As the leaves fall and the weather cools down, we’ve buckled up for another exploration of the best mobile app designs. Read on below to learn why we chose these colorful and innovative designs.
One funny find this month is an app called Bull & Moon that jumped onto the app scene and created a new category for itself called “Financial Astrology.” This app matches users with compatible stocks to buy based on their birthday and other personal tidbits that are common to offer up to astrology apps. While some took it seriously, it eventually came out that this app was a hoax (add vowels to the app publisher’s name, and that would be your first clue.) However, the mobile app design is still something worth digging into. It flips financial app design on its head—straying from the bright blues that convey dependability and trust. It forgoes the crisp white space for dark blue and gold—giving a celestial vibe.
Source: Product Hunt
Now that we’ve got jokes aside let’s get to an app making real change in the world. Litterati is an app helping people in 117 countries make the world a cleaner place—one piece of trash at a time. App users snap a picture of trash they see around them, and the Litterati AI (LitterAI as they call it) guesses what kind of trash it is. With the help of users making corrections, this trains their machine learning over time. Next, the user throws the item away in the proper receptacle, and it is automatically geo-tagged. Litterati connects do-gooders with local challenges, all using a clean mobile app design that helps them quantify the impact they’ve made. It has a simple white and blue layout that features cards with additional information on how to get more involved. And of course, as so many apps do in 2019, the iOS version features cheerful Alegria animations that bring an added element of joy to the mobile app interface.
Source: Litterati on the App Store
Podcasts are all the rage, and free tools like Anchor make it so that anyone with a good idea can start their own—no need to have a fancy recording studio. It has an approachable mobile app design that visually encourages anyone curious about podcasting to give it a try. It offers a diverse color palette with bright accents that help the user create their podcast episodes, easily share them out, and even monetize within a few taps. Anchor features a simple icon bar at the bottom of the screen that changes based on whether the user is recording an episode or exploring a different part of the app. It helps them quickly access their content, add effects, and listen to fan feedback. And don’t just take our word for it; Anchor also won a Google Material Design Award in 2018, so this app has a certifiably positive user experience.
We’ve all been at a wedding or event before and had our picture taken by the photographer just to wait several weeks to see it. Aircam syncs up with photographers to make all their photos instantly visible to guests, thanks to geofencing. And guests can even add their photos to the mix for all others to enjoy. The app groups everyone’s photos together, creating a crowdsourced memory of the event and allowing everyone to access them and download what they want to keep. The mobile app design has an Instagram feel to it, as it groups photos in a grid that all photo lovers have become accustomed to. In other sections of the app, it has rounded buttons and simple icons that make excellent use of white space.
Current is a mobile banking provider for teens and adults. The app reimagines banking for the mobile era, making a formerly stuffy requirement into an enjoyable experience. The blue to purple gradient is consistent across the app and even their marketing site as well. Current features simple graphs and rounded purple icons that help users keep track of their spending and saving. Overall, the mobile app design is a welcome change to the average banking experience. It brings color and animation to the user experience, on top of innovative features like getting paid early.
That wraps up the apps for November, but if you’d like to explore some of our other favorite mobile app designs, check out our October installment.
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