School of Information Systems

The App Design Process

When user start using any platform through mobile application, it’s UI and UX is the first strikes the eye. If app design isn’t good and friendly maybe user will close the app and not gonna use it anymore. So, attractive, good-looking and friendly design means a lot for mobile application. How we create application design? Here the process:

  1. Business requirements gathering
    In this step, you focus on deciding what the application does. Think through what the core features of the applications. After you know what the core features are, now you think any additional supporting features that would be nice to exist but not exactly a core feature. The reason we distinguish between what a core feature is and what a supporting feature is, so you can create a smaller but essential version of the application that contain all of the most essential features and release first before you publish all of the features out.

    Next, you write down all of these features down into one document because you’ll need to refer back and you might even need to show this document to other people that involved. After that, you going to take these business requirements and organize your ideas into visual view, wireframes.

  2. Wireframes
    Wireframe focus on usability and organizing the information. Don’t focus about how your app looks for this step, target user imagine how they’re using the application and how do you present the data in a way that’s easy to understand. For example: where do you put buttons and menus so that using your app is intuitive use. When your user using iOS and your app has several different sections, iOS users are very used to using a tab bar along the bottom. So, you can consider using that for your application.

    If you stuck with your idea, trying to downloading some popular apps to get a feel for how they’re organizing their app to get some ideas for your own application. In this phase, you set of rough wireframes that show all of the screens in your app and how to controls data and layout on the screen. Also, in this step you have to make sure all of the business requirements are met with the criteria.

  3. Design composites
    After you’ve got a idea for how you app is going to be structured, it’s time to give it a custom look for the app. Using the wireframe as a guide and you’ll be using a graphics program to create the design. You can use some popular tools for doing this step such as, Sketch, Figma or Photoshop.

    Interactive prototyping is where you turn your design comes into something that can be put on a device. You can put hotspots on some of these prototypes to trigger different transitions. The whole goal of an interactive prototype is to be able to experience something slightly more tangible than just design on the screen. Because in this process, things are still easy and inexpensive to change. This step is optional, it’s depends on your business goals.

  4. Design composites export
    Once your design is done, you’ll need to separate it out into pieces and export them as JPEGs and PNG images. You will these images into your Xcode project where you will apply them into the elements in your storyboard and when you’re done, your application will have a custom look.
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