The world of mobile app UI design is a fast changing one. App design trends come and go. The popular UI styles of today could easily become tomorrow’s faux pas. Just think about the time when UI design heavily influenced by skeuomorphism was all the rage. It wasn’t that long ago. Apple only flattened its design in 2013 with the release of the iOS 7.
Creative designers and innovators introduce new ways to design a mobile app UI all the time. Whether these new ways turn into trends depends a lot on mobile users’ response to the results. To be a good mobile app UI designer, one has to be up to date with the latest design trends and with how mobile users in general are evolving.
At some point in the career of a mobile app UI designer, one has to face an app redesign project. Perhaps you launched your app a couple of years back, which in UI design terms, is equivalent to a decade ago. It needs a bit of refreshing. Or maybe the app redesign project landed on your desk and you’re now wondering how to begin.
In this post, we go through the essentials when it comes to a mobile app redesign. This is helpful if you are wondering how to approach redesigning a mobile app, what to look out for, and how to do it well.
Why is the app being redesigned?
A mobile app redesign project is a lot of work — that we all know. It is unlikely that anyone would launch an app redesign for frivolous reasons. That does happen but we will come back to that in a bit. Before jumping straight into an artboard to spin out new designs, take a step back.