How to design for iOS based devices

I think User Experience has became one of the most important concepts used in the digital era. Now everybody (software developers & companies) aims at delivering the highest level of user satisfaction via their products. In my view, the importance of user experience has been overwhelmingly recognized after the success of Apple products.

Steve Jobs has shown us that; when it is easy to use a product, people will enjoy using it and resist switching to other brands. You can view a loyalty research made on mobile devices from this link.

So today I wanted to share a few guidelines on designing user interfaces on iOS devices. I have used Apple’s original guidelines document, and it is fully accessible on this link.

1.An app should fit well on the device. You should make sure that your app looks and feels like it was designed expressly for an iOS based device. If it feels like it was designed for a different device or web, people are less likely to value it.

2.People respond to gestures, not clicks. They tap a button to activate it, or pinch open to zoom in on an image. So an app should use the gestures that people know.

3.You should provide a beautiful, custom app icon that people will enjoy seeing in app store and home screen.

4.Consistency in interface allows user to transfer their knowledge and skills from one application to another. A consistent application is not a copy of other applications, rather it takes advantage of standards.

5.An application should be consistent within itself too. Text should use uniform terminology and style. Same icons should always mean the same thing.

6.Virtual objects and action in an application are metaphors for real world objects. Using metaphors allows users to quickly grasp how to use the app. The most common example is the folder icon. People put things in a folder, so they do the same on PC.

7.An application should give user the maximum control while preventing dangerous outcomes. User may want to stop an operation that is underway or they should get a chance to confirm their intention to perform a potentially destructive action.

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How the future will come?

I have encountered many futuristic videos since last year. As the introduction of touch screens and mobile technologies, the scenarios of how the future will be became a hot topic. The ability to seize gestures, or being able to respond to various sounds and eye movements seem to be the next big thing coming.

We already have some examples for these technologies. Siri in iPhone 4S is an example of how we can control a software with voice commands. I am sure currently there are products that depicts the other technologies I mentioned, but I haven’t used any of them.

So in below, there is the video of a future smart phone by Nokia based on invisibility and intuition.

GarageBand – iPad 2

I just watched the video of iPad 2  and I am pretty impressed with the new features.  It is true that, because of digitalization, we do not use many of the stuff we used to use anymore; clocks, pen, paper, cd etc… Everything is much easier now, we can purchase e-books, e- magazines and immediately have them on our devices after the purchase. Instead of buying traditional newspaper, now we can access latest news on internet any time. We write on computers. We shot videos and send them through social network sites. We do not buy casettes or cds for music as we used to do, instead we download from internet. We do not need to have a thermometer at home to learn the temperature, cause we can check it online. All of these sounds ordinary. But the application I learned about today, blew my mind away. So now we do not need to own a musical instrument to play.

We only need GarageBand application. The application includes many different types of instruments and have a lot of features that I do not really know what for. I cant play any instruments so I am not sure what kind of features people need when they compose a song. I am more interested in the basic parts. The application has guitar and piano lessons for beginners. I will try for piano! =) It even has a “How did I play?” part. So I will play and it is going to tell me, how i am doing.

The application costs 4.99$ and once you purchase it, you get the chance to play many instruments. If you watch the video below, you will see that the digital instruments give a pretty good feeling of real ones. GarageBand part starts after 3rd minute. I am sure they will not be the same as the real instruments but I find this innovation as a big impact to stimulate children to learn to play musical instruments and encourage them to make music. I do not own an  iPad so I didn’t try this application but i assume as the other devices or softwares of Apple,  this application will probably be easy to use  for everyone.

Windows Phone 7

Microsoft is working on to get its share on mobile operating systems but it seems like they are a little behind in the competition. Recently they released an update for the OS and the update have caused some of the Samsung phones to become bricked.

Users and potential users may waver because with the  failure of the update on a particular type of phone may make users lose their faith in the OS.

In my opinion Microsoft must do something substential soon and get their share in the smart phone market.