Video Course

Fundamentals of iPhone App Design

by Rick Messer

Learn the fundamentals and best practices of iPhone app design. Learn how to design a check-in app, prototype your design on an iPhone, and prepare your app assets. All in this three hour video course. Read the full description


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What's in this Course?

Do you want to transition to iPhone app design? Would you like to see how it’s done by a shop dedicated to mobile design? Follow along for a three hour journey as Funsize Product Designer Rick Messer walks through how to design an iPhone app called NearMe. It’s an up-close look at Rick’s thinking and practices while designing for the iPhone.

Watch the first part of the course to see what’s covered:

What’s Covered

Here’s a rundown of what is covered in the course.

Introduction & Overview

  • A introduction to the NearMe app you’ll design during the course.
  • A handy list of tools you’ll need to follow along, some required, some not, but all tools are free (besides photoshop of course)
  • Reviewing the course files and file structure to keep your iPhone app designs organized.
  • Product Wireframes Review
  • PSD start file basics
  • Using Skala Preview, Designing on your iPhone

Activity Feed

  • Designing the Activity Feed
  • Fundamentals of iOS typography
  • Squint Testing comp data
  • User avatar best practices

Drawer Navigation Pattern

  • App Navigation Hamburger/drawer pattern
  • Design a custom slider control

Check-in Userflow

  • Designing a Check-in flow through a custom modal

Friends List & Profile

  • Designing a Friends List in a semi-customized table view
  • Designing a user profile

Slicy & Invision

  • Preparing for Prototyping & Production
  • Cutting Assets with Slicy
  • Saving out app screens
  • Moving screens to Invision for app prototyping

And a generous amount of Rick’s insight each step of the way.

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What about iPhone 6 / iPhone 6 Plus / iOS 8?

We’ll do a free update to the course to cover any relevant information about designing for the larger iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus along with updates to patterns in iOS 8. Having the device in hand is crucial to offering expertise. Rick and team would like more time with the physical devices before making recommendations.


What is the difficulty level?


This course is a beginner level introduction to iPhone app design but assumes prior experience with Photoshop and design. Photoshop is the main tool used but it's not a Photoshop tutorial.

How many parts are there in the course?

There are 7 parts to this course.

...and how long is each part?

The times vary but the total running time is around 3 hours of iPhonetastic learning.

Where do I get the course files you use?

The course files are available on your Account page, as part of the course downloads. Also included are a Getting Started documents and a list of resources. Please review both before jumping in!

What if I need to use them with my co-workers?

There is a Team Pack available, which allows you to share the screencasts with up to 5 people in your company or the Company license, which allows you to use the videos with up to 25 people. You can choose the proper license when you add the video series to your cart.

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