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App Designer

An App Designer collaborates with developers to design Applications for mobile platforms such as iOS and Android. 

An App Designer must have a thorough understanding of both the graphical and functional aspects of application design. Ideation is a critical skill of the App designer who will often work closely with product and marketing teams.

Being an app designer involves:

  • Designing interfaces for iOS and Android applications

  • Contributing to the entire design process from design strategy to design execution

  • Presenting user interface concepts and designs clearly for implementation

  • Working closely with Front-end engineer to ensure that design requirements are met

  • Maintaining design consistency via the use of style guides, style sheets and ensuring that established standards and best practices are followed

  • Iterating the mobile app’s UI based on market feedback

  • Staying up to date with UI/UX trends and incorporating these where applicable

To be a mobile developer or designer, one must possess software development skills and knowledge. You could develop these skills by earning an associate's or bachelor's degree in computer science or a similar discipline (management information systems, for example). You can further your efforts to master mobile app development by attending one or more of the many coding bootcamp programs springing up to train aspiring developers.

If you plan to bootstrap into software development, these are some of the basic qualifications you'll need: 

    • Understanding of principles of secure, stable software design

    • Understanding of the software development process and lifecycle, including the design-develop-test-release-maintain cycle, and long-term lifecycle support and maintenance

    • Exposure to and understanding of some development methodology (Agile, Scrum and so forth) and development platforms or environments

    • Knowledge of two or more programming languages, preferably in-demand ones such as SQL, Java, JavaScript, C# or C++, Python, PHP, Ruby on Rails, or iOS,