Designing mobile
applications

Designing - one of the most important stages of creating an application. The first impression of the product it is based on how it looks and how easy it is to use. Research show that more than 75% of users launch the application once and never return to it. in order for your mobile product not to suffer such a fate, you need to take into account a number of important points at the stage design.

From idea to prototype

Designing a mobile application from scratch consists of five steps:

Idea

Идея

The product starts with an idea. But not every idea is suitable for implementation. Before you start developing an application that may be unclaimed by users, ask yourself a few questions:

  • why do you need an application, what goals do you want to achieve with it;
  • what your project may interest users;
  • do you have a website on which you can create an application;
  • are there similar products, as far as they are convenient and useful.

After the answers to these questions have been received, you can begin to develop a strategy that will fall into the foundation of the future application.

Strategy

Strategy

Before embarking on designing an application based on an idea, it is necessary to outline a further path. develop and draw up a strategy. A good strategy takes into account:

  • company goals;
  • user interests;
  • the type of future application;
  • equipment on which the application will run, software;
  • platforms for which the application will be created - iOS and / or Android;
  • budget and time spent on work.

At the strategy stage, a list of application functions is compiled, user scenarios are thought out, interface design and solutions. After that, experts make the technical task.

Technical task

Technical task

All application development is based on the technical task. Detailed TK eliminates ambiguity and gives a clear picture of the scope of work and the timing of implementation.

The basis of the document with TK are requirements for the technical characteristics of the application, functional capabilities, components, recommendations on design and branding elements. At the request of the customer in technical task can include additional information that will help reveal the features project.

UX/UI design

UX/UI design

After drawing up the terms of reference, UX / UI designers proceed to business. UI design is related to external kind of mobile apps. At this stage, specialists create fonts, icons, images and other visual elements for the interface. UX design focuses on building the logic of the project, the connections between various functions so that users interact with the product with positive emotions.

When all elements are drawn, decisions on structure and navigation are created, you need to make sure that The application is intuitive, takes into account various behaviors. Then you can proceed to the next stage - the development of a prototype.

Prototype

Прототип

The final stage of designing any mobile applications is the creation of an interactive prototype. A prototype is a sample that allows you to test a product, understand how it looks, how comfortable it is with him to interact.

The finished prototype allows you to evaluate:

  • are all customer requirements for the application properly implemented?
  • how comfortable the product is in terms of usability and design;
  • are there any errors that need to be fixed;
  • are other technological solutions possible for the implementation of the application, other than those that were provided for earlier.

Thus, with the help of the prototype, we solve several problems at once: we are testing key design solutions without development costs, we minimize the risks in order to achieve maximum product quality.

After approval of design, layout, content and functionality, the finished prototype is sent to to developers.

Why the application design phase is so important

Any detail, if not tested in practice, can adversely affect user experience. and ruin the whole project. Adding or removing features at a later stage of development leads to changes in the code and architecture, increases the launch time and requires additional investments in the budget. Working on the application during the design process will help to avoid misunderstandings between specialists and customer and achieve the desired result.