How do you stand out amongst the millions of iPhone apps competing for attention? With a fabulous design, that's how! Holger Sindbaek of app community Meerli selects some of his favourites.
Five years have passed since Steve Jobs stood on a stage in Mountain View and said, "One last thing...", and those five years have been fast and furious. Over half a million apps have now been uploaded to Apple's App Store, not to mention the huge numbers of Android and Windows Phone apps that have been made available - but design-wise few of them can truly be considered beautiful.
The last year, however, has seen some mobile applications pop up with amazing-looking user interfaces that offer fantastic user experience. To encourage this trend, some friends and I have created a community, Meerli, to enable exceptional mobile designers to connect and share their work.
Here are 20 designs we've found that we think can inspire you and bring mobile design into a new era.
"Thanks to Hollywood Camera Work’s new app Shot Designer, you can now design and block camera coverage of your scene almost as fast as you can think it — even on your mobile device. An intuitive interface allows precise control for plotting (and animating) all the essential aspects of shooting your scene in a classic top-down diagram style. A limited (single-scene-at-a-time) release is available for free, and the $20 Pro version has some key perks too. Read on for the intro video and a more detailed list of Shot Designer’s features.
Here’s the basic rundown of what the free version of the app allows you to design (and why it’s so cool):"
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Some users find your app on the App Store (or Google Play Store), and some find about it on the web. No matter how many visitors you manage to bring to your app website or landing page, if they don't end up downloading your app then it's useless.
A lot more work goes into designing the perfect user interface than meets the eye. Beyond creating something that simply looks good, the usability of your product is everything. Some designers are able to create highly usable interfaces on intuition alone, but no matter what, these designs should always be put to the test before a wide-scale launch — it will save a lot of headaches for you and your users.
ZURB, a company that has long specialized in reshaping the design process, is now ready to share its latest free Web app, Plunk (the little sister of Verify).
Most simply, Plunk is a service that lets you put together click tests for your mobile designs. In other words, this basic tool reveals a lot about user intuition, by testing where users press (click) in response to a task at hand. That in turn shows you how well you’re guiding users, screen by screen.
Here’s an example use case: You’re creating a mobile site and want to make sure the navigation icons are easily understood by your users. Plunk lets you turn screenshots of your design into tests like “Tap on the profile icon” or “Where would you tap to create a new item?”. How well the users perform reflects your design’s usability.
"Now moreso than ever — especially with the rise of responsive web design, mobile web use and native iOS/Android development — it’s crucial that you test mobile screens to ensure they work."
"Designers, developers and business minds will appreciate the comprehensive analytics and visuals that Plunk reports provide. The goal is to further understanding of how a user interprets a design and hasten the iteration process on mobile screens in development."
There’s no doubt that mobile devices are only becoming more and more important, and so everything from apps to mobile-optimized sites should be tested. Then, after setting up a test, anyone on a mobile device or even a desktop (using a simulated phone) can participate for 48 hours. All the while, you can view the results of how closely users come to meeting your set goal. UX testing is important, and this is one of many ways to make sure your work is in tip-top shape.
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