When searching through app stores, there are always little things that catch my eye: the app’s name, icon, and interface design. These are the things that will get me to actually check into an app and possibly start using it. If one of these are lacking, I will brush the app aside and keep browsing for better apps.
These features, in my opinion, are not actually the most valuable. After all, if an app has an odd name or icon, but still works great, it’d still be a good application. The thing is, an app needs to make a good first impression. If it doesn’t catch my eye, I likely won’t ever try the app out in the first place.
Let’s take a look at the first things every application needs to make a good first impression, and then deliver on that initial promise of excellence.
So you’ve got a great idea for a new app. You pull out some napkins or open a drawing app on your phone, and sketch out some rough ideas. Your next hit app is already taking shape, and in your mind’s eye, you can see it running in action. You can see yourself looking over people’s shoulders at coffee shops and smiling, knowing they’re using your app. But first, you’ve got to make sure you’re not the only one thinking your design makes sense. And shuffling through random pictures or napkin drawings isn’t the best way for people to get a feel for how an app will work.
What you need is a simple way to turn your images into a clickable demo that feels like using a real app, without you needing to write a single line of code. Solidify is a new private release app from ZURB that makes this as easy as uploading your images, adding clickable areas, and sharing a link. Now, even snapshots of your napkin-drawn app ideas could become live demos!