Today, there is a lot of hue and cry over which technology is the best. There are people rooting for different kinds of scripts and there are developers working day and night to improve upon what is usually considered the best technology to create an app.
However, a lot of businesses, companies and even c-level executives fail to understand the importance and rather, the vitality of user experience and more specifically, the front-end.
Businesses will have to understand that even if the most dynamic, flexible and versatile programming language is used to create the back-end or the under-the-hood features of any application, all these efforts might be rendered futile if not for an interactive, intuitive, and an interesting user interface. Front-end plays a very major role in making or destroying the success of an app.
Designing the front-end that meets the requirements of the user and stands in line with the brand philosophy of the business is quite a difficult confluence to achieve. However, there are a few best practices that can be Inc to ensure that your front end design does not miserably fail. Front-end development companies should take note of these tips and tricks to ensure that they do not compromise in delivering the best front-end design to their clients.
Nothing beats design apps for design
It is to be remembered that when you create a design for a front-end from scratch it should be the creativity that rules and not the code. Therefore, it is highly recommended that you start designing with usual designing applications like Adobe Photoshop or Adobe Illustrator. Designing software helps you get it in detail without compromising on the limitations offered by the code. Also, there are chances that the expertise in code might be available somewhere else but the understanding of design might not be. Therefore, it is better to have your design in .PSD. This will also give you enough room to make minor changes that can redefine your design and user experience.
Catch up with the design
The main aim of front-end design is to ensure that everything falls in place and everything together speaks the common brand language. There might be an impressive element that would look extremely eye-catching on a standalone basis. However, it might not fit into the color schemes and the general tone of the other elements involved in the design. Therefore, it is important for you to understand that it is never about elements but about an ecosystem.
Understand the typography
Something as simple as a font makes all the difference in the design. Designers spent quite a lot of time in understanding the fonts, the psychology the emotions it evokes, and the way it connects with users, above everything the way in which it fits with the brand philosophy.
Although it might seem trivial, it is strongly suggested that you spend a lot of time understanding the fact that will go along with your front end. Also, it is important to ensure that while the fonts do not look out of place, it would be good for the funds to look similar but not congruent.
Avoid tunnel vision
Maybe minimalism might be an accepted school of thinking in a lot of ways but it doesn’t essentially with respect to design all the time. It is better not to confine your focus to a single detail. It is rather recommended that you make the focal aspect stand out from the rest of the crowd.
Always think about design as a user-facing aspect than thinking about it as a skill-set of your own. Taking a screenshot of the app or web interface and then designing the elements in accordance with what the user sees would be a good idea to ensure that all the elements involved fall in place!
Define the hierarchy
Just like a human being, it is important to understand the relationships between the elements involved in the grand scheme of design. For a user, it’s just about the app going with their intuitive flow. The front-end designer has the responsibility to understand the psychology of the user and play along, so the users not only find it easy to use the app but also enjoyable.
Tinder is a great example of how a simple novelty in the UI in line with intuitiveness can go a long way. How exciting it is to ‘swipe’ right or left rather than ‘click’ on accept or reject?
Understand white spaces and negative spaces
When it comes to design, there are always spaces where you do nothing but they do convey something – in fact, a lot! It would be a good practice to take care of the white spaces an the negative spaces. It is good to give a declutters and defined look to your app. At the same time, your app shouldn’t be so ‘decluttered’ that it feels empty.
Also, negative spaces can be effectively used to convey a hidden or direct information. The logo of Yoga Australia is an amazing example of how negative spaces can work wonders.
In the words fo Neil Armstrong, it might be one small download for a user but one giant endeavour for the designer. Front-end app development companies need to ensure that all the aspects of design are perfectly understood, so it doesn’t only delight their client, but also the clients of their clients!