Mobile Application Design Best Practices for 2014
12 Dec. 2013 Mobile App
Mobile application designing has evolved to a great extent over the past few years. Read below to know about the trends and predictions of the mobile app design that will be popular in 2014, by taking cue from some of the popular trends in 2013.
The primary focus on user experience for iPhone and iPads have revolutionized the mobile industry altogether. This resulted in high demand of mobile applications with rich look & feel and seamless functionality. This demand pushed mobile application developers to create app with new designs, making them more interactive and easy to use. Below are few mobile application design trends that will be changing the user experience in 2014.
Gesture – The New Click on Screen
Ambient Visual Experience
Simple look creates better user experience – From textured images and lettering, we have now moved on to flatter interfaces. The Metro user interface of Microsoft Windows 8 was the initiator of this simple design, followed by the simple and flat icons of iOS 7. Mobile Application designs have now moved towards a purely digital perspective.
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Interface environment of mobile applications are much simple in comparison to its predecessor. Take an example of LinkedIn – it has changed its styling with polished and clean background with icons to look more clean and simple. The mobile app design for users today focuses on the fresh and simple interface compared to the heavy interface. (Read more about mobile user interface design)
The next mobile app design trend is ‘gestures’ than clicks on icons. The swipe, the pinch, tap-and-hold, and other such movements / gestures have increased importance with more users moving gradually towards touch interfaces on mobile devices and tablets. Samsung’s new addition to its series – S4 has shown a remarkable usage of gestures by answering calls, viewing gallery through air gestures and browsing the web with eye gesture.
Mobile app design trends are evolving through time leading towards the navigation designs of applications. Majority of the apps today have adopted the less obtrusive fly-out navigation design. This navigation style makes it easier for users to steer through various sections of the app. Some of the popular examples of less obtrusive navigation designs are Google+, USA Today, Facebook, and YouTube.
With larger devices in demand and sharper contrast of screens, mobile apps today have more space for content and images instead of users interaction and operations. Some examples of efficient adoption of this trend are Vine, Pinterest, Facebook, and Instagram. (Read about tips for mobile checkout design)
At Rishabh Software, we follow these mobile app design trends for making user friendly enterprise apps.