How to Design Cool Looking Apps That Sell

On November 22, 2011

The App Store Top 10 list…. that is one list you might sell your first-born child to be on, right?

But those guys that made it to the list do not have special powers. Not at all. One of the secret weapons used by Top App Developers is…. Design.

Why Developers Do not Make Use Of Not So Secret Weapon

This widely known secret weapon is not widely used. Why? Here are a couple of reasons why

Not Enough Cash to Hire A designer

You will have to pay upwards of $2000 to hire a designer to design an app and it’s icon. You will agree that it is a brave thing to do since you are not sure we will get a return on that investment when the App hits the store.

You can also try hosting a 99-designs contest. Sometimes you may be successful, sometimes not. To get great designs, you will have to guarantee the contest and offer a minimum of $500 as a prize.

Spending hours trying to go DIY

You can also try the DIY route and fire up Photoshop. The problem with this is you end up spending hours and hours and then end up with a design your 3-year old niece can come up with. Ugh, painful.

How to get Great Design for Your App Without Spending $2000+ 

Well, have no fear, there is a Vault located 5km under a bank in Switzerland packed full App templates.

Tope, call him the Vault Overseer, has released a bundle of iOS App Design themes worth its weight in gold. All specially for the Mobile Orchard audience.

In this bundle, you will get four iPhone App themes. Each theme comes with

  • Over 20 design elements per theme. Sliced .PNG ready to go into you new app design.
  • Sample Xcode project that will show you how to use the theme. You can be up and running in literally seconds.
  • .PSD Photoshop files. Especially if you are up to the task of tweaking the theme

Here are some more details on what you get with the themes in the bundle

Social Boo – Facebook, Twitter, Fourquare is within reach

You can use this to design your Facebook and Twitter apps and make it look amazing.

The theme has 4 screens. A list of social updates. Another screen for the user profile, a splash screen and an icon. Included in the theme are also design elements like Buttons, Progress bars etc.

PodRadio – Multimedia design on Steroids

PodRadio is a Multimedia App Theme. Do you need designs for an App that plays audio or video? PodRadio has you sorted. There is a screen with a list of Album titles, a detail screen with red glowing player controls. Fast forward, Rewind, Play, Pause, the works.

The app has a nice leather navigation bar that makes your app look classy. You can also use this navigation bar in any other apps you have.

Foody – Classy Recipe design

Recipe apps sell well on the App store. That is why Top Chefs like Jamie Oliver are coming out with their own apps too. Foody has a brown leather feel to it. It takes its inspiration from the the Find My Friends app from Apple.

This goes to prove that you can take these design concepts and use them for any kind of app.

Foody has a screen with a list of dishes, a detail screen with a list of ingredients and a framed image for the dishes.

PhotoPad – iPad PhotoBooks with a Twitter Interface.


Do you like the cool interface on the Twitter iPad App? Well, it so happens that you can use the interface for almost any kind of iPad app.

PhotoPad is the proof. It can be used to design a Photo-book app for weddings, baby photos and holidays. You get Photoshop files and the Xcode project included in the bundle.

Get the Special Deal Bundle – Only for a limited time

Each theme in the bundle is sold for $70 separately, which amounts to $280 in total. As a special discount for Mobile Orchard reader , you can get all themes in the bundle for $70.

The bundle is only available until the 5th of December, 2011.

If you think it is for you, go ahead and download it now.

App Design Vault offers a lifetime money back guarantee on this deal. That’s right! If you buy it and don’t like it, you can come back to App Design Vault in 4 years and still get your money back.