigable. Here are certain tips to help you add value to your stunning application.
Include the search button to allow your users to conveniently find a desired content.
Display the navigation bar with all the relevant buttons at the top of the screen.
Design neat, clean and attractive navigation buttons.
Define directions in a concise and precise manner for creating an effective and efficient flow of actions.
The look and feel of an application plays a crucial role in its success. If you want to create an exquisite application that can be accessed efficiently across a range of mobile devices by all types users (including rookie and experts), there are certain guidelines that must be thoroughly considered while designing. The aforementioned are a few effective techniques that can help you win your potential users’ interest and ensure the success of your application with a prolific interface design.
Author Signature: Addison Cohen is a mobile app developer working with Appsted Ltd, the leading iPhone application development service provider which delivers most comprehensive mobile application solutions. He loves sharing latest information on mobile technologies like iOS, Android development processes.