Common UI/UX Mistakes to Avoid While Developing a Mobile App



Introduction

There lies a 0.01% chance for apps to receive success as Instagram or Uber did. There are numerous apps that we never learn about because they never received astounding success such as the preceding apps.

It’s commonly observed that designers don’t give significant importance to UI/UX design and pay a high price for this mistake when the app is launched. The loss isn’t just in the form of the money or resources utilized but by losing the user’s trust and creating a bad first impression on the users.
It’s difficult to see your dream app die a brutal death in this competitive market. Today, if you have a look at Google or Apple app store, there is an app for everything. Yet designers seem to commit the same mistakes every time and these mistakes make you pay ten times over for all your hard work.
Well, you should seek reassurance by learning the fact that we too made these mistakes when we started but to our luck we learned quickly. But this doesn’t mean we didn’t bleed tears, sweat, and a lot of money. But in your greatest of mistakes lies your greatest of lessons too. We introspected well for quite a long time, identified our scariest and most prominent mistakes, and then found ways to avoid them in our future projects. So simple, eh? No, the experience makes it sound simple today.
Having learned a bit about the philosophy that goes behind app development, let’s learn the most common mistakes that developers make while creating an app.

5 Common UI/UX Mistakes to Avoid While Developing Mobile App

1. Choosing the Wrong Mobile App Development Company

You may have a promising app idea but you don’t have too great a knowledge of the technical jargon that you’ve to deal with to build an app. In such a situation you can hire a professional IT service provider that holds considerable experience in building web and mobile apps.

A well-reputed company will guide you well on some of the most important questions that you should ask yourself before creating a mobile app like the platforms you should be making your app for, if you should opt for an MVP or not, how much budget you should spend, how many features you should include and the likes.

You should make a list of questions that you can ask the app development company you choose:

  • What methodology do you use for app development?
  • Can I have a look at some of your prior projects?
  • Do you provide technical assistance after the completion of the project? If yes, how?

These questions will help you know a lot about a company. Knowing about the size of projects they’re capable of handling, what kind of apps they’ve built, etc. would help you decide which companies you should cross out before choosing the right one.

If the company you choose has already created sophisticated apps, then it’ll be easy for them to create what you have imagined. Hence, examining their previous work would help instill a level of trust eventually.

2. Designing an Uninteresting UI

The UI or user interface you design is going to be the face of your app. It would be the first screen that your user would interact with. When it comes to apps the saying “First impression is the last impression” holds.

As there are already so many apps available, you can imagine how hard it is for new apps to convince users to use that app in their day-to-day lives. If they anyhow get convinced to try your app, then your first chance would be your last. If you don’t convince the customer that your app is better than the one they’re currently using then you’d lose that user forever.

You can try applying the following tips while creating an app’s UI.

  • Always design an app flowchart before you start with your actual designs.
  • Use high-resolution designs.
  • Use engaging animations to make up for the loading or buffer time.
  • Try gesture-based features to increase user engagement.

3. Offering too many Features

The term “Feature Rich” apps are being used too much nowadays by app developers. This is one of the most prominent psychologies that have been cultivated by developers. Adding too many features to an app makes it heavy and cumbersome. It can also affect the user flow and the speed of the app. It beats the point of adding value to your app but on the contrary spoils the overall experience.

On the other hand, designing an app that just serves a particular purpose but serves it well has a higher chance of getting successful. The resources, time, skill, and money required for building a sophisticated app are way more than building a simple one.

You can learn through the example of Miranda, an app that performs one function well and that is Time Zone Conversion. If you introspect the design, you’d observe how subtly have the designers offered exactly what the client wants when performing time conversion between different countries or states. The top area of the app offers your current time and date followed by your colleague’s or friend’s time and date. A wheel covers the right part of the screen and on turning the wheel clockwise, you’ll observe that it changes the time for all the added people in the list simultaneously.

One must invest time in deciding what exactly they want to offer and utilize all the resources in creating the same. Just remember, fewer features but a more efficient app is more important than offering too many features with an adverse user experience.

4. Not Taking Proper Feedback on the User Experience

Once you’re ready with your app’s core features, you can ask your friends and colleagues to try the same. But remember, you mustn’t give the app to “Yes Men”. You must choose unbiased individuals to review your app.

There lies a high possibility that the inputs or feedback you receive before the launch can direct you well in adding or removing redundant features or functionalities. The experience they have while using the app is the only thing that is going to matter to your users. Hence, UX has been given supreme importance.

You should carry out “multiple iterations” of user feedback before your launch. Each iteration will offer you something new that you can add or remove. Following this method, you can reach a seamless user experience. But this would only be possible if you don’t surround yourself with “Yes Men”.

5. Suffocating Design and too much Clutter

You might’ve noticed that some apps are just too hard on the eyes. When you look at certain screens in apps it’s filled with too large fonts, unnecessary information, visual clutter, absence of white space, too large or too tiny fonts, and much more. All the preceding problems hamper the user experience and force the user to uninstall your app.

Making optimum use of white space offers clarity in vision, helps you focus the user’s attention on important things, and removes distractions. Decluttering your app from redundant information accounts for an enjoyable and intuitive user experience. Our minds can concentrate on one piece of information at a time. Clogging your mind with too much info along with ads or unnecessary will not account for a healthy user experience.

Technource’s Expertise in UI/UX Design

Technource has designed many web and mobile applications over the years. An evident example of the same is “Hommati”, a top real estate app in the US. You can try this app, it makes optimum use of Industry 4.0 techs in addition to an engaging user experience.
We follow the renowned Agile-Scrum methodology where we first understand our client’s vision for the app they want to build. This process is followed by a lot of brainstorming of ideas and methods that would help us reach our desired goal. We also provide value-adding suggestions to our clients to create the best application for them.
Our experience in app development has come through the numerous opportunities we’ve received over the years. We’ve hit dead ends, made mistakes, but the same is also responsible for our resilient attitude towards achieving our goal at any cost.
Collaborating with us will give us yet another chance to present something unique to the world through the means of tech. If you’re too inclined on changing the world for the better by using the means of technology we’re here and we have your back. Let’s arrange a meeting at the earliest.
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Mr. Sanjay Singh Rajpurohit, An early-aged entrepreneur who always leads his team from the front and achieved success. As the founder & CEO of Technource, a top AngularJS development company, he made a global presence in a short time by offering custom software development, premium mobile apps and website development services.

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