Top tips for mobile app design

Top tips for mobile app design

Top tips for mobile app design

To tips for mobile app design

As mobile app specialists, we think we know a thing or two about killer design. And while we don’t want to give away all of our secrets we think it’s a good idea to collaborate and share ideas. That way, we can all learn, progress and innovate.

So here are some of our top ideas on how to produce superb mobile apps.

Colour hierarchies

Colour value can be used to denote purpose. If we look at this purely in terms of black and grey scale, start with a black button at the top, and gradually fade the shades down through grey to white. The darkest button at the top, the black one, is of most value to the user and this recedes as we go down the colour chart. It’s a catchy visual clue that aids user experience.

You can use familiar colours, such as red and green for good and bad options, or create your own.

Class is permanent, logos are temporary

Logos are very much designed to reflect the times and as such, they date very quickly. If you’ve been using yours for a while, it might not seem like there’s anything wrong with it but it might be looking a little tired.

After all, there’s a reason that most major companies are constantly updating theirs. Think about Coca-Cola. You might not think the logo has changed but check out their designs from the 80s, 90s and 00s and you’ll notice they are constantly keeping things fresh.

Define and repeat

If one ‘continue’ button is coloured green, then keep them all green throughout the app. This colour consistency is key to great UXP. Define your elements as early on in the app as possible, then repeat when necessary.

Most apps are essentially the same, so the devil is in the details

That’s right, most apps are basically just lists at their most basic. So creating divisions between your lists using design elements such as underlining and capitals can help to break up the list roll.

Stick to familiar patterns

There is a time and place to reinvent the wheel, and this is not it. As we’ve said above, most apps are basically the same. That’s fine, that’s just how they work. So don’t stray too far from the formula. By all means use different fonts, define and repeat design motifs but you have to make sure the flow is always the same. If not, users quickly lose interest and your app gets shelved.

If you’d like to know more about mobile app design, then get in touch and speak to a member of the designaweb team.

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