UI/UX

The Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

October 13, 2016

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!

A photo of Marline app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

1. Marline by Javi Perez

Marline is a gorgeous app full of smooth animations, soothing color palettes and clear typography that makes you want to choose it as your daily weather app.  

Get Marline on iOS.

A photo of Tribe app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

2. Tribe by Tribe Inc

Tribe has a whacky and beautiful UI complete with fun colors and grid boxes that make up your contact list and also serve as handy buttons.

Get Tribe on iOS and Android.

A photo of Human app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

3. Human by Human.co

Human is the an all-day activity tracker app for you. It motivates you to get moving by comparing your activity level to others in your city. The app’s beautiful UI also works as a good motivator to keep using it.

Get Human on iOS and Android.

A photo of Everlist app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

4. Everlist by Appalachian Ventures Inc.

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.

A photo of Totus app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

5. Totus by Totus Apps

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.

A photo of Guides app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

6. Guides by Lonely Planet

Lonely Planet’s new app is a lightweight version of their traditional guide books, offering a beautiful app UI with curated city guides and tips.

Get Guides on iOS and Android.

A photo of Airmail app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

7. Airmail by Bloop

Airmail is the comprehensive and premium email app you’d expect it to be. From the helpful UI makes for a truly unified email experience. Airmail is the app for anyone anxious to tackle their inbox in style.

Get Airmail on iOS.

A photo of Wild Weather app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

8. Wild Weather by Mark Hendriks and Studio Brun

Instead of squiggly lines and confusing numbers, Wild Weather presents the forecast via lovely hand-drawn illustrations featuring colorful landscape, adorable animals and quirky animations.

Get Wild Weather on iOS and Android.

A photo of Glow Baby app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

9. Glow Baby by Glow

Glow Baby is kind of like the digital baby scrapbook for the modern day parents armed with iPhones and Fitbits. The app makes feeds, diaper and sleep tracking fun and uses beautiful charts to visualize your baby’s growth.

Get Glow Baby on iOS and Android.

A photo of Mimi Music app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

10. Mimi Music by Mimi Hearing Technologies

Mimi Music allows you to quickly test your hearing and to enjoy listening to music based on your personal hearing profile. This app is really unique because its sleek UI is inspired by the UX of Sound.

Get Mimi Music on iOS.

A photo of Sleepfulness app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

11. Sleepfulness by Mindfulness Everywhere

Sleepfulness is a beautiful app packed with guided tracks that are designed to improve your sleep. The zen-like UI design of Sleepfulness mirrors what the app aims to accomplish for users.

Get Sleepfulness on iOS and Android.

A photo of Doo app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

12. Doo by Ciarlo Software

Doo combines cards with beautiful images, powerful features and gestural interaction to create a gorgeous to-do app that helps you to get things done.

Get Doo on iOS.

A photo of Letterboxd app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

13. Letterboxd by Letterboxd

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.

A photo of Dials app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

14. Dials Calendar by DayDials

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.

A photo of Remente app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

15. Remente by Remente

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.

Get Remente on iOS and Android.

A photo of Airtime app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

16. Airtime by Airtime Media

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.

Get Airtime on iOS and Android.

A photo of Tasty Recipes app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

17. Tasty Recipes by Apps from the Locker

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.

A photo of Personal Festival app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

18. Personal Festival App by Prakhar Neel Sharma

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.

A photo of Tastemade app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

19. Tastemade by Tastemade, Inc

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.

A photo of Flare app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

20. Flare by GoDaddy

Flare is the app for aspiring entrepreneurs and investors. Discover and support great ideas with this beautifully designed app that allows users to add their own ideas and follow ideas that they like.

Get Flare on iOS and Android.

A photo of Blendle app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

21. Blendle by Blendle BV

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.

Get Blendle on iOS and Android.

A photo of Boom app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

22. Boom by Global Delight Technologies

Boom is a beautifully designed app that offers a virtual surround sound experience, essentially transporting you to the front stage of a gig featuring your favorite artists.

Get Boom on iOS.

A photo of UVLens app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

23. UVLens by Spark 64

UVLens is a handy app to limit your exposure to UV by getting informed about the UV levels at different times of the day. It also sports some gorgeous mobile app designs that effectively conveys visual information of the UV forecast in your area.

Get it on iOS and Android.

A photo of Good & Co app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

24. Good & Co by Good & Co Labs, Inc.

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.

Get Good & Co on iOS and Android.

A photo of Havenly app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

25. Havenly by Havenly, Inc.

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.

A photo of Isotope app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

26. Isotope by Jack Underwood

Isotope is a sleek and intuitive periodic table app. It comes standard with images of most periodic elements, all of the information you’ll need like its density and bonding type, and no ads.

Get Isotope on Android.

A photo of Alto app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

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.

Get Alto on iOS and Android.

A photo of Detour app, Best Mobile App UI Designs of 2016

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.

Get Detour on iOS and Android.

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