Don’t overly complicate your design(!) When dealing with data and large amounts of figures it’s important to keep your layout nice and simple. If you get stuck, have a research on the style of app designs that you like and get inspired! Though remember to use your research purely as inspiration and never copy someone else’s design.
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A London-based creative agency has been approached by an international banking firm to design an app to help encourage young people to save money and manage their finances. This agency, have commissioned you as a designer to work on this personal finance app and so this a great opportunity to really show off your digital, icon design and layout skills!
This app needs to be specifically created for smartphone devices and must include all of the relevant information for users to easily check their accounts and complete simple monetary transactions. They would like their app to be easy, accessible and engaging to use. Importantly, the client would like the app to be able to display a monthly overview of their income, outgoing expenses and a savings target to work to. Designed with the aim of encouraging people to get inspired and save up money for say travelling abroad or even building up a deposit to purchase their first home. They would also like you to create a series of small illustrated icons to accompany the app to help make as it visually appealing and fun to use.
There are lots of different stylistic routes that you could go down with this brief. However, a great place to start is to get researching the different kinds of banking app designs out there and specifically take note of ones that you think work. Ask yourself specific questions about the design such as how will the information be displayed on the page? What kinds of colours and icons can be used to convey large amounts of data?
It's important to remember, that the design needs to be fun and easy to use on a small, hand-held device and so make sure that you keep the layout nice and simple. Less is more with this brief! Also, carefully consider the typeface that you'd like to use and the style of icon design. Have a think about the kinds of icons that you need to design, to represent saving for travelling abroad or putting a deposit down on a new house.
Once you've been through the initial research stages, you can now make a start by creating a theme and testing out icon illustrations and a complimentary colour palette. Once you're happy with how it's looking, begin to lay out your design on a page which is compatible with your chosen smartphone device (these screen resolution sizes can be found online).
Have fun with this brief! In order to complete your submission, place your design into an awesome smartphone mockup and load it up into Briefbox for us to review!
Remember if multiple deliverables are required you can add attachments to your submissions when you have completed the brief.
Timescales and deadlines
2.5 days should be sufficient to complete your design. Spend your first day researching and making key decisions about the style and layout for this brief. Spend the remaining time working on your designs and creating your mockups.
Here is a selection of images by awesome designers to give you some creative fuel! Remember don't copy this directly, use them as inspiration only.
Personal finance app design by Emmanuel Torres
Icon designs by Gasper Vidovic
Personal finance app design by Karol Cichoń
Finance icon designs by Sinan ozdemir
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