How To Design Magnificent UIs for Progressive Web Apps

Bharat | 17th September 2018

PWAs or Progressive Web Apps are the web applications that are uniformly sized websites or web pages, but a user can see them as traditional applications. The application type tries to merge the characteristics offered by most of the latest browsers with the advantages of a mobile experience. Moreover, these apps give us a chance to reset our aspirations and powerfully declare that we can do much better when designing user experience on the Internet. This blog shows how you can design tremendous UIs for progressive web apps.

Crucial Points For Designing Great UIs For Progressive Web Apps:

Always test the app on real-world hardware:

Whenever you start a new project, search for the extremely poor quality mobile device you can and set up remote debugging with chrome. Test for every change to make sure it works fast on the mobile device.



Take UX related motivation from native applications:

When we talk about visual design and interaction patterns, initiate by neglecting everything you are aware of traditional web design. But imagine as if you are actually designing a native app. It’s essential to pay focus towards every little detail since traditional apps have given users expectations around touch interactions and information order which are crucial to match and avoid building a rattling experience. In addition, try traditional apps on iOS, Android and browsing sites like Dribble for designing purposes. Also, Spend some time to browse material design specification to boost up your familiarity with common UI components and their interactions because it helps in designing UIs for the progressive web apps.

Using a checklist:

There is a UX checklist for traditional apps that are worth searching and verifying. On the personal basis, I have noticed some errors made by the developers while creating UIs for progressive web apps. And these errors are showcased below with some of the recommendations.

a) Screen transition won’t feel like it is blocking the network

When a user is tapping a button or a link in a web application, mainly on a server-rendered web application, they are often made to wait for gazing at the current screen before switching to a new screen. This thing is not to consider as responsive and acceptable in a PWA since it reveals that the application is itself running locally on the device. With the aim of providing a whole new app is stored locally on the device.



b) Tappable areas must give the feel of touch feedback:

When a button is tapped, a user must get the feeling that the tappable area is tapped, he should not be left wondered. The purpose is to make this thing completely clean and crisp that the tap has been recognized. Even this can be done by highlighting that tapped region in a different color like grey or dark blue.

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Bharat is a Content Writer at Oodles Studio having an immense passion for writing Technical Content. He has written content on UI, UX, web designing, and graphic designing.

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