5 Golden Rules for the Design and Development of an iPhone app
So the board meeting was called, and the marketing team made their big announcement. Your customers are big on mobile, they are devoted followers of the Apple cult, and it’s time to develop and design an iPhone app.
Mobile development is certainly on the tip of the tongue of every online business at the moment. Smartphones are becoming increasingly affordable, and customers are willing to engage with brands on their phones. iPhone users are at the forefront of this movement, encapsulating a demographic of online shoppers and early adopters of digital services. Accessing this lucrative market begins with assessing the strengths and weaknesses of iphone app development services, and aligning these with your own goals.
In this article, we have laid out some of the initial considerations you might make when embarking on your journey towards designing and developing an iPhone application.
Define iPhone application features in detail
The first and most important step is to ensure that you have a really clear vision of what you want to achieve with your iPhone app. This must cover specific features, which meet and hopefully surpass those provided by your closest competitors. Carry out market research, assess the competition and make a list of the application features most important to your audience. This may seem like an obvious step, but companies often breeze through this stage of planning only to realise that they have forgotten to include important features later in development. Adding these features later on usually accrues additional design and development costs, so it is important to be thorough.
Choose a specialist iPhone design and development agency
I cannot overstate the importance of choosing an agency that is specialized in the design and development of iPhone applications. Full service web design agencies often have a different view of best practice UI design and development. A team specialized in mobile will ship an application that is future proofed, and looks aesthetically stunning on the full spectrum of devices. This extra elegance and usability performance will blow your competition out of the water, making your iPhone application a market leader in your industry.
Brief your project collaboratively
Work with your agency partner to put together a watertight creative brief for your designers and developers. At YML, we ensure that designs are overseen by developers so that any potential hurdles are identified early on. This enables us to find solutions to challenges without losing valuable time. The briefing process should consist of a series of open discussions about your application between client, designers, developers and strategic consultants.
Communicate as much as possible
Any development process must be flexible. Expectations change, and new learnings often emerge during the application development process. Keeping a free flowing line of communication with your iPhone development agency is critical to ensure that your iPhone app meets your expectations. Our policy of regular progress review guarantees that our clients are satisfied with their application and do not face any unexpected compromise.
Partner with a team that is passionate about mobile
Stick with me on this one. If your development agency doesn’t get you fired up about the design and development of your iPhone app, you may have the wrong agency. The possibilities in mobile development are as diverse as your imagination. This industry is all about the marriage of incredible UI design, and intuitive development. A well built app will be a joy to use. If you are faced with a bog standard proposal for a yawningly run-of-the-mill application, then contact the YMediaLabs team and let us blow your mind with cool features and super-slick aesthetics. Our passion for mobile is infectious!