The mobile applications sector has already crossed the critical threshold of one billion euros. Smartphones, tablets and other mobile devices are very popular with Internet users. The user experience and the quality of an application are determining factors for its success.
Part 1 of 5: set the benchmark: the design
Step 1. Get feedback from new users about the design
Have your app tested by friends or ideally a larger group of people who are new to cell phones. What are their reactions? Are they having difficulties? Is the application intuitive, attractive and pleasant to use? Edit your design based on the responses.
Also, people with little education as well as children constitute a significant market share. To enable them to use your application without any hassle, your design should be fairly intuitive
Step 2. Consider the different operating systems
Different operating systems divide the mobile Internet market. Before you design your application, consider this difference. To make sure your application appears on different operating systems and platforms, use a responsive design.
- You need to Android Studio to design an application for Android and Xcode Development Kit for iOS.
Step 3. Make sure your application is cross-platform
Be sure that your application is fully functional on the different platforms. To create a customizable and flexible application for different platforms, use a responsive design strategy. Responsive design refers to the idea that your application adapts to the hosting device by changing its fonts, graphics, and layout. Avoid creating a scaled-down version for cell phones. It would be better to design your application first for the small screen and then have it scaled up for the larger screens.
Step 4. Don't ignore the grids
To keep your application design consistent and allow users to navigate between multiple pages, the grid is found to be a great tool. Consistency of fonts, icons and graphics creates a professional look. Not to mention the fact that it is a reflection of your brand image.
Step 5. Don't forget the offline experience
Not all areas have network coverage. If there is no network coverage, make sure that most of the functionality of your application is working. Power outages are a part of everyday life in some parts of the world, so ideally your app would work even without an internet connection.
You will need to learn serverless computing to experience offline. It will help you to design an offline application
Part 2 of 5: Dig Deeper: Planning
Step 1. Define your goal
Clearly define the purpose of your application. For example, it could allow users to find gas stations in a particular country or region.
Step 2. Do some paperwork
Imagine what your app will look like on the screen. Draw a rough diagram of the different screens or skins. What are the features and everything that the app will contain?
Step 3. Do some market research
Check if your idea is already exploited. See what users want and make a marketing plan. The final step in app building isn't marketing. It should be considered at every stage, i.e. pre-production, production and post-production.
Step 4. Make a storyboard
The storyboard will allow you to have a detailed plan of the different functionalities of the application. As with the storyboard of films, the process becomes clearer when it is well developed.
Step 5. Make a working prototype or mock-up
Prototyping tools allow you to visualize and test your application in real time. This will allow you to check and make changes. Ask family and friends to test your app and provide feedback. Take their advice into account in your edits.
Step 6. Build the background
Now, after testing the prototype, start your background work. This is the "development" part of your application. It includes server configuration, storage, databases and APIs.
Step 7. Create a developer account
You will need to have a developer account in an app store. It requires a fee and you don't need to be an expert in programming. For more information, see the appropriate sites.
Step 8. Design the graphics
This is the actual creation of the themes or different pages that users will use. At this point, you are designing the user interface.
Part 3 of 5: Design the application
Use an application design service
Step 1. Consider using an application design service
Building applications usually takes a lot of work and money. Not everyone can afford it. In contrast, there are plenty of application design platforms on the Internet. One solution is therefore to use it. There are some that are free and others that can be used with a monthly or annual subscription. On the other hand, they offer a graphical user interface, which means you won't have to write any code. All you have to do is upload photos, drag and drop, check boxes, and your application will be complete.
Step 2. Search online for an application designer
There are a lot of sites that offer application design services. Review some and read their content and testimonials. Take into account the intuitive and easy-to-use interfaces. Some sites offer free services while others will charge you a fee.
Step 3. Register on the design site
Make sure you read the previous section of this article. Before you start the process, make a visual representation of the application and do some paperwork. The storyboard will let you know how your screens and features will work.
Step 4. Begin designing your application
The majority of the sites are very easy to use. Anyone with a basic knowledge of the Internet and computers can easily do this.
Step 5. Apply the advice from Method 1 in this article
Read the section called Define the reference point: the design. Most of the functionality of your application should work without an internet connection. To make it easy for a new user to use your application, come up with an intuitive design.
Step 6. Consider the visuals
For a cohesive look, consider typography, colors, text, tabs, icons, etc.
Part 4 of 5: Do the application yourself
Step 1. Do the application yourself if you are ready
Famous apps and websites are often the result of hard work by programmers. Application design sites may not be able to provide you with all the functionality that you want. So it wouldn't hurt to learn to code if you have a brilliant idea. This is the usual way of designing applications.
Step 2. Learn to program
Step 3. Find a system
Do your research to find a suitable system for your job.
Step 4. Apply the above tips
Read the previous sections: Define the reference point: the design and Dig Deeper: Planning. The first sections of this article are intended for expert developers, and the last sections lay out the basics of designing successful applications.
Step 5. Build the environment
Define the environment so that you can design your application. Consider your system and your project when setting up the environment.
Step 6. Design the application
Once the paperwork is done and you have a clear idea of what your app will look like, start coding now using the tips from above. Create the source files,.manifest files, and source codes for the project.
Step 7. Debug and test the application
During this step, you have designed your application in a package that can be debugged. For a test application, use the SDK tools.
Step 8. Publish and test the application
During this phase, you must check your application again in production mode.
Part 5 of 5: Publish the application
Step 1. Check it again
The application is ready now. Check it using the test app (there are apps to test others).
Step 2. Publish your app
You can either publish it directly through your iTunes developer account or Google Play Store, or submit it to the site you used to design it. Wait now and promote your application.
Step 3. Market it
The marketing process that you started from preproduction to research and then with promotion on social media and blogging now needs to gain momentum. Create a small site for your application. Use promotional videos. Advertise on social media. To get attention, organize a contest or use other marketing strategies. You should also have a business model.
- For inspiration, do an analysis of famous and useful apps.
- Think like your target audience. Children love bright colors, men prefer shades while women love hues.
- To test your application or site, use a test group.
- Use visual communications to create style and a sense of cleanliness and interest.
- User experience is a big field, so learn a few basics.
- Don't expect your site or app to sell itself. You need to put in marketing efforts to promote your app or site.