iPhone App Design: Building Your First iOS App
Native Design vs Web Design
Get to Know the Platform
The Logic Behind iOS Apps
Human Interface Guidelines
Understand the iOS Environment
Why Are Human Interface Guidelines Important?
Usability and Aesthetics
The Logic Behind iOS AppsLet us give you an example. In iOS, the content is always presented in the order of descent from left to right, meaning that when you are going into a deeper level, you load content from the right side of the display; similarly, when you need information of a higher level, you swipe to the right from your current view (in other words, the content of a higher level is on the left). It is
Human Interface GuidelinesTo avoid common mistakes and blunders, our expert highly recommend you to carefully read Apple’s iOS Human Interface Guidelines and memorize all the main principles of iPhone app design described in the document. You probably think that it is not necessary, because it will simply tell you how to make your iPhone app look exactly like all other iOS apps. Of course, as a designer, you want to have your a unique style of your own and you hate anyone telling you how to do this and that. But do not make the mistake of hiding your lack of experience in native iOS design behind overconfidence. Many of our talented designers and developers have gone through this, trust us.
Understand the iOS EnvironmentKeep this in mind: without an in-depth understanding of the iOS environment and every detail of the ecosystem, you will not be able to make your designs fit into the context, however stylish and unique they may be. You are an architect who need to learn about the culture and climate of the city where their new building will be located, the only difference is that you have an iPhone app instead of the building and the iOS platform instead of the city, therefore, you should know the traditions, patterns and principles of this digital environment. Like a house built by the european standard in Chile will be destroyed by the first earthquake, an interface initially designed for web will not be able to survive in the mobile operating system, because it does not provide a suitable experience for this kind of environment. Destroyed houses and unhappy users will never give you credit.
Why Are Human Interface Guidelines Important?You will be surprised how much useful information you will find in the Human Interface Guidelines, even if you have years of experience as an iPhone app user. Reading through the guidelines a few times, you will learn everything there is about how to design proper navigation bars, toolbars, buttons, controllers and other elements. You will learn the difference between various kinds of views such as activity, collection, table, split, alert, modal, etc. and when you should use one view or another. Human Interface Guidelines is a must if you want to design for iOS, do not ignore it unless you want to design second-rate websites for the rest of your life.
Usability and AestheticsHowever, the Human Interface Guidelines only teach you how to make an iPhone app highly logical and
Designer and Developer Collaboration
Work in a Team
Evolve As an Expert
Work in a TeamWorking alongside developers enables you to be a better designer and makes your products seamless in every aspect. It is more likely that a developer will be able to spot a weakness in your design that you have missed out, or identify element that are hard to flesh out, or suggest different ways on how your design can be improved. A programmer will not only give you a valuable insight of a specialist form another area who does not directly deal with designs, but also supply with technical knowledge possessed only by people who has a deep understanding of programming languages, tools and APIs, for example, Objective-C in the case of iOS app development. As a team of experienced designers and developers, we can assure you that the longer a designer works in a close contact with a developer, the faster they are improving their products, they make fewer mistakes and becoming better experts.
Evolve As an ExpertHowever, do not forget that your collaboration with the develop should be a mutually beneficial venture, in other words, help each other become a better specialist. Developers at our mobile app design company say that one way you can ease their lives is by not giving the PSD and Sketch files if you work in one of these programs. It is not their job to trawl through your assets as it is not your job to audit their code and fix their bugs. Yes. Programmers do make mistakes, they are humans too.
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- GPS tracking features and longer battery life;
- Social features such as live chats, messages, video calls, etc.;
- Integration of social tools like social networks, Skype, email, phone calls;
- Integration of software and hardware;
- Advanced user engagement;
- Intellectual property rights on the source code belong to the client;
- High level of data security;
- Fast and efficient approach to software development