Design That Inspires: Great Apps
There are countless web pages on the internet that are beautifully designed and extremely user friendly, however how many times have you downloaded the app counterpart and it has fallen flat in comparison? In 2021 the average American spent 88% of their mobile screen time on apps and apps need to provide great user experience to stand out among 3 million apps that are already available to download on Google Play. But what makes a good app experience? I asked our team of talented designers to discuss some of their favourite apps from a range of industries. From great design to exceptional usability these apps are at the top of their game.
While maybe not an obvious app for the general public, the Windy weather app is a must for people who want live forecasts. For weather geeks, runners and cyclists, or just those who want to know a more detailed explanation of the weather for the day, this beautifully designed app is extremely user friendly and works well on both iPads and iPhones. Reviews boast that the app has the most user friendly interface of any of its like minded counterparts, and with a 4.9 star rating on the app store and 4 thousand reviews you can’t argue with the responses – with the added bonus of being that it is ad-free and completely free!
This came in as a firm favourite in the team. The interface of the app does a great job of condensing a large amount of information to fit the small mobile or tablet screen, whilst maintaining a strong brand presence which matches other media channels. The app allows for personalisation such as picking your favourite teams to receive curated content specifically around what you will want to see. The app acts as a go to for everything sport that you could need – offering podcasts, news, social media, articles and news all in one place.
If you have spent as much time as us in the last year trawling through the internet for new recipe inspiration and different goods to bake then you will love the Kitchen Stories app. It is hard not to be instantly drawn in by the beautiful graphics of the home screen and the incredibly user friendly channels, which will inevitably lead you into a rabbit hole of scrolling for recipes for the next months worth of meals! The app boasts thousands of free recipes, instructional videos and access to a global community of cooks and will even generate a shopping list for you based on the recipes you save. The app was voted the winner of Apple’s Design Awards – proof is in the pudding for how many people already use and love this app!
We have been using Trello at the Labs for many years as a way of working to organise, track and collaborate between team members working across locations and time zones. In recent times the popularity of the app has started to gain traction partly due to the fact that it is easy to navigate, and provides reliable offline access (great for UX Researchers)! As well as tracking the status of ongoing projects our team love Trello to-do lists which are super useful and allow everything to be in one consolidated app.
The apps we have chosen are just some that our team use and love (some of them on a daily basis!) – we would love to hear if there are any apps that you can’t live without – let us know via firstname.lastname@example.org and join our mailing list if you would like to hear more from us!