Prototyping is a major aspect of any digital solution design process which allows the design and development team to simulate designs, figure out optimal user experiences, test project outflows etc. To do this efficiently, app development companies use prototyping tools, and the current market has a lot of them.

In this blog, we offer you a curated list of a few of the most useful prototyping features that will make life easier for UI/UX designers.

Marvel

Not the comics franchise but a widely-preferred, browser-based prototyping tool that can easily streamline the prototyping process. With the Marvel app, you can upload image files, add gestures, transitions etc.

Key features:

  • Enables users to create beautiful interfaces and wireframes in a matter of minutes without code
  • Facilitates user testing
  • Supports image uploads (JPG, GIF, and PSD)

Flinto

You may not have heard of Flinto before but that doesn’t mean it isn’t worth checking out. Flinto comes in two versions – for iOS and web apps. With Flinto, designers can build both simple and complex prototypes without the need for coding.

Key features:

  • Great control over all layers and complexity
  • Drag-and-drop functionality
  • Easier navigation of the prototype using swipes, taps and other gestures

Origami Studio

Origami Studio was developed by Facebook. Designed to make it easier for teams to build and design interactive, visually-engaging products, Origami also allows users to import Photoshop and Sketch into it.

Key features:

  • Custom backgrounds, full-screen view and mobile device simulation
  • Allows stakeholders and team members to post remarks directly on the project or versioning history
  • Easy export of prototype components

Fluid UI

Fluid UI is a simple prototyping tool that makes it notably easier to build high fidelity and low fidelity prototypes and offer large component libraries in addition to facilitating live team collaboration, rich video presentations etc.

Key features:

  • Rapid prototyping
  • Built-in libraries with over 2000 components
  • Upload existing assets

Wireframe.cc

Wireframe.cc is a free platform that can help build the ideal prototype for a business on a clutter-free environment. The highlight is a minimal interface that doesn’t have a crowded toolbar and lots of icons.

Key features:

  • Rapid prototyping with simple wireframes
  • Context-sensitive UI
  • Wireframe annotations

UXPin

UXPin have helped many designers build prototypes that closely resemble the finished product in terms of looks and functionality. Most functional and interactive elements can be tested out on the prototype with UXPin.

Key features:

  • Import existing web page to UXPin to import the prototype itself
  • Interactive text fields, checkboxes and radio buttons

Sketch

Sketch is a popular prototyping tool that’s generally preferred by modern web designers. It includes a great set of plugins that will make prototyping with Sketch another walk in the park.

Key features:

  • Flexibility when it comes to functionality
  • Easier prototyping and sharing
  • Build symbols and reusable assets

Adobe XD

With Adobe XD, designers can draw, reuse and remix vectors to build prototypes, wireframes, screen layouts etc.

Key features:

  • Import from Adobe tools without hassle
  • View designs in real-time on actual devices
  • Integrations with popular Adobe products including Photoshop
  • Make comments when sharing prototypes directly

Conclusion

Prototyping tools are vital factors that influence an app’s chance of success once it hits the market. Without proper prototyping, the app stands a good chance of failing to impress its audience and perform its duties. The tools in this list not only make it easier for developers and designers but also ensure that the app’s quality will not be compromised.

Get in touch AOT’s mobile app development experts to understand how we handle prototyping and app development.


Mobile applications’ accessibility at any time anywhere led people to rely on mobile apps more, resulting in the massive growth of the mobile app development industry. This trend also presented lucrative opportunities for businesses as they started investing in mobile apps that increase business exposure, improve brand awareness and customer loyalty.

With mobile apps, customers interact with brands in a personal space thus enhancing brand value. Though a mobile app is worth the investment for a business, high app development costs often deter them. Mobile app development doesn’t have to be expensive. All you need to do is take the right measures to significantly reduce development costs. Of course there are many ways you can reduce development costs but most of them demands a sacrifice in app quality.

That said, here are a few ways to reduce the right way i.e. without compromising on quality of the app.

Plan the app development process

Most businesses often neglect the importance of efficiently planning the entire development process. App development is a complex process that may require a lot of iterations and modifications before the app is ready to offer the best user experience while serving its purpose. Without proper planning, each iteration can increase the cost of development. By planning way ahead of development, you can choose just the right features your app needs to make it stand out and deliver a great experience. This means lesser iterations and faster development.

Sketch the final version of the app

While the quality and success rate of an app depends on how efficiently it’s coded, the developer should still be aware of what is expected of the app, how it will be used and how it can stand out from its competitors. To make things easier, you can roughly sketch the final version of the app including its interface before coding begins so the developers can use this as a starting point.

This way the development team can come up with the most appropriate design of the interface and the workflow that match the sketch. This subsequently prevents unnecessary design modifications and reworks thus reducing cost.

Choose the right platform for the app

You can have an app developed for the most popular mobile platforms like iOS, Android and Windows. But if you want to reduce development costs, it’s better to stick to just a single platform. To choose the right platform for the app, you should first understand your customer base. A good rule of thumb is to go for the platform that’s being used by the majority of your brand’s customers. Another good alternative is to invest in cross-platform app development – a budget-friendly approach to launch your app on all major platforms.

