Making of Different Application

A tailor-made application for healthy lifestyle lovers.

For all curious readers who are fans of healthy eating, exercise, good advice, interesting news and actions, we present to you the Different app.

How the Idea Came to Life

A potential customer called with an idea for an app. He wanted it to serve as a “guide” for healthy lifestyle users – the app should contain three basic categories: healthy fare, news and healthy food actions sorted by category (fish, meat, vegetables, fruits, nuts). It is important to note that the client already owned the website, was active on social networks and had appeared in certain media, and already had quite a high number of followers. The application was the logical result of a sequence of events. The client decided to create an android application for users (and the website for the administrator). After receiving a detailed specification, we started designing the application. With ongoing consultation, the app was finished and uploaded on the Google Play Store, where you can find it under the name Different.

Discounts

If we want to look for a particular food, we simply go to discounts, select the desired food category and see which stores have the same discounts. The application also offers selection/elimination of certain retail chains (for instance, there is no Tommy in Slavonia, and there is no Boso in Dalmatia). The great thing about the application is that a user can add discounts, stores, or food categories – which, of course, the administrator must approve.

Healthy News

In the news category, the user can read entertaining articles on exercise, nutrition, healthy foods and more.

Healthy Map

A Healthy Map provides an overview of locations where you can find a personal trainer or a group training location. Simply allow geolocation on your phone and all of these categories will appear in your area.

Overall, a great application, as evidenced by the high rating on the Google Play platform (4.9 out of 5.0).

 

Mobile application design and Interaction design

Interaction design and mobile app design go hand in hand with the app creation. interaction design is a process where designers focus on creation of the interesting website with a logical and thoughtful user interface The successful interactive design utilizes technology and principles of good communication to create the user’s best experience, it’s not just focused on the product but how users interact. Apart from knowing design and art, you need knowledge in the field of psychology, sociology, communication, computing, and electrical engineering. The process of designing high-quality applications includes all mentioned areas in order to understand the users. The design is very important for a successful application, so make sure you don’t neglect design and destroy a potentially good application. In next chapter, you will read what you need to look out when you designing an app.

Simplicity
Users do not like unnecessary elements, they are often lost in the overwritten application screen and they will discard the potential purchase and use of your product. Provide users a simple view of essential information, organize your application to priorities for easier finding of information.

Use of color and style
Using the same style will define your visual identity and allow your clients to recognize your product. Test what colors, font selection, and text size will attract the attention of the user.

User Survey
When designing the interface it’s important to know the user. The first thing you need to do is explore what user needs, then find the easiest way to ease these actions. Satisfied users will come back, especially if they are happy with the interaction and your product.

Collaboration between designer and client
It is very important to have open communication with the team of people you work with. Don’t hesitate to say your thoughts and wishes. In a collaboration between designer and client, you can create a successful application.