Designing and developing apps a few years ago was a very costly and time consuming business, with little feedback or insight as to whether it will become successful or not. However times have changed, we have all learned from mistakes and successes. So here is a basic breakdown on what you should be looking at in order to design and develop your app.
Step 1: Defining the App
Designing an app is not only designing what meets the eye. There is much more to it than that. This task requires extensive knowledge of devices, and even the apps as well. So, before you even start thinking about your app design, you should define your app. What will your app do? How is it going to affect the users? What will make your app stand out from the other apps?
Step 2: Research
After you have defined your app, you should research a couple of things:
- Find out how many apps similar to yours is out there
- Research the possible technical requirements of your app
- Research how can you earn money from your app
- Research (and sketch) possible designs
- Find a good team
Step 3: Build a Team
Unless you are an app designing pro, you don’t need a team. But the fact that you are reading these tips proves that you are not a pro. And, also even pros can use a helping hand (or even hands).
If you have friends who are willing to help you develop the app, especially friends who have knowledge in this area, then you are a lucky person. If you don’t, then simply try researching companies/individuals/freelancers who have a good portfolio.
Technical App Designing Aspects
When it comes to technical aspects of your app, here are a couple of things you should know.
Before you start working on your app design it is wise to create a wireframe and a storyboard. This way, you will be able to blend all your ideas into a clear picture.
Wireframing and Storyboard
Wireframing means creating a prototype of your app. There are many prototyping tools online, such as Balsamiq, Moqups, and HotGloo. Besides helping you create the design of your app, these tools allow you to add button functionality and make your app seem real.
Storyboard allows you to build a map that demonstrates the connection between screens and navigation through the app.
Then, you should build you back-end app structure, such as sketch of servers, data diagrams and APIs. Back-end app structure, combined with wireframing and storyboard will make things easier for your team.
Top Three App Designing Tips
- Use a Flowmap for Wireframing and Storyboard
Having a well-considered flowmap helps ensure logical navigational structures. It is wise to have a flowmap before you designing wireframes and storyboards.
- Start With High Resolutions
There is a variety of screen resolutions out there. iOS alone has four different resolutions itself. Always start first with high-resolution, pixel-dense screens and slowly scale down.
- Loading Screens/Indicators
It is a bad idea to leave users hanging when the app is loading or processing something. There is nothing worse than having a blank screen. Users may think the app has malfunctioned. Instead, use still images, or even better try animating an icon or other graphic elements.