Time to talk about iOS applications and, more specifically, about their User Interface design. We have found the perfect conversational partner for this: Tope Abayomi, founder of App Design Vault and an expert on mobile applications design. Interviewed by Melissa, our community manager, he gives some tips to make your app UI rock!
But before leaving you with the interview, let’s talk a little bit about this outstanding company. App Design Vault offers beautiful (and very functional) iPhone app design templates that will set you apart in the Apple App Store, but shortening the development time to the minimum. An easy way to get a professional designed application instead of the tough, difficult and expensive option of hiring a designer! You can learn more visiting App Design Vault website here.
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Melissa: Hi Tope, nice to meet you, can you please briefly explain us what is your role in App Design Vault? What are you working on?
Tope: I am the Founder of App Design Vault, we provide iOS design templates for developers so they can make their apps look good on the App Store. Right now we are currently working on new iOS 7 templates that follow the new iOS 7 design guidelines.
M: Ok, so as you must know everything about mobile apps design, how do you think it is evolving and how will it be in the future?
T: The app market has become mature, cost of acquiring users is now rising since there are a lot of well funded players now in the space. It will become more and more important to differentiate yourself using design/marketing techniques to get an audience.
M: What do you think about the changes introduced by Apple with iOS7?
T: I embrace the changes. Design-wise, I think a lot of good things have been done. Some did not like it when it was first released but I think people are getting used to it slowly. And we are now seeing a lot of good design being released in iOS 7 apps. I love browsing the “Made for iOS 7” category in the App store.
M: For you, how important is the user interface for an application to be successful? Could you please explain us why?
T: Well, it is what the user interacts with the most in your app. It is the easiest way to set yourself apart from other apps. If your interface is clunky or hard to use, no one will come back to using the app. If it gives them a fuzzy good feeling, then they will remember that and want to keep using it more and more.
M: How App Design Vault is helping iOS developers in their research of the perfect design?
T: Our templates give you ideas of different styles you can have in your app. We have about 30 templates and we just don’t offer design assets. We actually implement these assets in a mocked up app. For example, we have a design template called Trackbeam and the template shows you how you can use those assets in a Music app. I took the same assets and made a movie trailer app which you can download for free on the App Store here.
M: Why App Design Vault is better than just hiring a designer? Why are you different?
T: It isn’t better, but it is surely cheaper. App Design Vault is for the independent developer who doesn’t have $2000 to go hire a designer. You can still get a stunning app on the store. If developers do have the budget, I always advise them to go hire a designer as they will get good value for their money.
M: Do you have an example of one successful app which has used your service?
T: We do have loads of app that have used our service. You can see some of them listed here.
M: And what can you say about us, do you like the Chupamobile concept?
T: It is a similar concept to what App Design Vault is. Giving developers a jump start in their design or code without having to do everything from scratch. I think your service is surely one that is needed in the space. Good job!.
M: Do you have any advice regarding graphics and design for the Chupamobile community?
T: Yes, always think about your end user when you are designing your app. Don’t add unnecessary assets or design just to make your app look pretty. Functionality comes first.