Friday, August 18, 2017

iPhone UI Interface Design Crash Course

Your boss or client wants an iPhone app designed.  You need to become an expert fast.  In a day.

Fortunately, you already know something about design so you’re not starting completely from scratch.  But you still need to know what’s different about the iPhone, how it all works, and some core insights into iPhone UI design.  And, of course, since you want to be an expert you’ll want to be armed with the right questions to ask to make the project successful and the answers to the questions you’ll most likely be asked.

Anyway, you don’t have time to waste so let’s get started…

Our crash course in iPhone app UI design is 6 steps:

  • Step 1: Understand the Technology. You want to design not develop.  You don’t need to know how to program but there are a few key things you need to understand about the technology constraints that impact design.
  • Step 2: Learn the Standard iPhone UI Elements. These are the familiar UI elements that iPhone users already understand and expect.  Although you might decide to have some custom UI elements to make your app unique, this is where you need to start.
  • Step 3: Ask the Right Questions. In order to deliver the product your client expects or that your customers want, you need to ask the right questions at the beginning to be sure you understand the business and user needs.
  • Step 4: Study the Best. There’s no point in reinventing the wheel.  With thousands of apps out there, don’t waste time looking at them all.  Study a small set of the most successful and relevant apps to learn what to do and what to avoid.
  • Step 5: Get Tools for Prototyping. There will inevitably be many cycles of iterating your design before you reach consensus.  You need prototyping tools that will allow you to mock up (and update your changes) quickly.
  • Step 6: Pick up the Essential Facts and Tricks. There are a few essential tricks you need to have in your bag (eg. how to snapshot your iPhone screen) and facts every iPhone designer should know (icon sizes, tab sizes, etc.).

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