Outsource the project

While many businesses see outsourcing of app development as a means of losing control over the development, many others rely on outsourcing to cut down development costs. When outsourcing the project, you hire developers and pay them by the hour. In-house teams, on the other hand, will require fixed salaries that don’t take into account the number of hours they spent developing the project. Outsourcing app development also gives you access to the expertise of proficient app developers with good track records.

Encourage thorough testing

Hastening app development simply for faster time-to-market is not always a good idea especially when testing is also not properly done. This may result in damaged brand reputation and increased development costs to fix issues that popped up after app launch. We recommend taking good time to thoroughly test the app’s framework not only to identify issues and fix them before launch but also to ensure that the app delivers on its promises.

Partner with an expert mobile app development company

A mobile app leverages many technologies to serve users and to provide the best possible experience. Most of the time, utilizing trending technologies may not be economically feasible for businesses that want to develop their app themselves. So it’s a good idea to partner with app development companies with proven expertise in the most trending UI/UX and development technologies. This ensures a high quality, high-performance app that meets the expectations of today’s mobile users. If the company provides end-to-end app development services including design, promotions and marketing, it can’t get any better.

Conclusion

The mobile app development industry is a rapidly growing industry which means you can only go so far to reduce app development costs without compromising on quality. In this age, even the smallest of bugs can impact user experience which would in turn annoy customers enough to get the app uninstalled. To reduce costs without compromising on quality, expertise and experience are critical factors. AOT has both. Get in touch with our experts to make an app that will stand the test of time.


Technological advancements and various platforms drive new web design trends every year, providing users with an immersive experience when using both websites and applications.

According to Adobe, 38% of viewers will stop engaging with a website if the content or the layout of the website is unattractive.

Adobe’s research also found that nearly 8 in 10 of consumers would stop engaging with content that is poorly displayed on their device.

For businesses, keeping people engaged with their apps or websites is important.

This year, we saw a number of inspiring web design trends that introduced quite a lot of innovative possibilities to make websites and applications more immersive than ever. Those that turned heads in 2017 will most likely grow bigger in 2018.

Here are a few trends that are making a difference now, and will have a bigger role in the coming years.

Virtual Reality/360° Videos

VR became a game changer this year, but didn’t make much of a mark on web design. Though many websites opted to use VR to make their content more engaging, many still haven’t realized that VR is the future of UI/UX.

It’s evident from the reception Peugeot got for their promo campaign for Peugeot 208 this year. The campaign used both VR and 360° videos which viewers loved. It’s a fresh new take on advertising and engaging content.

Google’s Daydream headset also explores the possibilities of VR for everyday use. The tech giant has also invested big on the technology reportedly. Web designs integrating VR technology is one such possibility, and we might see it happen next year.

Microinteractions

Microinteractions are those tiny instances that a user will interact with in a website. It could be anything from a ‘like’, a ‘share’, or a form field that the user would fill. Microinteractions serve the purpose of providing users with guidance and giving them an option to communicate in real-time, which in turn makes microinteractions count as critical factors in user experience.

This year, designers brainstormed about creative microinteractions, though we didn’t see most of them succeeding. We will see businesses exploring these interactions deeper next year.

Progressive Web Apps

Applications account for about 90% of mobile media time. Considering the fact that pretty much everyone uses a smart phone now and the total number of mobile app downloads (for all platforms) crossing 195 billion, many designers started exploring the possibility of combining the capabilities of apps and websites. The result was a website-app hybrid known as a Progressive Web App.

This year, many websites were upgraded to progressive web apps, adding more functionalities like offline mode, splash screens, push notifications, and page transition animation/effects.

Progressive web apps have only started rising in popularity, and by next year, we will be seeing more cognitive capabilities combined with the likes of technologies like machine learning and NLP (Natural Language Processing) so the web apps can react to user preferences.

Scalable Vector Graphics (SVGs)

SVGs are speculated to replace conventional image formats like GIF, JPEG etc. in the coming years. As SVGs are not pixel-based, resolutions won’t be a hassle when using them. They are composed of vectors and look great in pretty much any screen size across different devices. But the greatest benefit of using SVGs is that they don’t require HTTP requests. A lot of HTTP requests can, to a certain extent, slow down a website.

Bots

Due to the transition to mobile browsing, websites are getting advanced functionalities similar to an app’s. This trend can subsequently progress to designers including voice-search options and conversational interfaces via heuristic bots in the future.

AI-powered bots gave new ideas to designers this year, and it can potentially even change the face of business interaction. Though intelligent conversational bots won’t likely influence the overall design of the website, they can still be implemented creatively to improve communication standards in websites.

They can be programmed into a Q&A page to answer users’ queries either verbally or as text. Online businesses are already exploring ways to connect to consumers through popular platforms like WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger. An intelligent bot can do just that; the only difference being that they are automated. They also make interactions and communication more engaging for customers owing to the uniqueness.

Conclusion

Stats say that website performance dramatically influences conversion. An outdated or poorly performing website or the ones that were not designed well can in fact decrease conversions. On the other hand, a website that is up-to-date and follows the latest trends can retain the customers’ faith in the business. The trends above are apparently here to stay, and possibly going to be refined in 2018 opening up more possibilities for immersive web designs.

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