Best User Interface (UI) Design Tips For Android Application
“The great UI design is an attractive component of an application”
In this article, you are going to learn more about UI Design tips to make your Android application look good. It’s important to take care when designing your app. You want it to be intuitive and easy to use that’s commonly referred to as User Interface Design (UI).
But you also want it to be pretty and enjoyable so much. So, the user actually finds it delightful to use that’s what we’re discussing about the design of the app.
But in all cases, you must be careful it can be tempting to overdo the design to over-engineer it to try to create delight.
If your design actually gets in the way of the functionality then no matter how pretty it is, your users will become frustrated and your app is worse off.
Steps to improve your Android application design:
The easiest and simplest ways to quickly improve the design of your app:
- The first thing easy ways that you can incorporate animation into your app.
- Then we will know about the importance of coloring your navigation bar.
- once you decide to incorporate color into your app which colors should you use.
- we will know a little bit about color and how you can pick matching color palettes.
- why you should customize UI kit and not use default UI kit things like table view cells.
Here are some simple tips to keep in mind when constructing any kind of animation for your app.
A general rule of thumb is to keep your animations below one second and generally prefer maybe around one-quarter of a second the average length for your animation.
You never want to block user interaction for the sake of animation. It might look really pretty but if we have to see that animation more than once and it takes more than a second.
We are going to get really annoyed if we can’t click the buttons. We want to click while the animation is happening.
UI table views are among the most common way to display information in iOS.
The easiest way to incorporate animation into your app is by animating table view cells as they are inserted or into table views thankfully Apple provides some very easy ways to incorporate animation into UI table views.
You can see the six UI table view modification methods that also incorporate animation listed here you can:
whole sections of UI table view with animations similarly you can insert delete or reload individual rows in a UI table view.
UI kit provides various ways to animate the changes including fade move in from right left top or bottom appear from the middle and even an automatic mode that tries to figure out the best animation based on the modification that’s taking place.
Animations to great effect all with one line of code, in this case, we’re using reload sections with row animation the animation style depends on the button that’s tapped.
- When the top left-hand button is tapped the cell’s animated from the left.
- When the middle button is tapped they animate from the middle.
- When the right button is tapped if they animate from the right
Again all that is done with one line of code so there’s really no excuse to not include UI Table view animations in your app when really no excuse to not include UI table view animations in your app.
Importance of coloring the navigation bar:
The first thing you can do to distinguish your app from others by adopting a signature color including it in various places in your app.
But most importantly in your navigation bar, this is Evernote won the 2013 Apple Design Award.
There are some things that make it great in my opinion like:
Interesting typography easily understood navigation and the most obvious thing at first glance the integration of the brand color in the navigation bar.
There are also some things that are not so good:
I think Evernote overdoes the use of the brand color.
Take a look at on the right I find it hard to distinguish anything in that sea of green this is pan.
The left side pitcher Oh, perfect it won the 2014 Apple Design Award I like how the interface is simple and focuses on the content.
The design is good but is understated to allow the most important thing the panoramic photos constructed and shared within the app to really be the focal point.
I also like the incorporation of nice dark grey color in the top tab bar.
I will say about why dark grey is good in a bit and finally, of course, you can’t help but notice the integration of the brand’s blue color in the navigation bar.
This UI isn’t so different from makes two-gram which you’ve already made and this one an Apple Design Award it just goes to show that good design is within reach of all developers and that simplicity is often the key.
How to color your navigation bar:
navigation bar completely in the storyboard and without touching a line of code so that you can do it for your app first we should create a new single view application.
Then we will name it as color navbar run it so that we can see how an empty application looks like while it’s compiling we will open up the main storyboard so we can see what’s in there the app is compiled and the simulator will open not so surprisingly our empty application looks empty.
We will delete the default view controller and replace it with a navigation controller the navigation controller also comes with a root table view controller to make sure we see something when the application launches next we will specify the navigation controller as the initial view controller.
Now when we run the app we see a nice empty table view with the title root view controller and some space for our navigation bar.
At the top now let’s color the navigation bar in the document outline panel on the left click the navigation bar item in the root navigation controller now make sure that you have the attributes inspector panel.
Open on the right to set the bar tint option at the top and choose the color now when you run it we can see the navigation bar is in fact tinted with the selected color.
How to choose the primary color for your app?
The question arises how do you know what color you should choose as your apps primary color if you find yourself lost in a sea of colors.
Then I have a good idea you can choose one of these eight colors recommended by Apple.
These colors are actually listed in Apple’s human interface guidelines as recommended.
It’s not to say you can’t use any other colors in fact if you’re able to decide on a different one you probably should but if you find color picking to be difficult feel free to go with one of these.
They’re listed here with their RGB values one thing to notice is that these colors are all fairly light.
I would recommend a light color over a dark color for your app’s primary color as a dark color can feel heavy and oppressive and wouldn’t necessarily match the aesthetic of the rest of the operating system.
Here Are Some Tips that Apply Generally to Most Forms of Design:
In most cases, you should avoid pure black pure. Black is something rarely encountered in nature black holes being a major exception but here on earth most colors you see
And may perceive as black are actually dark grey even when you close your eyes you’re still seeing a dark grey or even a mild gray.
As an experiment try closing your eyes you might think this to be black but now with your eyes remaining closed. Cover each eye with the meaty part of the palm of each of your hands notice how much darker everything became this may be the closest thing to pure black you will see naturally but you will notice that you might start to see dancing patterns as your brain tries to make up for lack of sensory input.
In any case, because pure black is not something we commonly perceive it probably doesn’t belong in your app the background of the slides in this video are not pure black
They’re ten percent gray if for some reason you would like to use pure blacks you may want to avoid placing purely white things like text for
For example on top of the contrast is good for legibility but extreme contrast is not natural and can fatigue your users.
UI kit is great because it does much of the work of constructing a user interface for us however the default UI kit objects are often very bland this is an intentional move on Apple’s part as they don’t want to be too suggestive with their default settings because of the default.
UI kit objects are very bland it’s best to avoid leaving the default settings for one thing the default UI table view cell is only 44 points high Apple recommends a minimum of 40 by 40 points for any touchable area that means that the feature points higher than the minimum touchable size.
Default UI table view cells are difficult to touch and don’t result in a great user experience it’s for that reason that we recommend you make your cells chunky and easy to touch go for somewhere between 60 to 80 points in height.
You will also almost always want to use custom UI table view cells so that you can provide custom behaviors or contextual information to your users depending on the functionality of your app the more contextual information you can provide in your cell without over cluttering the interface the better it will be for your users.
Examples of chunky UI table view cells:
Chunky UI table view cells from iOS on the left are the App Store top grossing charts in each cell is a rank and icon a title a rating and a purchase button it’s approaching cluttered though.
It can be argued that it’s not quite there yet all of that contextual information is there to help the user decide if they want to download an app or not for many users this information
particularly the icon and rating may be enough to convince them to download without having to look at screenshots or reviews on the right is the photo album.
The thumbnail provides the user with important contextual information with
just a date or album title name the user would probably have a hard time remembering which photos are where but with the thumbnail.
The user’s memory is jump-started so that they can recognize each album quickly in both cases the cells are large and easy to click.
If you want your application to be successful you have to consider UI. Try to minimal your design for better UI.Try to focus on 1 or 2 actions per screen don’t fill the screen with random content keep headlines and text concise and clearly use brand colors.
It is always suggested to discuss with clients to know their preferences. And also to have a good understanding of the trends that happens in the industry.