When you are a first getting involved in a new skill or hobby, it’s common to have a multitude of questions on the subject. Thankfully, there are often people out there with the same questions as you looking for answers. When it comes to a subject like app design, we often receive questions such as “What is UX?” and “How do I design with the end-user in mind?”

In this article, we are going to explore a few of these FAQs (or frequently asked questions) and do our part to help you better understand the app development process. As a software development shop, we have been asked our fair share of these questions and will do our best to answer them.

Now, without further ado, let’s first take a look at common Q, “What is UX?”

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What is UX?

Let’s begin with a general definition in response to “What is UX?”

User experience design (UX, UXD, UED or XD) is the process of enhancing user satisfaction with a product by improving the usability, accessibility, and pleasure provided in the interaction with the product.

Essentially, UX is a design philosophy centered around the experience of the user. This may sound simple, but you would be surprised how often these principles are ignored. In the world of software development, however, UX has emerged as a vital tool to creating functioning and marketable products.

As new technologies emerged such as IoT and wearables that are focused on creating exceptional user experiences, UX design will continue to be prominent in the software development world. Don’t fall behind and make sure UX is a part of your design projects today.

Check out our previous FAQ here!

What is UI?

Now, if you were wondering “What is UX?” you have probably wondered the same about UI. The first thing you should know is that they are not the same. While UX focuses on the experience of the user, UI is centered on the interface with which the user interacts with your product. So, for instance, UX design would be the aesthetics of a mobile app’s design, while UI would be how you move from one step to the next within the app.

In the same way that UX has taken the software development world by storm, UI has followed close on its heels. After all, if you design a good-looking app with poor functionality, neither UX nor UI will work properly. However, when you are able to apply the principles of both trains of through, you can create truly efficient and effective software.

What is a wireframe?

If you have ever wondered how to get an app made, but aren’t sure where to start, you might have heard of a wireframe. If you haven’t, wireframes are skeletal images that show the layout and functions of an app or software. Often, wireframing is one of the first steps toward designing your product, so it is vital to the overall success.

By laying out the proper design principles and functions early in the development with a wireframe, you can stamp out bugs before they become a problem. Taking this step is a key to good design and a good product, so now that you know what a wireframe is, make sure you add this to your process.

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What’s the difference between Hybrid vs. Native app development?

Another step in the app design process is deciding whether you are going to opt for Hybrid vs. Native for your development. In order to make this decision, you will need to know the difference between Hybrid and Native apps.

Hybrid development is geared toward creating an app that can be used across multiple platforms, such as iOS, Android, or web. While this can save time and money on the development, the functionality of Hybrid apps is far inferior to those of Native apps.

On the other hand, Native development seeks to create multiple apps for each platform, taking advantage of the strengths and weaknesses of the platform you are developing for. Since it often requires multiple apps, Native is the more expensive option, but often is worth the money in the long-run.

Should I develop for iOS, Android, or both?

In a similar vein as the Hybrid vs. Native app development, deciding which platforms to develop for can be a hard choice to make. While there are benefits of iOS and Android development, without the proper research, you won’t know whether to just go after one, the other, or both.

When you come to this scenario, it’s important to remember our first FAQ “What is UX?” The principles of UX design can be used here to discover which platform is best for your development. Put together some user stories and research on the market you will be serving and decide based on this which platform best suits your end-user’s needs.

How do you design with the end-user in mind?

This leads us to our next FAQ: How do you design with the end-user in mind? When it comes to app development, keeping the end-user in mind is important to the success of your app, but it can be difficult to understand exactly what those users are thinking.

The first solution is to track and utilize mobile app analytics. You should start monitoring your user’s behavior right from the very beginning. However, if you don’t already have an app on which you can monitor them, the next best thing is to simply ask. Surveys, questionnaires, and polls are just a few ways to gauge your audience’s tastes.

However, the most important part of this process is the follow-through. It’s one thing to collect all of this data, it’s another to use it well. Remember this when you begin your development and make sure you haven’t put in the time for nothing.

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Final thoughts

Whether you are just getting involved in app design or have been developing for a while, we hope that these FAQ answers were insightful for your project. As app developers ourselves, we know that the best way to brainstorm mobile app ideas and solutions is through open communication.

If you find that you still have any questions you would like us to answer, let us know. We’d love to help you out!