40 Beautifully Designed Mobile Apps With Excellent UI Experience in Mind

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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.

1. Camera Genius

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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.

2. Istid

Istid-mobile-app-designs

Overview of the shops selling good quality ice cream. The usability and typography are great.

3. Jauntly

Jauntly-mobile-app-designs

Mobile website of Jauntly - a simple goal setting web application. Simple design with a beautiful color scheme.

4. ChowNow Tip

Chownow-mobile-app-designs

Tip screen for the forthcoming ChowNow mobile ordering platform. Crisp design with a gentle touch of texture.

5. Wieden + Kennedy BlackBook

Blackbook-mobile-app-designs

Browse employees alphabetically. Awesome contact list.

6. Nike Fuel+ App Concept

Nike-fuel-mobile-app-designs

A new concept for Nike Fuel+ app. Fine contrast and vibrant colors.

7. Moodswings

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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.

8. MemoCards

Memocards-mobile-app-designs

MemoCards is the ultimate flashcard app for language learners. Excellent design that combines both usability and creativity.

9. Grocery List

Grocery-list-mobile-app-designs

Make shopping easier with ordered lists.

10. Quote Roller

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Quote Roller for iPhone lets you access your QuoteRoller account from wherever you are. Lucid and neat web app’s transfer to mobile.

11. AirCasette

Aircasette-mobile-app-designs

AirCassette is a unique cassette player application for iPhone and iPod Touch. Creative design but the functionality lacks a bit.

12. Meernotes

Meernotes-mobile-app-designs

Another to-do list app yet this one really feels like a notebook in your pocket.

13. Mingle

Mingle-mobile-app-designs

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.

14. Sudoku

Sudoku-mobile-app-designs

The best sudoko app for iPhone. Tough game but at least you have a beautiful interface.

15. I Do Lists

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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.

16. RaceSplitter

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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-mobile-app-designs

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-mobile-app-designs

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-mobile-app-designs

TV Show tracker app idea with glazed and pixel-perfect interface.

20. WoooBee

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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.

21. Probki.tv

Probki-mobile-app-designs

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

Arlakoket-mobile-app-designs

A cooking app with trendy design and great color accents.

23. Air Dictate

Airdictate-mobile-app-designs

An iPhone app that uses Siri’s speech to text to dictate text to your Mac. Luxurious look with a nice touch of texture.

24. iPhone Restaurant App

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A restaurant app concept with a warm and cozy look.

25. Jet Lag

Jetlag-mobile-app-designs

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.

26. Italian Challenge

Italian-mobile-app-designs

Deepen your knowledge of Italy by answering more than 1000 questions that this app offers. Attractive design with cool illustrations.

27. UN News App

News-mobile-app-designs

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.

28. redpepper

Redpepper-mobile-app-designs

Mobile website of an advertising agency. Bold and engaging design, a great transfer from the web version.

29. Bosquet

Bosquet-mobile-app-designs

Your new favorite Forrst app? The appealing design might help make it.

30. My Seeen

Seeen-mobile-app-designs

A movie app concept with clean, pixel-perfect, detailed design.

31. tmn wallet

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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

Mountain-mobile-app-designs

The official Mountain High app for your next ski and snowboard experience. Bright and rich interface with bold accents.

33. Readability

Readability-mobile-app-designs

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

Redstamp-mobile-app-designs

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.

35. Snapguide

Snapguide-mobile-app-designs

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.

36. crouwelclock

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Clock made from kick-ass typography.

37. Calvetica

Calvetica-mobile-app-designs

A super simple calendar app using Helvetica typography that looks worlds better than inbuilt.

38. robick

Robick-mobile-app-designs

Robick is an audio player for listening to music deeply. change and visualize the way you listen to music.

39. eBoy FixPix

Fixpix-mobile-app-designs

Tilt your iPhone to explore eBoy’s mind-boggling art and find the right angle to solve the puzzle. Graphics by the Eboy artists.

40. SKTCH

Sktch-mobile-app-designs

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.

Want more?

Mobile UI Patterns

Ui-patterns-mobile-app-designs

Website showcasing various mobile UI design elements.

app.itize.us

Appitize-mobile-app-designs

app.itize.us is a painstakingly curated presentation of the best produced and designed iPhone and iPad applications available for download via the App Store.

They Make Apps

Theymakeapps-mobile-app-designs

Home of the finest mobile app makers.

Meer.li

Meerli-mobile-app-designs

Meer.li is a place where exceptional mobile designers connect, show off their designs and promote themselves.

