Description: Apps are famous for their smooth, quick, and amazing working. However, sometimes app design can hurt the app development. How? Read this article for complete information.
Do you think developing mobile apps is a cakewalk? If you do, then you are wrong. When you will see behind the curtain of their development process, you will find a painful history of code and asset bloat, cost-overruns, and development delays.
Mobile apps have now become the key interface between the customers and organizations. These mobile apps should be flawless, attractive, and advance. Generally, there is a disconnect between the app planning phase and the implementation of the actual code required to develop it.
Getting confused? I suggest you grab a cup of coffee or tea and be with me for the next 5-7 minutes. I hope you are ready to move ahead. Let’s understand properly that how an app design can hurt app development?
While talking about app designs, we generally refer to the mobile apps as it is displayed in a prototyping platform, including Pixate or InVision (visualization tools that bring the look and feel of a final app). These platforms don’t have a direct connection to the underlying code. They can only represent an immensely aspirational edition of the end product, which may be eventually not feasible.
I have seen this happen many times. When you show your design in front of your client, they get locked into that vision. But, after weeks or months later, they have to face disappointed, when they match the design with the actual one.
Improper Utilization of Resources
As soon as the app is implemented in code, the prototype loses its value, with a large part of the budget and time. This even includes resources spent while designing the features that never go into the end product at all. This cut-off between the prototype and development indicates that it’s simple for a designer to introduce rich media content, animations, and UI concepts that are not possible to implement via code.
In such cases, the time and efforts of the designers get wasted, arousing new rounds of designs if the problem is discovered. This happens usually once the ‘final’ prototype has been approved and handed over for the development.
During the prototyping procedure, designers tend to pick numbers, images, and names to illustrate how the app will behave for users’ inputs. They sometimes forget that how different and messy users’ inputs can be. Some of the inputs can cause your app to ‘look off’. Or some other can render it entirely useless.
Sadly, specific data vs. design issues can be spotted only after the active beta testing of the app, if the developer is lucky. However, if he is not, it can be spotted only after the app reaches in the App Store and users start accessing it. Either way, a time-consuming and costly update is generally needed. This process requires new rounds from both developers and designers.
What’s the Solution?
For all such challenges, some suggest that designers must learn code. But, I think that’s neither desirable nor feasible. What’s actually needed is:
- The better understanding of the apps, from the basics of programming to the surface of its UI.
- Acceptance that mobile app development is not a linear process. It’s an end to the all-too-common plan of designing an app and handing it over to the developers.
- Designers and developers collaborative work and vision that can be brought into reality. Developers should work hard to create an exciting and compelling vision and designers should put their every possible effort to complete it.
In an era, where mobile apps are increasingly becoming the sole product of an organization, fostering this method is very crucial than ever before.
Millions of smartphones are launching every day. Hence, mobile apps are also highly in demand. If you wish that users choose your app instead of others, a lot of hard work is needed. Regardless of the purpose of your mobile app, the end product must satisfy the users. Your app should be able to provide them a quality experience. If it is not in that stage, launching it could bring more harm than good. Hope this article will help you with the app development process.