From idea to execution, mobile app prototyping has never been easier with this do-it-yourself 6 step walk through

Ideas can happen anywhere. Maybe you’re idly singing in the shower or perhaps lost in thought on your daily commute to work and ding! You get an idea for an app that will change the world. But how do you take the leap from idea to fully functional prototype? Hint: with preparation and interactive prototyping.

But before you run to your nearest computer with lofty ambitions, it’s important to consider some essential first steps to prototyping a mobile app before you can start reaping the rewards.

There’s no need to be a whizz kid or a coding genius either — all you need is an idea, Justinmind prototyping tool and a few steps to guide you along the way.

And our 6 steps to successfully prototyping a mobile app will equip you with the necessary tools to fully realize your idea while minimizing any hiccups along the way. Shall we begin?

Define your mobile app

Start by writing down a simple definition of your app. To help, just ask yourself which problem your app aims to solve.

At this stage, nothing should be complex. For now, this stage is about understanding what your app will do, who will use your app and, importantly, is it necessary? This question is vital because 77% of users never use an app 3 days after installing it.

With bleak statistics like that, mobile app prototyping is crucial to get correct.

For example, if your app aims to join local farmers with people who want to buy organic, fresh produce something as simple as “P2P app to connect farmers and consumers” is sufficient at this stage.

When thinking about how to prototype a mobile app, consider its unique selling point. Does your app solve a problem that many are experiencing? In the previous example, the USP could be that the app removes the need for intermittent and irregular farmers’ markets and removes the need for a middleman.

Whatever your USP is, define it properly and think about whether it truly is unique and viable.


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Research the mobile market

Your idea may sound like a money maker in your head. You might even convince your best friend or your mom of your future riches. But you need to convince more than your closest friends and family.

That’s where research comes in. Jump to your computer, but don’t open your UI prototyping tool just yet.

Understanding whether your idea is viable will play a role in its success so research is one of the most important steps to considering when prototyping a mobile app.

Through your research, you will understand your end users better, reduce the risk of designing something poorly and, if necessary, offer confidence to everybody involved in the project (such as important stakeholders).

Consider creating an effective survey using a tool like Typeform to gather responses to your questions.

Using surveys will allow you to collect both qualitative and quantitative information that can inform your decision-making process going forward. They’re also a cost-effective method so you don’t have to spend a penny to get the information you need.

Catch the full post on Justinmind’s blog here.