Aware of some more awesome mobile apps? Share with us in the comments!

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30 Comments Best Comments First
  • Ivan Lara

    Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 05:04

    7

    You should check the app called “Do it (Tomorrow)” it runs on iPod Touch / iPhone / iPad. Best to do app ever.

    +4
    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 05:12

      8

      Let me check it! What makes this app so special? Great UX, design, functionality? There are soo many great to do apps :)

      +3
      • Ivan Lara

        Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 06:55

        11

        the minimalist design and functionality makes the use of this app a great experience, and theres also a free version so you can try it :) and i appreciate your reply thank you

        +3
        • Dainis Graveris

          Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 19:00

          16

          Yes, having free versions help to test these apps fully :) Sure Ivan, and wish you best luck on implementing the same great UI experience on your own projects!

          +1
  • Matiur

    Thursday, June 14th, 2012 08:50

    19

    Thanks a lot for your excellent article, Beautifully Designed Mobile Apps With Excellent UI Experience in Mind, it is very helpful task.

    +2
    • Dainis Graveris

      Thursday, June 14th, 2012 13:14

      20

      It is hard task to accomplish, thanks Matiur for stopping by!

      -1
  • Jay Cain

    Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 22:36

    5

    Thanks for the roundup! I really like the first one-Camera Genius. It has a tactile feel which I’m sure pro and amateur photographers will recognize and appreciate.

    +2
    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 04:48

      6

      Good choice Jay! Reminds a bit of ipod wheel heh :)

      +2
  • tk

    Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 09:24

    1

    Mobile =/= iPhone, so please next time you write iPhone apps or post another platform (Android, WP7, …) apps aswell.
    Nice article anyway.

    +1
    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 09:40

      2

      You are right, we should have created more varied list of different platforms. Just for other platforms there is much harder to find beautifully designed apps as most UI designers really focus on Apple.. Will put it my notes for another showcase :)

      +1
      • tk

        Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 10:06

        3

        I totally agree with that, but it’s not that simple. For example in Android, many apps are based on the system’s main UI elements, which can be a bit ugly. Although on custom ROMs (best example is MIUI) these apps are looking so much better.
        BTW keep up the good work on this site! :)

        +1
        • Dainis Graveris

          Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 10:30

          4

          Yes, unfortunately it is like that, Apple users are more selective about design and usability where Android and Windows is still falling back. I guess here in this article we took easier way to showcase iPhone apps because of the above reasons.

          And thanks for kind comment! :)

          +2
      • Juhani

        Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 06:19

        10

        Hey Dainis,
        Nice list!

        We’re finally seeing a change in Android app design and we’re starting to see apps that look nicer. The look of Android apps is very different from iOS though. Fully custom components, glossy, fake leather etc look is not in fashion on Android. I really don’t think that the apps look worse but they certainly look different than iOS.
        I wrote about the changing look in my blog some time ago here: http://www.androiduipatterns.com/2012/04/holo-new-look-of-android.html

        I gathered some very usable and good looking apps to this G+ post:
        https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/115177579026138386092/115177579026138386092/posts/PSkxzcN7U1J

        There’s also a site dedicated for Android apps that look great:
        http://androidniceties.tumblr.com/

        We very rarely see same site listing good looking Android apps and iOS apps in the same list due to the very apparent difference in the style. I think it is very difficult to find both styles appealing.

        +1
        • Dainis Graveris

          Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 19:04

          18

          Thanks Juhani for spending time to leave these valuable tips for Android platform! Android is much different in general, it is more technical and that’s why designs aren’t so polished, but it’s great to see Android is working on keeping up!

          But well, it’s nice to have separation to maintain good competition here! And I am saying that as 2 year Apple fan heh!

          0
  • Rodleg

    Friday, June 15th, 2012 08:17

    23

    nice design, thank you for this selection

    +1
    • Dainis Graveris

      Friday, June 15th, 2012 18:13

      24

      Thank you Rodleg, which one is your favorite?

      +1
  • Lisa Noble

    Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 10:37

    12

    Such a great collection of inspirational apps. I will definitely keep this one in my files to go back to. Thanks.

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 18:58

      15

      Thanks Lisa, glad to hear you enjoy this collection! It is indeed great inspiration when you work on any design task! I would strongly encourage to download these apps to enjoy UX fully to understand why these apps are so successful and try to implement the same strategies in your own projects!

      0
  • Nikhil Malhotra

    Friday, June 15th, 2012 04:07

    22

    Superb Collection.Great for inspiration.

