5 Things You Need to Consider When Designing an Application UI
We longer live in an era, wherein an application interface design was designed keeping in mind some specific platforms, and ideally a PC. But, with incessant rise in mobile usage than desktop or PCs, you need to think beyond a PC and focus more on creating user interfaces (or UI) design for mobile apps. Besides, a good a design coupled with unique user experiences plays a vital role in making a successful app.
Creating a UI for mobile apps brings forth many challenges, and the most important one is to design one that works well on multiple OS’s and various browsers. In this post, we’ll talk about 5 important considerations, you must keep in mind before kick-starting the design process of your mobile app UI design.
# Maintain Consistency in UI Design
When designing a user interface for mobile apps, we often add unusual features in a bid to attract attention of application users, however it can affect user’s retention. This is simply because not all of the users like to be amazed with bizarre and abstruse interface design. Rather your interface design ought to maintain consistency in data flow, and integrates comprehensible functions that execute smoothly within your app.
# Finger-Sized Touch Targets Are Ideal
A button size in a mobile application UI design is limited by the size of a finger. And thus, if the fingers are small, your target audience may find difficulty in operating the device by touching the buttons. Simply put, users may find it hard to hit smaller touch buttons compared to larger ones.
And so, when creating a UI design, make sure that the touch targets (i.e. the buttons) are big enough to make it easy for users to tap. Wondering how much big your touch target should be? For this, you need to measure the your device screen size and size of the touch targets.
# How to Position the UI Elements?
In general, the UI elements within an application are placed either at the bottom or at the extreme top of the screen. But, as most of the mobile users browse throughout their device primarily using the thumb, application elements placed at the top will be harder to reach by right-handed users. And rather the thumb can be used to access the elements positioned at the bottom right (or at the bottom left for left-handed users).
In essence, it is better to place the buttons that are likely to get less hits at the screen’s bottom-left corner, while you should set the position of most often used buttons at the right corner at the bottom of your screen. For example, the HTC One device contains, the less used “Power button” at the top and most commonly used “Home Button” at the bottom-right of the screen.
# Considering the Flow of Direction (or Motion)
Just considering how you should place the buttons isn’t the only thing you need to pay heed to, when thinking about how users hold mobile devices. You also need to keep in mind how a user moves throughout the screen. In a nutshell, you will have to focus on how a user make use of their thumb to understand the flow of direction. For example, a person using right hand to hold the phone will most likely find circular flows with a center point at the screen’s bottom-right a lot easier in comparison to linear flows.
In case, you need to create a user interface that contains elements that requires motion (like sliders, a list, etc.), analyze how your users hold their mobile devices, and accordingly integrate elements with motions that appears to be natural for the user.
# Using Popular Icons
You can find several icons that designers integrate on several gadgets, you can choose to implement some icons in your app UI design as well. This will help make the user interface more intuitive. Fortunately, there are over 700 Modern UI icons available online for free that can be used to enhance the user interface design of your application.
Even though, the list of key points provided in this post isn’t enough to build great mobile app UI, but they will definitely serve as a good starting point in your mobile application UI design endeavor.
Author Bio:Juana Steves is a technical writer associated with Xicom – a reputed iOS App Development Company. You can also get in touch with her to opt Android Developer for Hire, in case you are looking forward for the same.