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Mobile App Development Process
Stage 4: UI/UX App Design – Designing and Polishing the app look.

Don’t you think that the appearance and feel of your mobile application have a significant impact on the minds of your app users?

A mobile app’s success is defined by how successfully users accept and profit from all of the app’s capabilities.

This article briefly explains stage 4 of the blog series: Mobile App Development Process – A step-by-step guide and covers the complete designing process from sketching the layout to the complete designing of the prototypes with colors and images.

The purpose of UI/UX design for mobile apps is to provide exceptional user experiences that make your software dynamic, intuitive, and user-friendly. While beautiful UI designs will aid in early adoption, your app must also provide intuitive user experiences in order for users to remain engaged.

Now, what does UI/UX design mean?

UX expands to User experience, which describes how an app works and UI stands for User interface, which shows the appearance of the application.

What is User Experience (UX) Design?

The user experience refers to how users feel while using your application. It is a design that gives users meaningful and relevant experiences. This includes features of branding, design, usability, and function, as well as the full process of obtaining and integrating the product.

What is User Interface (UI) Design?

User Interface Design is the process of making your app seem flawless while staying current with design trends to enhance the user experience. An application’s user interface is its graphical layout. It includes the buttons that users press, the text they read, the graphics, sliders, text entry boxes, and all other objects with which the user interacts.

This stage of Mobile app development includes these steps.   Visualization Wireframing Prototypes Mockups Visual Design (UI)

Putting simply, the first three steps – Visualization, Wireframing, and prototyping are the steps of creating UX. The last two steps – Mockups and Visual Design includes creating a User Interface (UI).

Let’s discuss each in detail.

(1) Visualization

The development team first goes through with the complete visualization of the user flow in the app. This process gives a clear idea about the design of the application. our application’s visual identity is enhanced here. Based on the approved UI/UX design and project documents, the software development team provides a full estimate for the development step.

(2) Wireframing (UX)

Wireframing is the main stage of UI/UX software design that includes creating the wireframes of the app. The designers create wireframes, lay out the structure, and simplify the visual concepts of the app. Creating wireframes is like building the app’s backbone.

To put it simply, wireframes are digital sketches created with a wireframing tool, although they may also be created with pen and paper. Wireframes are used to visualize what you want to develop. It is important that you create a design that is unique to the product. It should be simple and easy to use independent of the device you’re using.

Now, what are the steps included in wireframing?

Wireframes provide a concept of how pages will be organized and how navigation will work.

Here are the steps involved in the process of wireframing:

  • Creating a sitemap
  • Using markup in wireframes
  • Wireframing components (Header, Footer and Menu)
  • Mobile Responsive wireframing
  • Creating a sitemap: Wireframing begins with a good sitemap. A sitemap gives a structure and provides a brief overview of where items are located and how they are connected.
  • Using markup in wireframes: The wireframe is frequently inspected by developers, clients, and management in addition to designers. As a result, adding some markup to each section of the material is beneficial.
  • Wireframing components (Header, Footer, and Menu): Adding these components ensures that your wireframe design is consistent.
  • Mobile Responsive wireframing: Ensure that your wireframing is mobile friendly as we know much of the web today is viewed on mobile phones.

Hence, wireframing is a quick approach to get a visual representation of your website or mobile application.

(3) Prototype

A prototype is the release of the product which is built to test the concept and processes of the app. Prototype handles the usability of the application. Hence, it’s an excellent tool to get user feedback and test the product.

If you want to pitch your software to investors, prototyping is a must. You may incorporate all of the features without having to go through the development process. It aids testers by providing a realistic experience of what it would be like to use the application.

To prototype an app, most teams use tools like InvisionApp. Some companies, on the other hand, use Xcode to prototype their apps right in the development environment.

(4) Mockups

Now, the final wireframe is converted to final mockups. Mockups are the final renderings of your app’s visual design. Mockups combine the wireframe with the style guide to create a final version that can be prototyped. Some common tools used for mockups are Adobe Photoshop, Sketch, and Adobe XD.

(5) Design (UI)

This is the last step of the designing phase. In the world of UI/UX design, “design” is the most abstract concept. It encompasses both the design process and the end product.

Designers work on the polishing of the app look and its style guide. Style guide creates a base for the process of designing and developing the app. It includes setting fonts, colors, layouts, graphics, and more.

The design stands for the process of a designer working on a task given by the client and striving to communicate their vision through the proper choice of colors, shapes, and typefaces. Design, on the other hand, refers to the appearance and functionality of your application.

Summing up

If your app idea is great, but the interface and UX design isn’t good, you won’t succeed. Make sure your UI/UX design is perfect. Be engaged in each step of designing and keep your app designs interactive and user-friendly.

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