It was not long ago when no such things as mobile app designs existed and web designing just meant designing for desktop computers since smartphones did not exist. However, it would be very naïve to ignore their undeniable existence today since mobiles are the devices where the entire internet surfing happens now and this is the most-used device held by every hand in the world today. Brands all over the world hire mobile app designers to stay in the game, stay relevant and not become outdated. Businesses hire professionals for this task because they know how their app represents their brand and putting their best foot forward is the way they want things to go.
Following are a few useful tips for designing mobile apps:
1) Tips Regarding Navigation:
You would not want your app users to feel lost while surfing through your app. The only way to avoid that is by keeping navigation simple. Your users should have the clarity just by the looks of your app design to figure out where to go in order to find what they came in looking for. All the available features should be laid out appropriately tagged right on the main window to facilitate the users. Such apps are user-friendly and make the perfect go-to apps in comparison to the ones where items are several clicks away and reached by trial and error.
2) Control Sizes:
You must have had experiences with apps with microscopic control sizes, and you would know exactly what it is like to tap on the wrong control and reach a different universe you did not intend to enter. It can be extremely frustrating for the users and could discourage them from using your app again. The image below depicts the difference it makes.
3) Minimalistic Approach
Ever used an app with too much going on? Well, then you know the confusion is real. Complex app designs are simply unsuccessful because they can overwhelm the users hence keeping minimum content on screen would be a smart choice. Your users do not need to be provided with everything you have to offer on the interface. However, your content organization should be such that the user gets a crystal clear idea as to what features are available at a glance. Such an approach also helps achieve a neat and elegant look.
4) Font Size And Type
Pinching in and out to have a clear look at the content is the kind of labor you do not want to put your users through because it would simply infuriate them. The font size needs to be large for the text to be legible because the mobile screens are smaller. Generally, the legible text would be around 11 points at least. Meanwhile, font type matters as well because to be precise, it sets an overall tone of the app, for instance, it is very commonly observed for children’s apps to use the font Comic Sans MS because it looks cheery, playful, and not very intense. Hence it is best to select font type accordingly.
5) Form controls
Where your app requires users to fill up forms, it is best to keep the forms as easy and uncomplicated as possible because the majority of users would rather leave the app than fill up a long complex form since nobody has the time to do all that effort in a world as fast-moving as ours. Therefore, minimizing required inputs would be smart to make by only asking for the information necessary. Also, making use of existing information would be of great convenience in simplifying the form as well. Meanwhile, form controls can help in various other ways for instance by limiting the number of digits where a contact number is required.
6) Thumb Reach
Designing apps for mobiles means designing for small screens and one-handed use, which means you need to take a regular user’s thumb reach into consideration and keep control buttons within their easy thumb reach where they do not have to stretch their thumb or use their index finger because chances are, it would annoy the user. Easy-to-reach zones are very well illustrated in the image below
7) Consistent Design and Design Relevance
Consistent design is the key to a good app. It provides a neat and well-thought-of look, as well as makes the app look well put-together and cohesive. Differently designed pages of the same app give a very unprofessional and confused outlook. It includes coordinating color schemes, font types, icons, buttons, etc across the app. Meanwhile, in case your app is available on the web as well as mobile, their consistency is necessary too to keep the users from confusion and to give them a great experience hence web and mobile app design services need to go with the entire theme and purpose of the app so that nothing looks out of place in order to present that united front and avoiding a hotchpotch.
8) Safe And Unsafe Areas
It is important you know the safe and unsafe zones in terms of a mobile screen. Unsafe areas while designing a mobile app mean areas that are not susceptible to touch; these include a camera, notch, punch-hole, etc. Hence the design should be made keeping into consideration the unsafe areas and making full use of safe areas which includes the rest of the phone screen where everything is visible.
Your app is your business’ mode of communication to the rest of the world, hence you need to make sure it is on point to leave that lasting impression you want whilst embracing the fact that your mobile app needs to be designed differently than your website for desktop since they are both different devices with very different screen sizes.