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How to Design Wearable Apps for Your Users


How to Design Wearable Apps for Your Users

  |   Mobile App Development

Are you seeking to make a fortune in wearable app development industry?
And not sure what should be the specifications?
Look no further, we are an age old wearable app development company and have our eyes glued on any new update in the same.

Any app is all about layout, the app functionality, the design, and the processing ability. But the real challenge with the wearable app is all these attributes should be squeezed in reduced screen sizes. For creating a successful wearable app, the design should include better discoverability and usability.

Now there are various types of wearable apps that can be created which are majorly categorized in:

  1. Standalone Wearable Apps
  2. Compatible Apps
  3. Push Notifications for connecting Apps
  4. Cards for Static Screens & Layouts


The secret recipe for a successful wearable app development is to make it visually pleasing, user-friendly and equipped with best functional experience. To make this happen, keep these snack-sized hacks in your mind on ‘How to Design Wearable Apps for Users’:


1. Minimalism


Here the KISS technique will work for you. ‘Keep it simple and short’. Keep everything simple and user-friendly right from the color to imagery to typography.


2. Use Vibration


Wearables apps are meant to have subtle interactions with the user, notifying them about events to come, timely updates and such other features.

However, these interactions should be thought about carefully. Slight buzz or movements are an ideal way for user interaction. For anything which includes loud vibrations will make the user uncomfortable and he will end up abandoning your app.


3. Voice Controls


As the wearable apps are programmed with such a small screens, tap and touch controls are not appropriate. With a device that small, voice controls are rather a necessity.

Apple watches have this integrated feature in which whenever you raise your wrist, Siri activates and waits for your command.

Wearable apps are all about convenience and this feature is the basic element in that.


4. Readability


No matter how boring this sounds but a simple ‘Sans Serif’ font with a uniform width is what you want to use to enhance the readability.

You never know in which hour user is going to use your app. How can you expect a stoned guy to decode a stylish font?

You should also be careful about black or bold styles. A typeface with moderate strokes and wide letterforms will be your best bet. (P.S. Go for Helvetica!)


5. High Contrast Colors


The main point is that these devices will be used in various environments -dark rooms, in sunlight, in rains so color scheme should be picked accordingly. Every letter should be readable in every environment. Plus colors can also be used to represent tappable elements.

Generally, high saturation colors with black background enhance the readability and improve user experience.


6. What looks good, sells more!


Wearables are linked to the identity of the individuals. Your app should carry a stylish look and feel to have an edge over existing app in the market.


7. Only the essentials here


Unlike the desktop or mobile design, watch-sized screen doesn’t have enough room for all the elements. So you need to put a conscious thought on what your screen should essentially show. ‘One Visual Thought Per Screen’ is highly recommended in this case.

With limited room for one or two words, you need to communicate the message clearly and make it convenient for user to understand the functionality. If further detail is required, the main screen should be followed by a subsequent screen.


If you already have a web and mobile app and planning to tap the wearable app market as well. It’s about time to take a call on it. Consagous have a commendable experience in the field. For any queries feel free to drop comments or you can contact us here…

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