Its been a few months since I last posted mainly due to work commitments. During this time however I have also been working on a solo project called WeightMate an app currently available on Android. This post is just a welcome back and intro to my new project.
Focussing on good UX Design the aim was to create an application that would stand out in the Weight Tracker category as a “nice looking application” that hopefully people will be attracted to use. It also serves a purpose as an experiment to see if first impressions count when downloading apps. WIll users download an app with less functionality because it looks and feels better ? Will they be more patient because the app looks better ? Many questions I aim to find some answers to with this application.
Most importantly it serves as my dive back into android development after over a year hiatus. I love the design and development process and focussed on how best to do this. Being a developer we are classically tagged as not being able to design but thats not true sometimes we just don’t have the correct tools or knowledge of the correct tools (Il cover in another post). So I spoke to colleagues and friends about how they approach UX design in mobile apps. I looked around the market seen what other apps did and worked backwards from the negative comments to come up with a vision/concept of how I wanted it to look visually I then ran this by friends and family iterating over their feedback to come up with my final design.
From the development perspective I wanted to try something new I had recently read The Lean Startup and once of the concepts mentioned is the Build,Measure,Learn cycle and MVP(Minimum Viable Product ) which I will discuss in a future post also.
I have quite a few posts I want to cover in the next few days so I figure if I commit to them here I will have to write them
- Lean Agile Principles
- Lean Startup
- Android Studio – Librarys
- UX Tools for Developers
- Development Best Practice