Designing user interfaces sometimes involves an exchange of ideas between designers and their target users. To continue to improve user experience, designers must first understand user needs.
The challenge is different factors play a role in how a design will turn out. These factors, such as current trends, needs and wants of the users, and different technological advancements, are constantly evolving.
Despite the amount of considerations involved in the process, UI design warrants constant attention, particularly in Android application development. The reason being is that efficient user interface paves the way for positive user experience and good app performance.
Android apps recorded over 100 billion downloads in 2022. For your app to attract desired download response and audience share, hiring professional UI designers is imperative.
Android UI designers solve problems users typically encounter with previous design versions. Their role is indispensable as it’s directly related to consumer satisfaction. That said, there are different qualities they should possess for them to perform their job effectively and stand out in the competitive talent pool. We talk about some of them in this post.
A designer’s prerequisite skill is creativity. Without it, creating a functional design, let alone visualising it, will be difficult.
For a UI designer, it’s not enough to be merely creative, being patient with the process is also imperative. Several factors must be taken into account when developing designs, and having patience will keep them from becoming overwhelmed.
Android is the most widely used mobile operating system in the world. Its users have diverse characteristics that influence their perception towards a design. Android devices are also used for different purposes by different people, may it be for professional or personal use.
As such, UI designers should create designs that could satisfy professional and personal needs. Fortunately, Android is flexible when it comes to design, which means greater freedom in exploring creative ideas.
Finally, as a designer, you’ll always be working with various individuals, such as a UX designer. You must be patient with others and be open to criticisms to ensure the quality of the design and a positive user experience.
A designer should understand the behavior of their users and their environment.
Since its initial release in 2008, Android’s ecosystem has undergone significant changes. From their transition from dark colors to bright ones, card-based concepts, the introduction of Google assistant, Android’s extensive upgrades are for the benefit of its users.
The introduction of Material Design, which is an Android-oriented design language created by Google, paved the way for much simpler and more functional designs. Android UI designers must be adaptive to these changes.
In 2018, Google launched the latest version of Material Design which is called Material You, which uses a humanistic approach towards design. Users want more control and expression over their devices. That’s why Material You created designs that can be personalised and are adaptable for its users.
A UI designer must also anticipate possible constraints in these developments and produce intuitive designs. They should be able to understand the needs of their users. Being adaptive to these developments will help in creating designs that provide a smooth overall user experience.
Uniqueness is something that consumers look forward to when it comes to designs.
Most of the time, an application designer follows a set of guidelines that they incorporate in their design. However, aiming for the non-conventional designs challenges the norms and opens a lot of opportunities in UI designing. It’s a risky move, but out-of-the-box designs set an application apart from its competitors.
It’s wise to follow traditions in design, especially if you’re a beginner, but don’t be constrained by it. As a creative, continually exploring and adapting to changes is necessary to boost competitiveness.
Forbes predicts that UI design, as a tech skill, will continue to grow over the next decade as companies undergo digital transformation.
If you’re looking for competent Android UI designers, User Experience Researchers, a Singapore-based leading UX UI agency offering strategic and innovative designs, can refer highly-skilled candidates to your team.