The topic of good app design is fast becoming an interest of mobile developers. For even the most experienced developers UX and UI design are mysterious waters. However, there is a bit more science to this than one might think, especially with mobile devices and touch interfaces there are methods you can follow to create a good user experience and interface for your app. To aid our developers in building quality, functional, and enjoyable apps for MeeGo* devices we have launched the MeeGo* Application Design Guidelines in PDF format.
The MeeGo* Application Design Guidelines detail the stylistic and functional ideals with which MeeGo* application developers should strive to conform. It includes foundational MeeGo* design principles including design best practices, a description of software and hardware interaction, why MeeGo* design is different, and tips on app layout & behaviors. Following the guidelines for your app is not required, but is highly encouraged to create seamless experiences for users on the MeeGo* platform. This will increase usability and functionality to targeted users and help you design compelling apps for the Intel AppUp(SM) Center.
If you look at the popular and top downloads lists in AppUp, you will notice many follow good UI/UX methods. Many of these are now making their way to the MeeGo* store. Two examples are Glow by Intelloware and Ancient Frog by Ancient Workshop. Glow is a colorful and unique app that allows users to “paint” with different brushes to create glowing objects. Glow places all key functions as buttons and icons, rather than i text driven menus. Ancient Frog is also a fantastic example of excellent application design; it runs beautifully on a tablet. James Brown at Ancient Workshop demonstrates a great understanding of the platform capabilities, touch & gesture functions, full layout and device behaviors for a very stylistic and intuitive touch game.
Start off on the right foot with your application development or go back and take a fresh look at your existing applications with the MeeGo* Application Design Guidelines in mind. If you learn something new or make improvements using the new guidelines, leave a comment here - we'd love to hear your feedback!
For more information:
- MeeGo* Application Design Guidelines (PDF)
- MeeGo* Application Design Guidelines, Frequently Asked Questions
- Get Started Today with MeeGo
- MeeGo UX Components
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