• Crisp, clean layout
• Simple color scheme
• Easy to find settings button
• Activity feeds
• Check-in screen
• Comment detail
A crisp, clean layout allows the user to easily see exactly what they expect to see, without a lot of ads interfering with their experience. Color schemes should complement the layout of the site. Only use deeply contrasting color to direct attention, such as buy buttons or members only areas. Another important aspect is the ability to change settings, especially privacy settings. Making this easy for the user will attract more users and more traffic for the site, which is appealing to the site owner or administrator. Activity feeds allow the user to not only see their own status, but also the status of others. This comes in handy for friends, family, employees, co-workers, and any other user circles on which the site focuses. Knowing what other users are doing adds to the mobile social experience. This goes hand in hand with the check-in screen. Great mobile designs make it stress-free to extend the social experience by offering a check-in screen that is easy to use. Leaving comments is an additional aspect wanted by mobile users. Whether the site is primarily social, sales, or information based, the ability to comment on activity and products is sought by users. This creates a full circle interactive experience.
Incorporating the Elements into the Mobile Design
The most important part of incorporating these elements into mobile design is keeping the user interface in mind. Buttons should be easy to see and click. Menus should be simple to find and swipe. Lists should be relevant and maneuverable for fingers to pinch or expand. Not everyone is going to take time out to find a stylus to use on the screen. Being mobile means the ability to use one or two fingers for every screen decision. Every element should be logical and its placement on the screen should make sense to the user. A check-in screen can feature a map with a relevant radius or the ability to change the radius for the desired details. If the site offers incentives such as points or milestones, a progress tracker can be included to allow the user to track the required actions to achieve each level. Comparison screens, such as those used for products or services, need an interface that allows the user to view the information as a chart after selecting the items for comparison. Easy to click buttons and swipe rows will allow the user to access the information they want without losing the ability to access the buy button. All of these elements represent the top technologies in mobile design. Keeping the user interface in mind, the ability to connect, and ease of use will keep your mobile designs at the top of the list.