There are number of articles that show how mobile usage has developed and how mobile-friendly content is important. It’s true, as a recent study gone by TechJournal states that by 2016 mobile users will overtake PC users. It means that after 2 years, people will start using their mobile more often than their PCs. So that’s where graphic designers are becoming in demand. So if you are a graphic designer, and want to get started in iOS design, here are 8 tips to help you.
1. Get to know the resolutions of Apple devices
If you want your design to look awesome in Apple devices, there is one thing that you should know and remember forever – the resolution of devices.
The resolution of iPhone 6 is 1334 x 750 and the one of iPhone 6 Plus is 1920 x 1080. As to iPad Air, its resolution is 2048 x 1536.
Take into account, that though the resolution have increased in the new versions of Apple devices, the files still need to be saved at 72 DPI.
2. Full screen design
Another great tip to take into consideration is that your design needs to be adjusted to full screen. You should let the content to extend to the edges of the screen. It will result in better visibility and better impression.
3. Start with wireframe
Always begin with the basic outline of your app. Remember that the more detailed you make it, the better understanding you would have of what else is needed to be done. The aim of this is to understand how the app will be presented to the users. When you are done with sketches, it is time to create wireframes in Photoshop.
4. First, make it for smaller device
You should start designing first for iPhones. When you design your version for iPhone it will be easier to create the one for iPad, because it is always much easier to add some elements, than to cut them.
5. Use warm and bright colors
The new trend in iOS design is bright colors. When you create an icon, app or something else, make sure that it is in bright colors. However, make sure that it is not too showy.
6. Use the right format
Like web pages, PSD file is the standard format. However, there can be some clients and developers who would like to have the individual elements of the design. So make sure that these elements are saved in the most preferable format for iOS apps – PNG format.
7. Create the right buttons
If you take a look at any icon in iOS 8, you will definitely notice that the buttons are borderless which give them a unique look. So, don’t use borders. Instead, try using the perfect context, the right color and an awesome title which will indicate a concise CTA.
8. Take advantage of iOS Dev Center
If you want to get some resources which will help you in iOS design, iOS Dev Center is just for you. There are number of interesting, useful resources, tips and tricks for designers.
So here are the main tips which can help you a lot to get started in iOS design. Do you have other tips in your mind? Share them with us in the comments below.
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