Developing or designing your very first iPhone app, can be quite challenging as there are no fixed set of guidelines, which tell the iPhone app development professionals how to go about it. Let us take a look at five easy steps which you can follow when you develop your very first iPhone app.
1. Know your end-users and their preferences
It is very important to know the preferences of your target audience and take them into consideration while designing the apps. Try and look at your app from the end-users perspective instead of focusing too much on the function of the app and ignoring the context in which the feature/function will be used.
Take some time out for an in-depth research and analysis of your target users and analyze how your end-users will use your app. Although this can lead you to make changes in the original design of the app, the introduction or removal of one or more design elements, will be totally worth it when your app becomes successful.
2.Sketch Out a Design
After the functionalities and features of the app have been confirmed, proceed to the next step, which is to sketch out a design for the app; this design will be the final one and used by developers to code the functionalities.
Hence, design the app as flawlessly as possible so that later on you don’t have to make major changes or start all over. I recommend you to follow the old-school method of sketching out your designs on a piece of paper before trying it out on a machine. Trust me, this saves truckload of time.
3. Be Unique
Make sure that your design is not “run of the mill”, but is unique; if the design of your app resembles the design of any other app on the App Store, there is a chance that your app will be rejected by Apple.
Therefore, design your app in such a way that users can actually differentiate between your app and others. On this note, I must give you some tips on making your app unique. For example, don’t hesitate to use a dominant color which will give your app an identity of its own or design your own unique intro page for the app.
4. Keep it as simple as you can
The most important step is to keep your design as simple as possible; if your design clutters up the app, then there is no way that the users will find it appealing. I suggest that you go for “minimalistic” designs, which are much in demand at present; this because users respond well to sleek and streamlined apps which are also easy to use and an app with too many design elements only confuses them big time.
5. Test your apps
Ultimately, test your app to see if it still lacks anything in terms of design. What you can do is, select some of your target users and ask them to try your app on their device and provide you with a feedback. It is this feedback from the users, which will help you to give final touches to the design of the app before you submit it to the iTunes Store.
These were some of the steps, which in my opinion, will help the iPhone developers and designers when they develop apps for the first time in their life. Try out these tips when you design your first ever iPhone app and I am sure that the app so designed will be a success.