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7 Important Points To Consider Before Developing A Mobile App

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Are you developing an application? Don’t you know what must be considered before starting?

Let’s start with an example – You have an idea to develop an application but you don’t know whether it actually will get good response from users or not. The first step is that your idea should be unique that has never been implemented previously.

Even if you develop an app that has never been developed, what is the guarantee that users will download and use? Even if they download what are the possibilities of using your app in a right way?

Don’t worry, here are the few strategies, if you follow these strategies before starting an app, you will surely succeeded.s01(5)(1)

Let’s take a look on strategies that should be considered:

1. Target
You should know who you are targeting. Suppose you are going to develop an application related to education then you should categorize education levels into different groups based on their ages and education level. So it is easy for the user to select right option in your app based on his/her education level. So know who you are targeting.

2. Speed
Your app should respond as quickly as possible. If it’s showing waiting or loading user will be irritated. No one wants slow apps. Suppose, user wants to check movie tickets availability and app is taking more time to show results, when your results are displayed finally, it shows all tickets are sold; because of time constraints what you will do? Obviously, next time you will go for other alternatives. So, speed should be considered important while developing an app.

3. Number of downloads
Always focus on developing something that can be used by almost everyone. You never want to create an app that has a limited usage to a specific class, rather focus on making it more public and something that is used by all. With that, also make sure you’re your app has that extraordinary feature that compels users to start using it, the moment they download it.

4. Include Social media
Connecting your app with social media has one biggest advantage, which might not be wise to avoid. If you integrate your developed app with social media such as Facebook, Twitter, or LinkedIn, then more social media users will know there is such an app that exists, leading to more downloads.infographic-mobile-app-design-its-the-rule-of-thumbs(1)

5. Competition
Your app should compete with other play store apps. So you should think about, how do you develop an app which is different from others and why users should download this. Suppose if you are developing an ecommerce application, try to automate some features like auto filling data, OTP entering etc. So that it would be easy for users would feel less trouble and will get a good impression of an app.

6. Make it simple and avoid loads of features
If you are planning to load your app with way too many features, then it is not a good idea. You don’t want a unique features that can turn out to be bad. You don’t want users to give feedback that it is “messy”, “too much to do”, “still discovering its features”, “didn’t understand the app completely even after a month of download” etc. Instead go with easy features or user friendly features, which would compel users to use your app.  Surely you want to see good reviews on the review page.

7. Add customizing feature
Users love customizing features. Adding a few customizable features will make your app more appealing in comparison to an app that cannot be customized. Users should be capable of getting everything they choose, even if it’s an app. In fact, a customizable app are more in demand.

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How To Get Design Inspiration?

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Did the egg come first or the chicken, it makes you go round and round in circles. That’s the feeling you get when you start designing something new. 

Inspiration can come from everywhere, especially if you are a designer. To create your finest design, you must get into the nitty-gritty of everything. I began my journey as an interior designer which gave me an edge when I transitioned to UI/UX Design. When we start working on projects, the first thing we do is construct a mood board. But for me, the challenging part was deciding what was good or bad and what worked in the real world.

So, I began with extensive thought about the problem at hand, followed by conceptual visualizations of all possible solutions. It seems intimidating, but it worked for me. I’d later project all those things from my imagination onto the screen. This process didn’t always produce viable solutions, which was a major problem to cope with. After all, what’s the purpose of having a good design if it doesn’t work? So, I merged this approach with swiping and gathering inspirations that I loved by favoriting my way through multiple sites to create a perfect Mood Board.

Next, was putting the mood board into action and creating something unique.

And, in my opinion, this is the most basic process chosen by designers.

Then I joined Mantra Labs, which was intimidating since I went from being a loner to being a loner in a group. From analysing my own ideas to working with a group of amazing designers who don’t hold back on their criticisms. (They never stop talking :P.) It was also intriguing to observe every designer as each one had a different approach to getting design inspiration and it was reassuring to know that there is no right or wrong way. It can come at any moment, anywhere, and in any form; all you have to do is enjoy the experience because it’s a Pandora’s Box, where you get lost and then come out with something amazing you weren’t expecting to find.

I try browsing design websites and talking to others about their work to get insights. And I can say that I’m definitely getting better as a designer day by day- the key is to stay curious and explore new things.

Here is a compilation of some wonderful exercises I intend to try on my projects as soon as I have the opportunity.

Create a lot of opinions and then pick the best one.

Creating a lot of different variations for one project and then critiquing it to bring it down to one which you like. 

Take a counter intuitive path

Going crazy with the thought process, and breaking the stigma of keeping basic, and crazy is fun, and it might surprise you.

Inspiration outside

This includes everything we have done or do on a regular basis, such as opening a bottle or flicking through the pages of a book.

Try apps in your category

Like for an education app, look for inspiration on social media, in travel, or something else.

Visit design websites

As you examine different types of designs, it inspires you and gives you a bank of ideas; all you have to do now is learn how to use those ideas on time and on the right project.

Ask a friend

This is one of the best ways to get better insights and diverse perspectives which can be very helpful.

Conclusion:

The exercises listed above may or may not work for you because there is no perfect science to getting creative inspiration.  Lorinda Mamo once stated, “Every great design begins with an even better story.” So, in order to find design inspiration, you must first find the story. Keep experimenting with different ways; you never know what might work for you.

About the author: Neha is a designer at heart who walks and talks too fast and is always willing to try new things, whether in business or in life.

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