After you validate your app idea and decide on a business model you’ll need to put together a design concept.
How To Create a Design Concept
You need to draw a sketch or put together a wireframe of the app.
Doing so will help you think through the features that you want, the interaction between screens and the navigational scheme.
Even if you’ve never done this before don’t worry, it doesn’t have to be perfect.
Just think of the apps that you love and use the most.
Now that you want to build your own, you’ll want to look at these apps with a different lens.
Take out your phone or tablet, open each app and take note of each screen and how they interact with each tap or swipe. What do you like about them? What makes them easy to use. Take screenshots and write it down.
Next look at your potential competitors apps. Model what you like about them, improve what you don’t and add what makes your app unique!
Here’s an example of wireframe for a music app.
As you can see you don’t need to be a professional designer to get your idea on paper.
You can use pencil and paper to get started.
Create The App Requirement From Your Designs
After you create the concept, you’ll need to put together a requirement document that details the interactions of the app.
It may sound daunting but it’s really not. By this time, you would have thought through all of the elements of your user interface and the interactions between screens as you developed the concept.
Now you’ll just need to explain what happens when a user taps on various features of the app so that you can share it with your developer when requesting bids or proposals.
I highly recommend completing your design concept and the app requirement document before hiring a developer. Why? It will help you flesh out your original idea into a solid app design and serve as the blueprint for them to build it, ultimately saving you thousands of dollars!
Next you want to find and hire good affordable talent to help you build it.