Software design is a critical and vital phase during the life cycle of your app development, careful and smart design will eliminate bugs in its early stages and will help you better understand your app.
How to software design your app
Starting with simple wireframes describing the screens needed to create the user experience, this phase should be only simple shapes like squares and circles, it is only to describe the different paths the app user may go through.
A good tool to be used for this phase is Adobe XD (Experience Design) or similar tools of the same category, it will help navigate and interact with your module as if it were a real app giving you a taste of what the user will experience.
After finishing the wireframes phase we will be able to see the business logic, the business models and the main functions we will need to achieve each path objective, with knowing those details we will be able to move on to create a base prototype of the base code which will lead us to the next phase.
By now all we have is basic shapes and a working prototype, but do not underestimate the power you have, now, you can find out if the workflow you created is what the user will be happy to use or you will need to change, but the good news is that changes are easily made and you can adopt new workflows until you reach the best user experience that will ensure the success of your app.
Where to go from here
The answer is simple, you have a working prototype, all you need is to move on with the app user interface design and branding, then take it to the next phase of writing the actual business logic code.
Many developers ignore or bypass the software design phase which will lead up to the unfinished and untested user experience which in turn leads to bugs, hard to change the code, hard to scale the app or add new features and as we know anything hard in software development leads to more time investment which raises the cost of your app development.
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