Best UI Design Tips to Become a Better App Developer
Paresh Sagar Jul 9
There are three responses to a piece of design – Yes, No, and WOW!! -Milton Glaser
If you wish that your iPhone/Android mobile app should also get a “WOW” from the users then you need to work a little more than just on features. Designing is a very important factor not just in app development but any product or service industry. Human eye craves for beautiful designs and pleasing visual interactions and the job of a designer/developer is to build the most eye-catching and attractive UI (User Interface) and UX (User Experience)
This blog is entirely dedicated to depict how iPhone/Android app developers can improve their UI/UX design skills. So without further ado, let’s get to the amazing tips to improve your App’s UI/UX.
1. Understand Colors
Colors are the best friend of a painter and an app developer. Understand the importance of contrasting colors and what is the color hierarchy? The first thing that your user sees in your app is not words but colors, so it is an important factor that will decide if the user feels interested in the app or not. Always use colors similar to the logo and the theme of the product or service offered by the company.
For an Instance, when you imagine MacDonald’s you imagine Red and yellow colors so when you open their websites or app you expect to see red and yellow, not blue or pink.
Learn the cultural significance of your apps color choice with the country you are launching it in. Most of the countries consider red color as the sign of danger and so are used on stop signs, and if you choose red color for the “buy” button then it may raise a negative psychological effect on your users’ mind. There are some exceptions to such cases as in last elections in the US most of the candidate websites had red color “Donation” button which symbolized power, and this thought worked for America.
There is also a great design style of matching contrasts. Warmer colors like orange, red and yellow tend to look brighter and stand out when put onto cool color backgrounds like blue or green. Putting white letters on a black background is also an evergreen style of UI design used by many app developers.
2.Learn To Use White Space
Just to enlighten the baby designers, White space is any space between two interface elements. Now, these elements can be buttons, headlines, text, navigation bar and any other thing on the screen besides the empty space. Maintaining this white space and designing it according to your app is very important and this knowledge will come over time but, I’ll try to give you some quick fixes.
For Instance, let us take an informative or educational Android app. So when you hire an Android app developer, you need a guy that has proper knowledge of spacing for your informative app. Your app will have in majority, articles, blogs or lessons. So for such apps, the space between each paragraph should be enough and only 4-5 lines should be written in 1 paragraph so that the reader doesn’t get overwhelmed by the size of the reading material.
This also applies to placing proper white space between buttons so that users don’t press a wrong button due to the absence of enough white space.
3.Hovering is Fun
Sadly, I don’t mean the hover boards from “Back to the future”. What I mean is the mouse hovering over a website. All of us have seen the effect when we hover our mouse on a particular button and it does a small animated glow or shakes. This effect is done using hover controls. You can see this example even now if you are reading this blog on a computer, just hover your mouse to the “x” button of your browser and see the way it changes color.
There are many variances to this hover control that you can use in your app development. If you do not want to show some buttons or control panels in your web app then you can keep them hidden in a more obvious space where the user can hover the mouse, at which the hidden panel or buttons can be seen and selected as per the need.
4.Keep Instructions Simple
Many times people get confused even on simple questions because your app is not asking the right question or giving the right options to the user to choose from. You must use simple verbs as the options for your users to choose from. Simple verbs like “Yes”, “No”, and “Cancel”. A better option is to put actions phrases on the buttons.
Action phrases could be like “Send the file”, “Open the mail”, etc. Such phrases give a clear idea to your users of what will happen if they press a certain button. This is more useful if your target audience falls in the age category of 8-15 and 55 above, in other words, kids and old people both of who have less experience with modern technology.
5.Know Your Users
Your audience comes in a varying proportion with many being tech savvy while others not knowing even basics of web surfing. Your app developer should consider building a UI and UX that fits each and every type of user. The basic features of your app will be so basic that even a child can easily navigate through and also give some advanced features that make the more tech-savvy users admire your app.
6.Understand Your Platform
You need to know on which platform you are building the app and hire iPhone app developer or hire Android app developer according to your choice. A tip for the app developers will be that the UX/UI design of your app will depend a lot on the platform that you chose. There are many small but significant differences between Android and iOS and these differences become major points to consider while designing the UI/UX of your app
For Instance, if you are making a back button for your app in the Android platform then you can simply add a code to make the official back button of the Android phone as the back button for your app. But, if you are doing this for iPhone platform, then your hired iPhone app developer should know how to put the back button on the top-left corner as iPhone users expect it to be there.
These differences will also help you in deciding which platform is better for your app as one can offer you something that the other can’t and vice versa.