Mobile UI Design: 10 Basic Types of Screens

    With over 6000 apps being released every day, how will you ensure that your app will catch the attention of your target audience?



    Since 2.71 billion people worldwide use smartphones and mobile apps for making their lives easier, it is important that out of the ~6,140 that are released every day, your app stands out. How? Well, the first impression is the last impression. And what could be the first thing that a person would see in your app? That’s right, the interface! So, it is important to have a pleasing mobile user interface (UI) to ensure that your user sticks by and enjoys browsing the app.


    That said, it can be difficult to come up with a design out of the blue. To help you with it, we’ve come up with the top 10 most basic screen designs that you can take inspiration from while designing your mobile app.


    1. Log-in and Profile Screens

    Most apps allow their users to create an account and build their own personalized profile. While this is a good way to ensure that your user gets a personalized experience, a nasty log-in screen could lead to people uninstalling your app and bad-mouthing about it.

    Fot customer retention, it is best that you offer a clean and minimalistic log-in screen that users find interesting and interactive. In fact, according to the Interaction Design Foundation, one of the major things that a UI/UX designer needs to keep in mind is to keep the log-in/profile page clear, tidy, and easy to understand.

    It is suggested that you keep the design and information limited, so as to prevent the user from getting distracted and confused. Moreover, the navigation should be easy to understand. Offer as few options as possible and in line with the target audience and their needs.

    2. Product Screen

    If you’re building an eCommerce app, you would definitely have a product screen, displaying the range of items your app offers. And then, when the user would tap on the product they want, another screen displaying its specifications would pop up. As a designer, your focus would be on keeping the image of the product in the center, enlarged, so that the user can take a good look at it. The specifications would be mentioned below the image. Refer to the image below for a better understanding.

    3. Playlist Screen

    For a music app, you would need a Playlist screen, displaying the name of the song, artist, album, length, etc. It would be your call to list the number of elements you want. This would be a very basic screen and you can take inspiration from top apps like SoundHound, Google Play Music, and Spotify. It would be a great idea to add an image of the album the track belongs to.

    4. Catalog Screen

    For an eCommerce app, you would need a catalog screen to display all the products in one place. The better the visual presentation, the more are the chances of the user buying the product. A designer’s job is to form the catalog that will attract a user’s attention and encourage them to shop for a product. You can offer the user to scroll through the list, just like several other eCommerce websites and apps display it. The amount of merchandise/products in one row can be decided according to the breadth of the screen.

    5. Feed Screen

    People typically use various social networking apps for communication and to remain updated with the news. You can take ideas from Facebook, wherein the feed is constantly being refreshed, displaying the latest news and data related to the pages followed by the user. The design should be simple and clear without a lot of mumbo jumbo visual details. The news can be presented one by one via scroll. To make the navigation more intuitive the next piece of news should be partially shown.

    6. Calendar Screen

    Everyone needs a calendar to be up to date on their professional as well as work life. This is why the calendar is one of the most important apps for a person with a smartphone. To-do list apps, event apps, and plenty of others offer users with a private calendar. Contingent upon the basic function of the app, the calendar could perform functions like sending timely reminders and scheduling meetings. The visual vogue must fit the mood and the objectives of the app to impress the user.

    7. Splash Screen

    Splash Screen is the page in an app that demonstrates the main idea and features of the app. It must be minimalistic, displaying the logo, tagline, and name of a product. The basic elements must be kept in the middle of the screen for added visibility and simplistic design. The screen shouldn’t be shown for any more than 3-8 seconds, as it might cause the user to get irritated.

    8. Home Screen

    It goes without saying that the home screen is an important part of an app as it is the main screen that a user interacts with to navigate to the different pages of the app. While to each their own, there are some factors in a home screen that are common for all apps, such as the search button and other navigation screens. Ensure that the screen is simple, yet interactive. It is good if it has basic colors and sometimes, even doodles, depending upon the type of app. Other than that, it is important that all the icons are easily visible and do not confuse the user.

    9. Conversational Screen

    One of the most trending screens used these days in UI design is the conversational screen. The advent of AI and Machine Learning has paved paths for voice-controlled designs and chatbots. They are both intuitive and conversational and soon would they be the tool for catering to the requests made by users on mobile apps. Designing this has kept several UI designers awake all night, but it would be totally worth it if you get it right.

    10. Onboarding and Offboarding Screens

    An integral element of trending UI designs these days is the onboarding and offboarding screen. It is important to provide the user with the best and seamless user experience. Consider this as a proven way to grab the attention of the user and compel them to revisit the screen. Similarly, an exceptional offboarding experience is like the icing on the cake. For starters, you could have simple motivational or promotional messages on the screen to welcome the user.  


    Final Thoughts


    We hope that these top 10 most common UI screen designs helped you get some clarity on how to get started with your app design. A great UI design is a perfect combination of beauty and proper graphics. Graphics help users understand and visualize the meaning of any particular button or text. This attracts more users to utilize the app, thus resulting in more downloads and positive reviews.


    If you liked reading this, you wouldn’t want to miss out on the other informative articles. Stay tuned with AppMystery to know more.

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