Researching Mobile Apps

A lot of the time when using a mobile app I am not analysing it and thinking of the design and of all the different elements that went into putting such an app together, in fact I think I would mainly start to take notice of things only if the design is poor. But purposely analysing different applications on my phone I was able to see what makes a good app work.

Some of the things that I picked up on were:

  • clear navigation ( prominent navigation bars, search bars)
  • navigation crumbs (letting the user know where they are)
  • information is structured properly (information hierarchy, headings, sections)
  • layouts and spacing (taking advantage of side scrolls to make the best use of space)
  • Overlay screens and drop down menus
  • prominent buttons or functional elements



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