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Friday, June 15th, 2012 18:35

      25

      Thanks Nikhil, glad you liked it! Anything you like the most?

      0
    • Nikhil Malhotra

      Saturday, June 16th, 2012 04:31

      27

      All are unique:)

      0
  • Dan Weese

    Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 15:17

    13

    Great list! I really like the UI and usability of Paperless by Crush Apps. The colors are pleasing, you can assign icons to the different lists, and it’s easy to reorder things. It’s one of my must-have apps.

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 18:54

      14

      Thanks Dan, once you enjoy great usability on any app, you know that’s what you want to create yourself!

      I am big fan of Clear iPhone to-do list – a lot of creative sweep controls!

      +1
  • Maneet Puri

    Saturday, June 16th, 2012 07:32

    28

    Nice collection! Android or iOS, both of them are inspiring many with their vibrant designs and UI. I strongly feel that User Interface is the first factor that primarily determines the success of a mobile application. I really loved the first one on your list!

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Saturday, June 16th, 2012 11:16

      29

      Maneet, definitely UI is so important, the next step to make user app usability much more natural and enjoyable.

      +2
  • Jessica

    Friday, June 15th, 2012 00:49

    21

    It looks like you have done lot of research and hard work for this article. This is great post. The images used for showing screens of each apps are great.I will defiantly try few of them.
    One thing, does this apps are slow in working, due to their designs?

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Friday, June 15th, 2012 18:37

      26

      Jessica, thanks for comment, it’s interesting that you ask…you should try installing these apps and check yourself. It’s awesome to see that these advanced apps mostly also work awesome..so it’s not affecting speed..great encouragement for others!

      0
  • Howie

    Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 05:47

    9
    -1
    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 19:01

      17

      Howie, can you comment more, why you want others to try these apps – what makes them stand out?

      Haha, when I saw ui-porn I thought it’s yet another spam comment :D

      -1
      • Howie

        Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 05:24

        30

        Hi Dainis, sorry for not commenting more.

        *Disclaimer. I am the creator of UI-PORN. I created it mainly for my own use because none of there categorized them the way I would like it to be.
        As for PTTRNS, it’s just an alternative to http://mobile-patterns.com/ and additions are pretty frequent.

        Cheers!

        -2
  • Maneet Puri

    Saturday, June 16th, 2012 07:32

    28

    Nice collection! Android or iOS, both of them are inspiring many with their vibrant designs and UI. I strongly feel that User Interface is the first factor that primarily determines the success of a mobile application. I really loved the first one on your list!

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Saturday, June 16th, 2012 11:16

      29

      Maneet, definitely UI is so important, the next step to make user app usability much more natural and enjoyable.

      +2
  • Rodleg

    Friday, June 15th, 2012 08:17

    23

    nice design, thank you for this selection

    +1
    • Dainis Graveris

      Friday, June 15th, 2012 18:13

      24

      Thank you Rodleg, which one is your favorite?

      +1
  • Nikhil Malhotra

    Friday, June 15th, 2012 04:07

    22

    Superb Collection.Great for inspiration.

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Friday, June 15th, 2012 18:35

      25

      Thanks Nikhil, glad you liked it! Anything you like the most?

      0
    • Nikhil Malhotra

      Saturday, June 16th, 2012 04:31

      27

      All are unique:)

      0
  • Jessica

    Friday, June 15th, 2012 00:49

    21

    It looks like you have done lot of research and hard work for this article. This is great post. The images used for showing screens of each apps are great.I will defiantly try few of them.
    One thing, does this apps are slow in working, due to their designs?

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Friday, June 15th, 2012 18:37

      26

      Jessica, thanks for comment, it’s interesting that you ask…you should try installing these apps and check yourself. It’s awesome to see that these advanced apps mostly also work awesome..so it’s not affecting speed..great encouragement for others!

      0
  • Matiur

    Thursday, June 14th, 2012 08:50

    19

    Thanks a lot for your excellent article, Beautifully Designed Mobile Apps With Excellent UI Experience in Mind, it is very helpful task.

    +2
    • Dainis Graveris

      Thursday, June 14th, 2012 13:14

      20

      It is hard task to accomplish, thanks Matiur for stopping by!

      -1
  • Dan Weese

    Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 15:17

    13

    Great list! I really like the UI and usability of Paperless by Crush Apps. The colors are pleasing, you can assign icons to the different lists, and it’s easy to reorder things. It’s one of my must-have apps.

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 18:54

      14

      Thanks Dan, once you enjoy great usability on any app, you know that’s what you want to create yourself!

