It’s hard to imagine 2016 without the apps that simplify our day to day lives and the ones that look great as well deserve celebration. I’ve compiled a list of the best mobile apps when it comes to UI design. These apps really stood out to me because they went above and beyond to be visually appealing and useful.
Here at Proto.io we’ve been keeping track of the top mobile app UI designs each month, but we’ve decided to take it to the next level and make the master list with the best of the best. Let’s see these magical apps already!
Designed by Aurélien Salomon with whom we’ve had a Designer Chat session, Everlist is a gorgeous task manager app. The grid style layout gives you a quick and thorough overview of all your tasks grouped into folders. Also, the unique square ‘add’ button is a great adaptation of Material Design’s floating action button.
Get Everlist on iOS.
Totus proposes to take that dull chore from your hands and take care of your laundry for you. All of it, from shirts to dry-clean only to bedspreads. The simple and intuitive UI makes the order process seem like a breeze.
Letterboxd lets you keep a film diary and build lists of your favorite films that you can share with friends. The UI design of Letterboxd is simple and good-looking, offering you all the information that you might want to know about a film in a clear view.
Get Letterboxd on iOS.
Dials Calendar app offers an alternative to the default calendar view. Your daily agenda is visualized in the form of a clock, with your appointments and to-dos marked out as icons. In the middle of the clock is a countdown timer to the next item on your agenda.
Get Dials Calendar on iOS.
Remente is a personal development app that goes beyond the usual app to increase mindfulness. For an app that’s supposed to help reduce your stress and anxiety levels, the UI design certainly produces that very effect. With good use of white space and bright colors, Remente app is a good example of effective flat design.
Airtime takes the place of the former chatroulette website and has been revived as a mobile chat room for groups of friends to experience real-time content with each other. The idea of the app is to simulate what it’s like to be in the same room as your favorite people, even though you might be miles apart. The Airtime UI is full of vibrant and fun colors that make the app a pleasure to use.
Any good recipe app has to come with the mandatory mouth-watering food photography. Tasty Recipes has it all, including great information organization and layout. The most recent update of this Android-only app boasts a well-organized and neat design, giving it a spot in the delightful UI club.
Get Tasty Recipes on Android.
The color palette is gorgeous and I love the wonderful use of gradients. The party organizer app combines weather app functionalities for picking the perfect spot for outdoor functions.
This beautifully designed app is not only packed full of tasty recipes and some of the most interesting food-related content in the world, it’s also a pleasure to use. With a classy color palette and good navigational layout, it’s clear that the app was designed with the mobile user in mind.
Get Tastemade on iOS.
Blendle stands out strikingly from the rest due to its novel approach to media consumption and support for quality journalism. Instead of dealing with separate paywalls, Blendle brings them all into one beautifully designed app so that you pay for articles truly want to read, ad-free.
Good & Co helps job seekers figure out their strengths and personality at work, as well as in relationships with coworkers based on a series of Myer-Briggs and Big-Five personality tests. Its UI stands out with effective color combinations, easy to understand layout, and attractive illustrations for personality types.
Havenly democratizes the interior design process and puts it into the palm of your hand. You can talk directly with designers, send them pictures of your space, and get recommendations. They were tasked with providing a lot of information in a visually appealing way and they were able to accomplish by making the menu intuitive and using pictures more often than words to convey ideas.
Get Havenly on iOS.
27. Alto by AOL Inc.
This smart email app helps you categorize your emails based what makes the most sense to you. Put all your email accounts together so that you never miss anything again and stay organized. Alto’s UI echoes the concept of the app: simplicity. It groups together emails with the same kind of attachments and color codes them for easy recognition.
28. Detour by Detour
Detour is an app that narrates information about the place you’re in as you walk around taking in the sights. It even supports group sync which means that you and your travel buddies can share the personal tour guide experience. From choosing an area of the city to explore to interacting with the app as you’re immersed in a tour, this app’s UI is clear and helpful.
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