With so many apps being released in such a short period of time, designers need to really create apps that stand out. In this roundup we’re sharing 40 beautifuld mobile app designs with excellent UI experience in mind. Also at the end of the post you’ll find some more resources to follow top mobile app design trends.
Mobile apps are even changing the way we design anything nowadays! Everybody is pushing to higher resolution with new retina displays (iPad3) and I believe whole web will get super beautiful and sleek soon enough!
But before it happens we can inspire from these high quality inspirational mobile app designs. It doesn’t matter for which platform you create a design; you can transfer experience from mobile to web, from web to tablets! As you can see even print and web is not so different now. Big typography, textures, images are used everywhere!
Only one big difference in my opinion is touch screens – for mobile and tablets you need to put big attention in UX, usability. Make sure buttons are easy to click; you effectively use touch controls to swipe, expand, minimize with your fingers.
If you are designing mobile apps yourself, I would strongly encourage to download a lot of these apps on your mobile, tablet and play with them! Even if you are just designer not developer, you need to plan whole experience with your design. Ok, now off to the inspirational part – enjoy this roundup we put together for you.
Which is your favorite mobile app by design and usability? Leave your feedback in comments.
Camera Genius is a camera application that significantly increases standard functionality. It has separate focus and exposure areas, picture editing tools and effects, social network sharing features and more. Great idea to blend SLR with phone and the UI design is nice and clean.
Overview of the shops selling good quality ice cream. The usability and typography are great.
Mobile website of Jauntly - a simple goal setting web application. Simple design with a beautiful color scheme.
4. ChowNow Tip
Tip screen for the forthcoming ChowNow mobile ordering platform. Crisp design with a gentle touch of texture.
Browse employees alphabetically. Awesome contact list.
A new concept for Nike Fuel+ app. Fine contrast and vibrant colors.
Moodswings helps you add and track your daily mood through time and location. Check how people in your neighborhood are feeling and understand the reasons behind your mood swings. Good concept brought to life with a beautiful design.
MemoCards is the ultimate flashcard app for language learners. Excellent design that combines both usability and creativity.
9. Grocery List
Make shopping easier with ordered lists.
10. Quote Roller
Quote Roller for iPhone lets you access your QuoteRoller account from wherever you are. Lucid and neat web app’s transfer to mobile.
AirCassette is a unique cassette player application for iPhone and iPod Touch. Creative design but the functionality lacks a bit.
Another to-do list app yet this one really feels like a notebook in your pocket.
Mingle is the new, fun way for professionals to network anywhere they are. Modern and glossy interface which might not go with the app’s goals.
The best sudoko app for iPhone. Tough game but at least you have a beautiful interface.
15. I Do Lists
I Do Lists is a list creating app. But it’s for lists of things that “I do” rather than things “to do”. It combines good graphic design with ease of use.
RaceSplitter is an easy-to-use, yet powerful race timer, that allows you to time a race or training session, and get splits and relative standings while out on the course. Clean interface and great functionality.
17. Billings Touch
Billings Touch is a part of a unique time tracking and invoicing solution called Billings Pro. Clean and crisp design makes it easy to keep an eye on your money and projects.
18. Ogorod Stuff
Ogorod Stuff is a great way to share pictures of your clothes, gadgets, vehicles and all the other stuff that you use everyday. I don’t see the point of this app but you got to admit that the design is neat and refined.
19. TV App
TV Show tracker app idea with glazed and pixel-perfect interface.
WoooBee is a location based service, where you can share the hottest spots in town with your friends and receive discounts. Beautiful color scheme with pixel-perfect elements, yet it looks like the functionality of the app won’t be that great.
Blogging app for those who are unlucky enough to spend their lives in traffic jams. Clean interface with a touch of retro.
22. Arla Köket
A cooking app with trendy design and great color accents.
An iPhone app that uses Siri’s speech to text to dictate text to your Mac. Luxurious look with a nice touch of texture.
A restaurant app concept with a warm and cozy look.
25. Jet Lag
Suffering from jet lag? Flying between timezones may cause your biological clock to run amok making you feel tired and disoriented. Jetlag App helps combat these feelings so you can enjoy your trip and be alert all day long. Minimal design with a nice color scheme.
Deepen your knowledge of Italy by answering more than 1000 questions that this app offers. Attractive design with cool illustrations.
27. UN News App
The UN News Reader is a free mobile news application for quick and easy access to all stories from the UN News Centre. Perfectly aligned elements and plain design.
Mobile website of an advertising agency. Bold and engaging design, a great transfer from the web version.
Your new favorite Forrst app? The appealing design might help make it.
30. My Seeen
A movie app concept with clean, pixel-perfect, detailed design.
31. tmn wallet
With this service customers can purchase products in vending machines, catering spaces and custom food delivery services using just their mobile phones. Clear and bold.
32. Mountain High
The official Mountain High app for your next ski and snowboard experience. Bright and rich interface with bold accents.
Readability turns any web page into a clean view for reading now or later on your computer, iPhone or iPad. It’s all about simplicity and the reading experience.
34. Red Stamp
Email, text, tweet, facebook, and paper mail personalized photo cards, notes, invitations + announcements right from your iPhone, iPad or iPod Touch. The app itself is very simple but those photo card designs are awesome.
Snapguide is a simple, beautiful way to share and view step-by-step how to guides. The good looking design and usability makes creating a guide fun.
Clock made from kick-ass typography.
A super simple calendar app using Helvetica typography that looks worlds better than inbuilt.
Robick is an audio player for listening to music deeply. change and visualize the way you listen to music.
39. eBoy FixPix
Tilt your iPhone to explore eBoy’s mind-boggling art and find the right angle to solve the puzzle. Graphics by the Eboy artists.
SKTCH is a generative drawing application for the iPhone and iPod Touch. Instead of adopting traditional “brush” based drawing, SKTCH is about presets, created by a number of digital artists around the globe. In this app, you’re the designer.
Website showcasing various mobile UI design elements.
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Home of the finest mobile app makers.
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