As the mobile technology evolves & matures over a period of time, so do the tastes, preferences & demands of the consumers change as per time. This requires offering higher user experience & satisfying the creative demands of the consumer as well. A great user experience is what differentiates the men from the boys. Offering a great user experience is the only way through which smaller companies can match up to the standards of larger enterprises in the marketplace. There are certain tips to keep in mind while designing great mobile apps in addition to offering great user experiences to the mobile savvy world. One may not be involved in actual designing process but knowing certain tips may be pretty useful for anybody.
1 – Go Back To Drawing Room
The most important point for any mobile developer in designing a great user experience is that simple things could go a long way in offering great UX experience. In order to give maximum UX experience it’s always better to have a down to bottom approach & calculate upwards by putting in all the right kind of elements in the app needed by the consumers. Sometimes it’s wise from a developer’s point of view to conceptualize mobile apps by donning the role of an artist who prepares the sketches in the drawing room & relate that in designing great mobile apps with awesome UX features.
2 – Identify The Target Market & Users
Generally mobile users are of two types – hunters, who wish to search for a particular information or do a specific task quickly & gatherers, who wish to browse casually & quite less worried about a particular outcome. So, developers need to identify the right kind of users & target market & develop features & steps in such a manner that it pleases the both sides of the coin. Developers need to ensure that they needn’t be the jack of all trades but at the same time they need to keep in mind that it pleases the both sides of the coin & design apps as per that & stick with it well.
3 – Keep In Mind The 80-20 Rule
Typically, eighty percent of the users use only twenty percent of the features/functionalities around the world. Developers must ensure that they incorporate features & functionalities which are trending in the market & most popularly used by people. This could help enhancing the mobile app being used more & gains quick acceptability in the market.
4 – Design Activity/Task Based App
Users want to get their tasks done & that must be the sole objective of the developer to develop an app. He has to keep this factor in mind & prioritize designing of the app as per that. Its the job of the developer to identify the right kind of activity & task for the end-user & then devise apps as per that which helps users finish tasks with less time lapses. Steps must be defined in the app so that it helps the user to finish tasks swiftly & easily with few or no hindrances.
5 – Keep It Simple
Mobile users don’t want any complexities while executing tasks & activities. Whether its activities or information sharing the rule is ‘Keep it simple’ & it must focus on ease in operating the app. It helps to have a simpler app in the future as it makes the app truly a sustainable & cost-effective one. The Simpler app makes it easier for the users to make the updates in a clutter free manner too.
6 – Design For Hindrances & Interruptions
Developers need to keep in mind that irrespective of your app being great, it’s a fact that there will remain teething issues for the user in downloading, updating & functioning of the app. So, an intelligent app will be the one which is hindrance & obstacle free in operating the same. Thus, the developer has to keep in mind of what all could be the hindrances or obstacles faced by the users & include features that resolve them in the app swiftly & smoothly.
7 – Focus On Clean UI’s
A cleaner, simpler & clutter free UI boost the performance of the app multi-fold & developers need to focus on this aspect to offer great user experience to users. Only a cleaner app can make the app feature rich & offer lovely UX experience. Developers need to ensure that there are fewer controls & offers some kind of breathing space to the users thereby reducing inconveniences caused to the users. A great UI structure is the only way in devising successful mobile applications.
8 – Follow App Development Guidelines & Best Practices
Developers need to have the knowledge & expertise of the guidelines & best practices in mobile development space & need to be updated by being abreast for the latest technology trends in the market. Following the guidelines will help in gaining acceptability of the app in the market amongst the users as well.
Considering the above tips, Windows mobile apps development could be an interesting space to explore in the mobile development space where developers & users stand at a win-win situation in the already mobile savvy world.