App Design

Designing for mobile devices is in some ways easier than designing for desktop, as the small scale factor means you have to make many more decisions about how content is structured and flows.

TradeMapper

TradeMapper

Map illegal animal trading across the globe. Trademapper in an interactive mapping tool to visualise trade data developed by TRAFFIC.

Weather Station

Weather Station

Desktop PC software to set up and monitor professional weather stations.

Remedy e-Democracy

Remedy e-Democracy

Remedy UK was a pressure group representing junior doctors in the United Kingdom. Helped to formulate their communications strategy and harness the power of their constituency.

Vocal Eyes

Vocal Eyes

An acccessible & responsive website for renown charity that provides audio description and touch tours to theatres and arts organisations for the visually impaired.

Royal College of Music

Royal College of Music

A responsive search interface to the RCM catalogue for research professionals and general users.

Modern Poetry in Translation

Modern Poetry in Translation

A website to celebrate 50 years of this esteemed poetry publication.

Payment Platform

Payment Platform

A payment platform for non-native English speakers/readers purchasing high value University services such as fees and accommodation.

Alchemy Performance Assistant

Alchemy Performance Assistant

A toolkit for workplace learning.

Design with less

With a much smaller canvas, you have to prioritise first and foremost what the user sees.

Everyone wants to achieve the feel of a simple app, one that feels easy to understand and use, but understanding how you achieve that is less well understood.

Making something user-friendly is not added on by a designer once the content is ready, you need to design with the content and for the user.  If you want it to be simple, make the content simple. Make some hard decisions and cut things out. Do less … but do less brilliantly.

A user-centred design process is a great framework to follow for success.

See also:  Mobile First approach, MVP (Minimum viable product) or minimum loveable product, lean development techniques.

Why go native?

There are many advantages to designing a native app

  • smoother transitions
  • finer control
  • integration with other applications such as camera/gps/sharing
  • distribution via the appstore, the in-built payment model.

However, HTML5 has enabled browser-based websites to access many of these features too and with support for local storage, HTML5 websites can now work offline too.

Where Next?

Follow a user-centred design process to improve your app’s chance of success.