So we’ve mentioned examples of bad design lately, but it would be more productive to have examples of good design to refer to, wouldn’t it? Conveniently enough, sites to help you with that seem to be springing up all over these days; starting from the collection in this post, here’s some good ones:
Pttrns — @pttrns
236 app screenshot examples in 32 categories as we write, from “Activity” to “Wooden Shelves”.
Mobile UI Patterns
Similar idea to pttrns, app screenshots collected into categories.
This one categorizes by app type, not task type, but likewise a collection of the pretty and shiny in app UI.
iOS Inspires Me
Contains icon, website, and miscellaneous resource sections as well as app UI examples
Breaks out iPhone and iPad app, game, website inspirations.
Design then Code
A collection of tutorials and resources that look pretty darn good, check out these recommendations for starters.
So those sites all look worth keeping track of. Moving on to specific articles on design, check out
7 Hot Trends in Mobile App Design
How To Create Great Looking iOS Apps Even If You Are A Design Noob
The 3 Ingredients of Successful iPhone Apps
How UX Can Drive Sales in Mobile Apps
And for a couple vaguely related to design things that are worth reading too:
Hits By Design
Taking the Advantage with App Store Screenshots
Sharpen Your Blink Test
Why Angry Birds is so successful and popular: a cognitive teardown of the user experience
As always, Dear Reader, if there’s anything you think should be added, let us know!
h/t: @globalmoxie, @Dylan_Beadle, @joe_carney, @chockenberry, @renderplace, and everyone else we forgot!
Couple more design showcases from this post: TapFancy™, Well-Placed Pixels
12 Eye-Catching iPhone App Websites: Plus Resources to Start your own
And more screenshots: LovelyUI – a collection of mobile UI elements
More design showcases: Pointed.co, Mac Apps That Rock
Top 18 iPhone App Design Inspiration For 2012 That Really Rocks
“Steal Good Stuff” – iOS Design Pattern Collections
IICNS – Pretty icons!
27 Must have iOS Design Resources to Bookmark
iOS Icon Gallery
The 20 hottest trends in app design for 2012
50 tips for designing brilliant iOS apps
How I Data Mined the top 300 paids apps to create Tehula’s icon
Showcase of 40 Insanely Detailed iOS Icon Designs
This Year’s iPhone Design Trend: Side navigation
35 Mobile and UI App Design Inspiration