App Design Research; What inspires me?
When it comes to designing my App, I need to look at some examples out there which really grab my attention! Now that flat design is the latest trend, it is important for me to look at other Apps as it will give me a good indication of how I should be designing. I will be looking at five (5) different examples and briefly mention what I like & dislike about them; as well as commenting on features I would look to consider.
So, the first bit of inspiration I have found is for the icon side of things. I will eventually be creating an icon for my App, so I found it necessary to look at a good example of somebody’s impression of a ‘flat’ iOS 6. It’s important that when you design flat, that the users still know what’s what; and from the example show here, you can tell what icon is for what application. The designer of this has stripped down the elements but has still kept their initial houses style. I think this is a brilliant piece of design work and will really be focusing on the flat element when it comes to creating my icon. The only minor issue I have with this though is that icons can look very plain and it is dangerous if you design icons which do not show any correlation with the App itself.
I have found designs built around a profile. I really like how this has been done as it looks professional and sophisticated but at the same time, very modern and up to date. I think the key to designing flat is keeping everything ‘basic’. Nothing is too clumped together, it’s not to ‘boxy’ or anything, everything is just where it should be and it is very clear on the eye. I particularly like how this person has made use of the circles for the profile pictures; it makes everything modernised!
On the left here, we have a flat impression of the Nike+ App. I would say that this one has caught my eye the most so far! Just take a look at that for a second… FAN-TAS-TIC! Everything about this design is brilliant, from the menu bar, to the content, to the navigation; perfect. It is very clean and modern as well as very user-friendly. There is an element of freedom with this design in which I mean that there is no constraints on the design. I really like the navigation on this app as it is simple but effective; the icons really fit in with the design and are very easy to understand. 10/10 for this one!
I have found an App which displays the latest weather in your current or designated location. It is probably one the most simplest designs, but looks great! You have the main information slap bang in the middle with a lovely icon besides it. Any additional information is displayed directly underneath nice and neatly. And just to add the screen, there is a ‘high & low’ diagram to show peak temperatures throughout the day. What really grabs my attention in this flat design is the thickness of the lines. If you look at the weather symbol, the numbers, the lines; they’re all pretty thin and sleek. This is something I really like as it’s not too ‘in your face’, and it looks professional in the end! I will really consider looking at the thickness of strokes etc if it becomes necessary to do so within my App!
The final example of flat design that I have found is designed for a Football App (Something similar to what I’m designing for). It is basically showing the live score and match events for a match between Liverpool and Arsenal. What I like about this design is how the events are displayed; they are very flat and are nice and easy to read. I like how each event is circled and then joined up to the rest so that a ‘timeline’ effect is displayed. Usually, before flat design was current, everything would be in boxes and displayed ‘inline’, but with this design, I like the spacious factor of it as well as the readability of the information.