Mobile UX Design Best Practices
by Terrance Kirkwood

In a previous post, I shared some best practices for designing the information architecture of your mobile UX. Now, I want to broaden the discussion to include more general mobile UX design best practices. A post on Adobe’s blog by Nick Babich includes practical tips on what you should and shouldn’t do when designing a mobile app.

“You need to work hard to meet…expectations and make your app useful, relevant, and valuable for your users. Improving the user experience isn’t a one-time task, it’s an ongoing experience.”

author: Nick Babich

Above all other best practices, incorporating regular, iterative feedback from users is a necessary function of UX design. Some other best practices employ universal design principles and patterns such as text legibility, interaction feedback and recognition over recall. And for mobile UX especially, don’t overlook design practices, such as unique design patterns, tap targets, and data entry considerations, that account for the form factor (the physical size of the mobile screen).

Don’t replicate the web experience on apps
More and more online activity happens on mobile devices instead of on PCs. Consequently, it’s important not to simply replicate the PC experience in your mobile apps. You should adopt mobile-specific design elements and interaction models for a great user experience.

Design finger-friendly tap-targets
For now, mobile devices utilize an interaction model based on touch almost exclusively. As such, you need to design tap targets that are finger-friendly. There are standards available to help you create the best user experience.

Minimize the need for typing
Typing on a mobile device is no fun. And as the need to type increases, so does the opportunity for errors. Your designs should take this into consideration and minimize the need for users to type.

Keep in mind the form factor for mobile devices when designing your mobile UX. The physical size of the device presents some unique challenges (opportunities) that don’t exist for other form factors. And as always, continue to check in with your users before, during, and after the design process to ensure your design is meeting their needs and allowing them to accomplish their goals.

In my next post, I’ll share some ideas on usability considerations for mobile UX design.