Design plays a vital role when developing
user interfaces with the goal of creating rich immersive experiences for end
users. Mobile application development involves many other factors besides
setting the stage size to match small screens or mapping functions to a
device's soft keys.
The visual elements that comprise the user
experience on mobile devices are themselves becoming more important as devices
become more complex and users become more adept. I believe there is a great
opportunity at this time to help shape the future of user interfaces on
handheld devices and promote intuitive interaction as a standard. Making
something beautiful, as well as functional, will result in an application that
is useful and offers a more interesting and compelling experience for
Put simply: small is beautiful. When
interface design effortlessly fulfils the purpose of an application while also enhancing
its aesthetic, there is a greater chance that the end product will be
successful. Users are naturally more drawn towards an application that they
view as enjoyable and engaging.
During the pre-planning stage of mobile
development, remember that you are designing applications for a mobile
lifestyle meaning that your target audience may be anywhere in the world when
they use your application. The key is to create elegant and simple designs that
focus directly on the users' needs. A good mobile application is not only easy
to use but provides entertainment and services on demand.
In addition, you should strive to offer
functionality that results in creative interactive experiences, because users
tend to develop an emotional attachment to an application that they can
personalize and customize to make it feel like their own. Build a project that
includes visual and audio elements that are defined by user preferences and
that offers an intuitive, enjoyable interface design and you've got a winning
It is fairly common for designers to think
of Adobe Photoshop first when discussing their primary design tools. However,
with the release of Fireworks CS4 beta, I feel that this mindset may change.
Once you appreciate the power of Fireworks CS4 beta, you begin to realize that
its integration with Photoshop offers an efficient workflow for crafting rapid
I use Fireworks CS4 beta almost exclusively
on every project I create for mobile devices. It is my first choice because I
find it to be much more user friendly in terms of creating graphics and
exporting files to a wide variety of formats. Additionally, the integration
between Fireworks CS4 beta and Adobe Flash is just fantastic. This article
provides real-world considerations and tips for creating assets for your mobile
development projects using Fireworks CS4 beta.