Designing the user interface of a mobile application is tricky due to the large amount of data and content you are trying to fit onto a relatively small screen. One of the best ways of addressing this issue is by incorporating the right design patterns into your mobile system. The most successful mobile application companies, such as Houzz, Instagram, Pinterest, and Wunderlist, have already done the hard work of innovating patterns that make data and content management as simple and intuitive for the user as possible. Rather than innovating from scratch, we may instead leverage these existing design patterns to our competitive advantage.
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Aristotle once said that “Without friends, no one would choose to live, though he had all other goods.” Similarly, mobile apps can have a lot of cool features, but without incorporating a social aspect into them, they may not be the best they can be. Which is not to say that all apps require social features – apps such as your bank account app or Google Maps probably don’t need social utilities at all. But for many mobile apps, the social aspect can be very advantageous, because people strive for human connection. By integrating social features into your mobile UI design, you not only facilitate human relationship, but also drive more traffic to your app.
Perhaps the most important thing to keep in mind when designing a mobile application is to make sure it is both useful and intuitive. If the app is not useful, it has no additional value and no one has any reason to use it. If it is useful yet entails a steep learning curve, people won’t bother learning how to use it. Good UI design addresses both of these design problems, and as discussed in Successful Mobile Applications: Using UI Design Patterns, the formalized best practices for solving common design problems are known as design patterns. Understanding and recognizing today’s newest and most trending design patterns can give you a huge leg-up in the industry of mobile application design, so that your next app will be fresh and competitive.
The most successful mobile apps are the easiest to use. They do not require much time to learn functionality, nor do they require much effort to maintain usage. People like simplicity – nobody wants to spend an hour trying to figure out how an app works. Yet at the same time, you also want an app that delivers useful value to some aspect of your life. How can you balance these two qualities in the design of a mobile application?
We recently explored the top web and mobile wireframe examples and pattern sources and came up with and extensive list that we think will be valuable any designer expanding the workshop. We’ve put it all together into a guide. This is an abstract from the original chapter by Chris Bank in The Guide to Wireframing.
One of the reasons why wireframes are often confused is that they come in many forms and can serve many purposes. A “quick-check” of what wireframes are doesn’t point to one single object – just try searching for wireframes in Google images. We like to call it the 50 shades of wireframes:
Who uses wireframes, what’s their purpose & how do they work together
Wireframing is an important tool for product design and development.
Whether you’re building the next hot startup or a solid website or mobile application, wireframes are invaluable in keeping everyone on the same page – not just product managers, designers, and engineers. And they can be changed really quickly to accommodate the collaborative and iterative nature of product design and development, especially in agile startups and enterprises.
Folks at UX Poland are doing a great job promoting User Experience in Europe. Every year they hold a conference where, so that people interested in UX can meet, exchange thoughts, improve their skills on workshops and listen to some of the prominent thought leaders of the industry – live! Amazing event, amazing peolpe – let’s here it from the organisers of this years’s UX Poland held in Warsaw, Poland on 9 – 11 April 2014!
– Mateusz Makosiewicz, UXPin CMO
It’s all about solving real problems with design. UX Poland is devoted to embrace, promote and most importantly spread the word and educate issues about User Experience, Usability and Information Architecture. We address them to both experienced professionals as well as students and UX.
New UI elements at your service – we’ve updated the Flat UI library with a set called “Flat UI Kit”.
We partnered up with one of the best mobile design teams in Poland to prepare this special treat for you – mobile trends for 2014 explained and illustrated.