Top App Design Tools

Top App Design Tools

Thoughtful design offers a definitive competitive advantage in numerous industries, and app development is no exception. Design impacts everything from the app’s appearance, to its ease of use, to the emotions people feel while using it. As noted in our book review of Hooked: How to Build Habit Forming Products, the way people feel when interacting with a product strongly influence whether or not it succeeds.

InspiringApps employs a four-stage process (discovery, design, development, and deployment) to take a mobile application from start to finish. While each phase is critical to the launch of a successful product, decisions made during the design phase lay the foundation for the app. Our designers understand the impact of design and consider many factors in order to create an outstanding product.

It’s useful as a client to have a high level understanding of the process and tools, for it enables you to know what kind of information is valuable at each stage. The list below summarizes the app design tools we use frequently. Each tool has a place in the process, enabling us to ideate, communicate needs with our team, and share the developing vision with our clients. Read More

3 Characteristics that Make or Break User Experience

User experience is like the Zooey Deschanel of the design world—a quirky mix of science and art that many are enamored with but few understand. So what characteristics contribute most to a solid user experience? That’s like asking “What makes Zooey so darn like-able?” Ask anyone and you will get a different answer.

In my humble opinion, the three characteristics that make or break a user experience (aside from performance, i.e. an app must function correctly, and function quickly) are simplicity, clarity, and consistency.

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Webfonts—a Designer’s Dream, a Developer’s Nightmare

I used to work with a couple seasoned admen who loved nothing more than telling stories about the good ol’ days. They would go on for hours about Letraset press type, photographing artwork to create printing plates from the negatives, and staying up all night correcting a missed typo.

Some day I’ll have the opportunity to entertain design newbies with stories about the not-so-good ol’ days. And I’ll tell them about life before webfonts.

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Why Wireframe?

Why wireframe? Because, as much as I hate to admit it, form should follow function. Especially when designing web and mobile apps. After all, what good is a gorgeous app if it isn’t usable?

Wireframes may seem like wimpy grayscale lines, boxes, and placeholders on a page. But this low fidelity mockup is a very important step in the planning process. After the written requirements, and before visual design and development, wireframes help us think through how a user will interact with an app.

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What Makes a Masterpiece

At InspiringApps our goal, simply put, is to craft Apps that are masterpieces. It’s lofty, but it’s one that we’re all committed to.

In the same way that Malcolm Gladwell has quantified that it takes 10,000 hours for someone to become an expert, we have identified 6 elements absolutely necessary in the creation of a masterpiece.   Read More

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