Design an iOS interface

  • Software: Photoshop CS3 or later
  • Project time: 6-7 hours
  • What you'll learn: Prepare a moodboard, use vector and Layer Styles, Create realistic UI elements

As a designer and user of interfaces, I’ve always liked apps that look great. The better the balance between functionality and aesthetics, the better the experience for the user. Over the following steps we’re going to look at skeuomorphic design: we’re going to make elements of a radio app appear more lifelike using different methods in Photoshop, to help the user better identify each function of the app.

The main functions of the radio app that we’re going to look at here are the ‘browser’, which enables users to browse through different radio stations; and the ‘player’. I’ve modelled my design here on a physical radio – particularly in the colours I’ve used, the shapes and some of the details like the buttons and wooden border. Once you’ve mastered the various techniques for making your apps more lifelike, you can experiment with different methods to get the aesthetic you want.

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