Mobile App Design and Discovery Step By Step Guide. A Must for Start-Ups

Mobile App Design and Discovery Step-By-Step Guide

In today’s world, app development is a necessary evil. It has become a necessary part of doing business, and our lives as consumers are constantly being influenced by new technologies that may or may not come from this field- whether we like it or not. It’s easy to get overwhelmed with the details of developing a mobile app, so you must have someone on board who knows what they are doing.

WebX Mobile’s Design and Discovery Session will help make sure your product can be both useful as well aesthetically pleasing for users.

We put a lot of attention on product discovery to ensure that our clients can take full advantage of your app’s features, whether you’re building them from scratch or improving an existing one with user-friendly updates like iOS 7 compatibility.

Mobile app design

How to design a mobile app

A Design and Discovery session helps businesses develop creative new ideas by following a design-thinking framework:

  • The product should be aligned with the company’s goals and objectives.
  • Explain the business result.
  • By doing competitive research, identify market viability.
  • Design user personas that are rooted in extensive research.
  • Design a prototype that communicates the concept of your product with user wireframes, journeys, and mockups.
  • Create and prioritize your product roadmap to ensure that you’re on time every day of the week!
  • Enter the market quickly with innovative features that will make a lasting impact.

A key part of mobile app design is identifying what users want, which can be difficult without knowing their needs. Design thinking helps identify these needs by getting input from multiple angles, so you know how people will interact with your product or service before creating anything. Unfortunately, mobile apps don’t always perform as expected in some cases (and for many reasons). This can be frustrating because businesses need to revisit their strategies in order to reach product goals efficiently! Design and Discovery help them do just that:

  • Consistently align mobile efforts with business goals through reorganized product strategies.
  • Outline a clear and engaging vision for the product to scale.
  • Develop an analytics strategy for the app.
  • Confirm market opportunity.
  • You should realign the features of your product with what users want instead of assuming they need it.
  • Define a user retention strategy to ensure your consumers are not leaving the purchased product or service.
  • Also, define opportunities for long-term growth so you can keep them coming back in future purchases!

A design and discovery session can help a company find its perfect product idea with four high-priority areas of focus: strategy, definition, visualization, or presentation. There are five steps in this process which we’ll explore further in today’s article.”

  • App Development StrategyProduct Strategy

In order to create a successful mobile product, designers must first understand their customer’s needs and expectations. So, this first phase is all about understanding the requirements and expectations. You need to know who you’re designing for, what they want out of their mobile product (or anything) so that we get into our Empathize stage in this framework.

By adopting strategic empathy, product teams can use the same perspective as their customers. Product teams that are empathetic to their end-users find it easier and more rewarding work. They can be likelier guess what people want or need better, which means they’ll get the product right every time.

Product Strategy phase involved:

  • The main goal and purpose of a mobile app product.
  • A business case that offers a product.
  • The business challenges what the product wants to solve.
  • The needs of the target audience.

The following deliverables are produced by Product Strategy:

  • A timeline of the project
  • Product requirement and documented
  • Product purpose or goal statement
  • Marketable features list
  • User personas

Creating A Product Vision Statement

A product vision statement allows you to create a definite sense of direction towards the end goal of the application. Defining your product’s vision helps you define what problem your users are facing and how they can be solved by using your solution. A concentrated product vision statement:

  • Defines the users of a product.
  • Brings the solution to the problem that users are facing.
  • Define a unique, innovative product that will stand apart from the competition and upgrade customers.

A product vision statement allows all project stakeholders to visualize a clear and concise image of their final result. The process starts by establishing an area that will allow businesses to focus on features and set specific criteria to achieve those goals.

Creating User Personas

User personas are the building blocks of UX design. They help you know who will be using your app and in what ways, so when designing an interface for them, it’s much easier to avoid common problems that arise without this understanding.

Creating user personas starts with understanding the different types of people who will be trying to use your app, their backgrounds, motivations, and problems they’re facing. Then, you can improve your product’s function and design by appealing to these demographics more effectively if you know your target audience and what they want.

Creating a persona is depends on your specific purpose and desired outcome. However, here is a guideline that you can follow:

For instance, if you know that most of your users are new to your app, developing a persona like the one featured here would be useful. You can read up on some of the most common mobile app personas UX designers create for further inspiration. Keep in mind that while creating personas is extremely useful for improving your product, they should never replace real user testing, data analysis, and other UX practices required to make informed design changes.

Identifying Marketable Features

How should the product team identify what features will make their mobile app both usable and useful?

The answer is to fully define the vision, objectives, success criteria for that particular product. The best of these will naturally emerge during implementation as you map out how it can help achieve both business goals and meet user desires in any way possible.

  • Product Definition

In this phase, product teams work to ensure that the core features of an MVP are prioritized and aligned with user needs. Additionally, existing apps revisit old features to meet and exceed expectations, providing customers won’t be disappointed.

The process of creating a product starts by first identifying all the features that are needed for it. Then, product teams use this list as the prioritization matrix featured on our downloadable MVP template that can help them do just this!

It’s important to know which features are mandatory and essential for your product, but initially, it may not be feasible. Therefore, focus on implementing only those that will help you achieve success criteria before adding any others.

The following Steps helps the team to define the product definition:

  • Always ask unique and right questions.
  • In product features, create variety and quantity.
  • Solutions that are not immediately apparent.
  • Combine strengths of different perspectives and experiences to make up a successful group.
  • Visualization

The UX and UI design of your product are important to get right. Therefore, the third stage of Design and Discovery focuses on creating a visual solution that details the user experience, what they see when using it, and how easy or difficult an interface might be for them, depending on their needs.

The steps involved in the Visualization phase are accomplished when you define:

  • Visual representation of the end user’s journey.
  • Get user value in the UX and UI design of a product.
  • Presentation

During the last stage of Design and Discovery, participants work together to build a clickable app prototype. This allows time for critical design issues before development begins and makes changes that may have been too expensive or impossible at an earlier date-point when designs were finalized without prototypes being created first.

A prototype can be a great way for product teams to learn how users interact with their “rough draft” of an idea. This process helps them identify new solutions or determine whether the existing one is successful by uncovering problems from prototypes. Based on their context, all project stakeholders can have more accurate information about challenges faced when using these products.

User Persona

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Design and Discovery is an excellent way to manage scope creep, which occurs when a project grows far beyond its original size. If you haven’t properly defined the product or changes during development without consulting with team members on their vision for what should happen in those situations, it would be easy to change plans and control your strategy entirely. Instead, design & Discovery ensures that every decision made by all parties involved remains focused on achieving one goal: creating something great (and staying within agreed-upon boundaries).

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Ahmed Hamdy

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