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