10 Application Interface Design Examples: How Top Companies Design Their App's UIs

The user interface is the first thing your customers notice about your product. The very idea behind your service and its benefits are communicated through the user interface, especially when it comes to mobile applications. Your clients want to have an understandable and fast service to resolve their issues because they are using apps daily.

It is hard to think of software that would not have a mobile application nowadays. Indeed, many products can be only reached through mobile applications because not everybody works with computers each day. However, this is not the case with smartphones as we manage lots of tasks with the help of apps throughout the day.

From ordering food or calling a taxi and ending up with talking to close people or relaxing with meditation applications, we rely on mobile apps in most of our daily activities. That is why the role of the user interface in an application is to make the process of completing any task simple, convenient, and quick.

User interface design is a huge part of the success as it defines both the first impression of your users and whether they will continue using the mobile application. We’ve prepared a few examples of great UI designs to get you inspired and learn how to communicate the main idea of your product via the application. 

Examples of great mobile application UI designs

Good mobile app user interface design is quite difficult to notice because everything works flawlessly, so you do not even think of it. However, customers do notice bugs, glitches, and poor quality of UI. Let’s look at the following mobile applications and try to figure out why their user interface is top-notch. 

Revolut

Revolut is an excellent example of a mobile app UI design and contains lots of interesting features for mobile banking. At first glance, it may seem that you can get lost with all the buttons, diagrams, and hidden lists in the application. Nevertheless, it is a well-thought design that allows users to move from one screen to another and manage their finances within a few clicks.

For example, right after you open the app, you can see the balance of your main account, the latest transaction, the buttons to top-up account and send money. You can also open the list of all transactions or go to all your bank cards with Revolut with just one click. Therefore, all the things that you do the most often are available on the first screen of the application. 

Application interface design examples: Revolut
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Smart Pharmacy

Smart Pharmacy is a medicine delivery application, in which you can check the availability of the necessary drugs in the nearest drugstores and get them delivered. After typing in the name of the medication, you can see local pharmacies that currently have it on the map, as well as their working hours. 

With just one swipe up, you can see full information about the drugstore, and with a swipe down, you can go back to the map. The checkout process is also very easy and logical as you can see in the picture below. First, you enter address details, then you see your order, and only then you fill in your payment details. Additionally, the application saves all this information so that you do not have to enter it for the second time. 

Application interface design examples: Smart Pharmacy
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Uber 

Uber is a hit among taxi mobile applications with millions of users in all countries all over the world. It’s UI is simple but effective. After opening the app, you see the search bar for the destination and the map with your current location and all the cars available nearby. In the bottom half of the screen, you see two addresses from your latest trips.

It means that if you use Uber for going to the same places all the time, you can get a car just within 3 clicks. In addition, now you also have the button to order food at the bottom of the main screen via Uber’s service Uber Eats. 

Application interface design examples: Uber
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HabitSpace

HabitSpace is a minimalistic habit tracker mobile app designed by Eleken. As a design agency, we wanted to make this product usable to encourage you to improve your life by tracking habits easily. That is why the application is mainly made of lists and is quick to navigate.

On the main screen, there is a list of all the habits which users can customize by changing colors for each of them. For checking the progress, there is no need to go anywhere else - just click on the necessary habit. We’ve also added a round chart to show results, as well as little motivating phrases on top to cheer up and reward our customers for a nice try. 

Application interface design examples: HabitSpace

Starbucks

Starbucks’ mobile application is designed in black, brown, and green colors which remind of its logo and coffee itself. Nowadays, in the times of Covid-19 lockdown, Starbucks made sure that you can order coffee even before arriving at the cafe to avoid interaction with other visitors. 

After opening the app, you see the closest cafes on the map and can customize your drink by clicking on the button on the screen. You order your coffee and just pick it up after arriving at the cafe. Among other cool features of this mobile application is your drinks history showing up on the main screen and collecting rewards and bonuses for every order. 

Application interface design examples: Starbucks
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Adidas Training by Runtastic

This mobile application is currently one of the best ones among other sports apps. With not so many features available, Adidas allows the users to concentrate on exercising only. If you open the application, you can see workouts plan to choose from based on your preferences, as well as your progress. 

Under each workout, you see all exercises without even clicking on it, which makes the app easy to use. What’s more, Adidas includes basic instructional videos with countdown, voice comments, and visualization of how to do certain exercises, which makes this application attractive even for those who are only starting doing sports. 

Application interface design examples: Adidas
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Calm

Calm is a meditation and relaxation mobile application that has won the award App of the Year back in 2017. Its UI design captivates you as soon as you open the application due to peaceful images of nature and easy-to-figure-out steps to meditate, fall asleep, or simply get away from stress. Such an approach has proven to work for Calm users all over the world.

On the main screen of this app, you see only a few buttons that don’t steal your attention from the background image of nature. In the bottom part, you can go to the Music, Meditation, or Sleep sections with all of them offering different activities. 

For example, you can choose the Daily Calm feature in Mediation which lasts only for 10 minutes and is shown on the screen with a red circle. Thus, with this time tracker, you can see your progress with meditation instantly.  

Application interface design examples: Calm
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Property rental mobile app

The following project for the property rental mobile app demonstrates how to introduce and highlight the most important information with the help of UI design. After entering the city in the search bar in this app, you get the list of available properties with their characteristics (price, number of beds).

The designers have chosen a bright green color as the main one in the app, so you can see the price of each property in this exact color. Price is probably the most crucial thing when choosing a new place to rent. Consequently, such a color method allows the users to see the price immediately and move on to other criteria on their list when deciding on a place to live in.

The most important features of the app such as saving a property to your list or chatting with its owner are also highlighted in the same green color. 

Application interface design examples: property rental app
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Duolingo

Duolingo remains the leader among language learning apps for several years already, and its UI design explains such a choice pretty much. Users can do several language courses at the same time and they will have similar dashboards for each of them.

For each language, the progress is shown with the help of little colorful round icons that signify different topics. For additional convenience, these icons are named (Travel, Family, Basics). Such a dashboard shows your results in each topic and whether you have finished it.

Users can easily add or remove language courses by clicking on the flag in the right top corner. As shown in the screenshot below, the French flag means that currently, you are on your French course. However, if you click on the flag, you will see a small window with other available languages to choose from. 

Application interface design examples: Duolingo
Image credit: IXD@Pratt

Eventbrite

Eventbrite is a mobile application for exploring events or creating your ones in the area. Its UI is very straightforward but at the same time, cheerful and festive, in particular, due to the bright orange colors used. On the main screen, there is a search tool including the date, location, and type of event you are looking for.

The next screen shows the list of events with more detailed information based on the information you have entered. Additionally, you can switch between little tags (Performing arts, Music, and so on) on top of this screen if you want to check other events as well.

Application interface design examples: Eventbrite
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Conclusion

A user interface is a powerful tool for any mobile application to deliver the necessary message to the end-users. With effective and eye-catching UI design, your customers are sure that the product you are offering is practical and provides efficient ways to complete their tasks.

Contact Eleken to help you with building a unique mobile application with effective and meaningful UI design so that the customers can make the most of your service.

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