Most of the popular mobile apps are based on the same set of common characteristics which make them elegant, effective, effortless and enjoyable. On the other hand, non-performing apps also follow some common pitfalls that make them stillborn. Here are the seven deadly sins of mobile design:
Screen full of garbage
Desiring more power in your app is justifiable but head-off too much into it. If you have design with too much features / functions, there are 50 percent chances that users tap on a wrong button. Here frustration begins. Simple is not only easy and understandable but marketable too. Go with simple design….
Irregularity for distraction
Inconsistent design easily distracts the user. Whatever programming issues you have, end-user doesn’t care about it. If being inconsistent is your compulsion, consider you will attract no one. The end design shouldn’t make the customer feel that you have forcefully adjusted all the functionalities.
While developing apps for smart devices, e.g. smartphone or tabs, don’t forget that they have relatively small screen than desktop or laptop. So don’t add too many functions. Be creative but don’t be over creative. Kill extra visual flourishes, meaningless elements, etc.
Where is the Speed?
Nobody cares that your app is slow because every time it reloads data over a slow internet connection or it is the CPU of mobile that is affecting its performance. All they want is speed… While developing app, be careful about large images and backgrounds that have to be loaded and stored. User should also have facility to cancel the operations that are taking too long.
Most immature apps are exhaustively edited, re-thought, re-imagined, and tested to destructive labels, text, and menus they may also have unnecessarily long tutorial. It just irritates the users. If you have added many labels, tutorials, and directions to the app, your app is absolutely not straightforward. Again simple is easy…
An alien way of interaction
Users love platforms and they do not frequently switch to others. Each platform is based on a set of characteristics because of them users love it and use it. They expect a familiar style of navigation, selection, interaction, etc. So because of your out of the box creative thinking, you have designed an app in a alien looking style as given in the image, there are chances that nobody can operate/like it. First know your platform and work with a design that human can understand.
Endless Help & FAQ Questions
Don’t try to confuse users with a half cooked uncooked app design. There are many poorly designed apps with Help feature or FAQs. A mobile app with FAQ. Do users have time to read FAQs on tiny mobile screens?
Avoid doing these mobile app designing sins so that users don’t avoid your mobile apps…