At Magora, iOS development company, we focus on both sides of the process - design and programming. And we know that sometimes it can be hard to switch to user interface design and get an understanding of all the different processes of native iPhone and iPad devices. Our iOS app development experts have prepared this guide to introduce you to iOS app design fundamentals, outline its specifics, benefits, and limits and describe the main aspects of the user interface (UI) design.
If someone wants to become an outstanding designer, they should know the advantages and limits of the medium. Without a doubt, you have all seen terrible designs and horribly pixelated print materials delivered by incompetent designers, which are the result of a poor understanding of print media. Consequently, if the knowledge of the display you use is not enough for work as a designer, one may make the same mistakes and create horrible graphics with huge pixels.
Whether you are an individual enthusiast like Jack, a company executive or a professional developer wishing to design iPhone apps for in-house use, setting the goal of your project will ensure the success of the whole process. What does a project goal look like?
Many designer find it very convenient to create storyboards to help them develop the screen flow of the iOS app. Typically, they draw the first storyboard on paper, which consists of boxes and words combined together. Actually this practice is very handy because once the storyboard is drawn on paper, it will be much easier to recreate it into a full-fledged interface on your computer. Visualising the designs you will immediately see all its drawbacks and downsides. There will be moments when you will want to add an extra element to the screen, but suddenly find out that there is not enough space to put it.
Or you can use the initial hand drawn storyboard as a groundwork for a full-fledged design concept. A detailed storyboard that is drawn on paper is very easy for people to understand, therefore, they will help you get initial feedback and see what works and what does not.
Testing the design concepts with real people is a great experience that helps designers optimise their interfaces and hone their skills. Here are a couple of materials on storyboards that you may find useful:
Layouting is the second step towards the iOS app's interface, so it is best to keep it simple and restrain from too many decorative details. Focus on the key elements of the user interface instead. In other words, define how these elements will be organised on the screen. Creating a design layout is the middle stage between the initial storyboard and the end product. That is why you do not need to create a high resolution design with many details - you need a simplified version that you will be able to easily modify whenever it is necessary.
Designing a layout hierarchy you give the users an opportunity to experience the navigation within the iOS app and see the interactions behind every element. The base level of an iOS app typically consists of a number of functions that are specified on a tab bar at the bottom fo the screen. However, instead of a tab bar at the bottom there may be a grid column menu or a hamburger slide menu. At the top level, the user navigates via the navigation bar, and can also perform actions that are relevant to the screen they are currently on.
There is a way to easily and quickly create iOS application mockups using various UI templates and tools for designers. For example, you can create a native user interface with pre-built templates in line with the Apple's guidelines without loosing too much time on designing custom elements. However, you can confuse the client who may think that these are the final design of the elements and they will look exactly the same in the end product. That is why many designers make their mockups and wireframes feel more like hand-drawn pictures rather than a final product. On the other hand, using pre-made UI elements, there is no chance to customise and create a unique design that stands out from thousands of other interfaces built within certain programs.
If you are not confident in your design skills, let professional bring creative ideas to life. Over more than 10 years in iOS app development, Magora team of iOS app designers, developers, business analysts, quality assurance specialists and other experts have delivered hundreds of iOS software solutions for large enterprises and small to mid-sized businesses across various industries. Whether you want to create a brand-new website for your company from scratch, optimise a legacy system or develop complex bespoke software to increase the productivity of business or look for an experienced designer, we are ready for any challenge and guarantee you the highest quality of our products.
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