      I am big fan of Clear iPhone to-do list – a lot of creative sweep controls!

      +1
  • Lisa Noble

    Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 10:37

    12

    Such a great collection of inspirational apps. I will definitely keep this one in my files to go back to. Thanks.

    0
    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 18:58

      15

      Thanks Lisa, glad to hear you enjoy this collection! It is indeed great inspiration when you work on any design task! I would strongly encourage to download these apps to enjoy UX fully to understand why these apps are so successful and try to implement the same strategies in your own projects!

      0
  • Howie

    Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 05:47

    9
    -1
    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 19:01

      17

      Howie, can you comment more, why you want others to try these apps – what makes them stand out?

      Haha, when I saw ui-porn I thought it’s yet another spam comment :D

      -1
      • Howie

        Wednesday, July 4th, 2012 05:24

        30

        Hi Dainis, sorry for not commenting more.

        *Disclaimer. I am the creator of UI-PORN. I created it mainly for my own use because none of there categorized them the way I would like it to be.
        As for PTTRNS, it’s just an alternative to http://mobile-patterns.com/ and additions are pretty frequent.

        Cheers!

        -2
  • Ivan Lara

    Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 05:04

    7

    You should check the app called “Do it (Tomorrow)” it runs on iPod Touch / iPhone / iPad. Best to do app ever.

    +4
    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 05:12

      8

      Let me check it! What makes this app so special? Great UX, design, functionality? There are soo many great to do apps :)

      +3
      • Ivan Lara

        Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 06:55

        11

        the minimalist design and functionality makes the use of this app a great experience, and theres also a free version so you can try it :) and i appreciate your reply thank you

        +3
        • Dainis Graveris

          Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 19:00

          16

          Yes, having free versions help to test these apps fully :) Sure Ivan, and wish you best luck on implementing the same great UI experience on your own projects!

          +1
  • Jay Cain

    Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 22:36

    5

    Thanks for the roundup! I really like the first one-Camera Genius. It has a tactile feel which I’m sure pro and amateur photographers will recognize and appreciate.

    +2
    • Dainis Graveris

      Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 04:48

      6

      Good choice Jay! Reminds a bit of ipod wheel heh :)

      +2
  • tk

    Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 09:24

    1

    Mobile =/= iPhone, so please next time you write iPhone apps or post another platform (Android, WP7, …) apps aswell.
    Nice article anyway.

    +1
    • Dainis Graveris

      Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 09:40

      2

      You are right, we should have created more varied list of different platforms. Just for other platforms there is much harder to find beautifully designed apps as most UI designers really focus on Apple.. Will put it my notes for another showcase :)

      +1
      • tk

        Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 10:06

        3

        I totally agree with that, but it’s not that simple. For example in Android, many apps are based on the system’s main UI elements, which can be a bit ugly. Although on custom ROMs (best example is MIUI) these apps are looking so much better.
        BTW keep up the good work on this site! :)

        +1
        • Dainis Graveris

          Tuesday, June 12th, 2012 10:30

          4

          Yes, unfortunately it is like that, Apple users are more selective about design and usability where Android and Windows is still falling back. I guess here in this article we took easier way to showcase iPhone apps because of the above reasons.

          And thanks for kind comment! :)

          +2
      • Juhani

        Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 06:19

        10

        Hey Dainis,
        Nice list!

        We’re finally seeing a change in Android app design and we’re starting to see apps that look nicer. The look of Android apps is very different from iOS though. Fully custom components, glossy, fake leather etc look is not in fashion on Android. I really don’t think that the apps look worse but they certainly look different than iOS.
        I wrote about the changing look in my blog some time ago here: http://www.androiduipatterns.com/2012/04/holo-new-look-of-android.html

        I gathered some very usable and good looking apps to this G+ post:
        https://plus.google.com/u/0/b/115177579026138386092/115177579026138386092/posts/PSkxzcN7U1J

        There’s also a site dedicated for Android apps that look great:
        http://androidniceties.tumblr.com/

        We very rarely see same site listing good looking Android apps and iOS apps in the same list due to the very apparent difference in the style. I think it is very difficult to find both styles appealing.

        +1
        • Dainis Graveris

          Wednesday, June 13th, 2012 19:04

          18

          Thanks Juhani for spending time to leave these valuable tips for Android platform! Android is much different in general, it is more technical and that’s why designs aren’t so polished, but it’s great to see Android is working on keeping up!

          But well, it’s nice to have separation to maintain good competition here! And I am saying that as 2 year Apple fan heh!

          0

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