Mobile App Design Process From Start to Finish

High-quality and attractive appearance means a lot for a mobile application. When a user launches any app, the UI/UX design is the first that strikes his or her eye. If its quality leaves to wish better, the users will most likely close an app and never use it again. That is why UI/UX designers work day and night to build user-friendly mobile interface that engages users and leads to more brand awareness. But what exactly goes into building a mobile app? How do we create apps at Loonar Studios? In this posting, we have decided to outline some of the basic steps for creating mobile app design from scratch.


Crucial Mobile Application Design Tips

Before planning an app for your business, there are several important aspects to consider:

  • Color schemes

First, let’s talk about colors. Choosing the right color scheme for your app design is the thing that cannot be ignored by any means. This is what makes your app attractive for users, and this is what determines how they will perceive it. Our recommendation here is to not go with black and white, and, at the same time, not to use too many colors. Try to keep up with a golden mean. 

  • Typography

Typically, we pay much attention to this aspect as the text is what people see first when they launch an app. In order to ensure a convenient use, all fonts should be clear and easy to read, spaces between words and lines should be nailed.

  • Navigation

A well-thought user experience attracts more users. One of the best UI/UX design tips says not to overload an application with navigational elements. Your navigation should be intuitive so that your users could navigate through your application without any barriers. Just keep it simple and elegant.


How to Create a Successful Mobile App

First of all, the app-building process is not a piece of cake. Do not get fooled by all those clickbait postings like “Build an Application in 5 Minutes!” Basically, what you need are UI/UX skills, knowledge, and proper planning. While the former is completely up to you, the later is what we can help you with. It might be a bit intense, so fasten your seat belts as we take off for a design journey. Below we will tell you about the steps you should undertake to successfully create a mobile app.

Mobile App Design Steps Explained


The UI/UX design process requires strong knowledge. In order to avoid fatal mistakes in the future, we always plan everything thoroughly before starting the mobile app development. If you decided to go with either the native app approach, cross-platform app, or hybrid method, our specialists will analyze your requirements to determine the best possible way to implement them in design. Then, we estimate the time needed to breathe life into all the elements and features.


Each mobile application has its own individuality, and every project is different than the others. Detailed web research is what helps us know about all innovations in the world of mobile design to find appropriate options and methods to meet our customer’s requirements.  

Creating Specification

At this stage, we prepare a specification for our customer to approve before we get started. Typically, this includes all the tools and methods our UI/UX specialists will use as well as the way how they will be implemented. As we finish designing an app, the sketch is forwarded to our developers.


As a rule, we build wireframes both for iOS and Android to represent the skeleton of the final product and demonstrate all the crucial elements of your future application. Wireframing is a crucial stage as it allows us to keep up with the core mobile application design principles.

Building a prototype

Finally, the time has come to build a prototype to mimic the interaction between the users and the application, and see the live design presentation. At this stage, we transform a raw design into a clickable prototype. After the customer’s approval, we move to the final phase of the process. 

Mobile app development

At this stage, we are actually building your mobile application, based on the provided prototype. After numerous testings (User Acceptance Testing, Usability Testing, Device-Specific Testing, etc.), it goes live.

Deployment and monitoring

When you are done with application development/testing, it is time for deployment. This phase can be dense as it involves lots of moving parts. But the whole process does not end with the deployment. Monitoring your application will give you a full picture of the updates that it needs. That is why it is most likely to go through the addition of new features (optional), functionality changes, and performance improvements. 


Key Takeaways

We hope this article will help you become a better designer or help you get started with app design. Hopefully, you’ve learned something useful about what goes into creating a mobile application from scratch. In order to create a successful app, consider it a living organism that breathes and grows as time passes. And if you want to know more about a particular aspect of the process, feel free to contact us. Good luck!