DRD telemedicine mobile app

Telemedicine apps to keep an eye on in 2021

There’s a new category of apps booming right now.

Actually, it has been here for a while now, but the context of the pandemic has triggered the emergence of even more of this kind of apps.

Yes, I am talking about dating telemedicine apps.

It looks like the amount of people relying on telemedicine solutions have gone through the roof. In fact, it has been reported that the pandemic boosted technology adoption, with the demand for such telemedicine apps increasing by over 65%.

To get even deeper into data, the global telemedicine market is expected to grow 37.7% annually until 2025, when it is estimated to exceed $191 billion in market value.

So..

How are telemedicine apps transforming healthcare?

Telemedicine apps allow you to speak with a health care provider using an app on your phone. Some may also work with your computer. Services may be on-demand, which means you see a different provider each time you use the app. Other services allow you to see the same provider for multiple visits.

What is also cool about telemedicine apps is that they also have a specialty, a specific niche to serve. Some focus on mental health care, others focus on reproductive care and others may focus on urgent care.

The apps may charge per visit, and most have relatively modest fees.

What seemed to be the norm some time ago, now became an ultimate alternative. More and more people prefer receiving expert medical consultations and prescriptions from the comfort of their home and even more institutions are recognizing these new needs and commit to adapt to them.

Healthcare processes are being transformed globally to these new tendencies with institutions managing to solve even more recurrent problems like providing fast healthcare access to remote areas and ensuring that there is a sufficient number of doctors who can cover certain territories and essentially decrease the number of diseases.

Basically, no matter where you are, now you can reach a doctor in no time so that you won’t have to google your symptoms and pretty much fear that your days are numbered. 😅

Keeping this in mind, I figured I’d highlight the most popular telemedicine apps of 2021, the game-changers, if you would, which you should keep an eye on.

Teladoc

Teladoc telemedicine app

The company offers fast and reliable access to its doctors via phone calls or video conferencing, either on the web or through the mobile app.

You get access to services like general care, pediatrics, preventative medicine or mental health. Teladoc’s on-demand service provides a high level of convenience and versatility, allowing users to connect with a doctor whenever the need arises. Typically, doctors connect with a patient within a 20 minutes time-frame since the initial request.

Physicians are available 24/7 and service is offered in over 30 languages. I must mention that according to the company’s data, nearly 90% of its clients have their medical issues addressed in a single call, which eliminates the need for further appointments and follow-ups for most users.

The cost of a Teladoc visit depends on the specific type of care that you are going for, as well as the insurance you got. A General Medical visit can be as low as $0 per visit with insurance, but prices vary outside your benefits plan or insurance coverage. The same General Medical visit would cost $75.

Visit Teladoc’s website for more information.

DRD

DRD telemedicine mobile app

DRD is a web and mobile app that brings together the functions of a doctor search platform and a telemedicine service to Austrian users. This idea came to life in 2017 when the two founders realized the importance of simplifying access to doctors and the need for support in choosing the right doctor for the course of treatment.

The platform functions as the first point of contact for patients with medical questions and offers the chance to get immediate assistance via video consultations with registered specialists.

As a start-up with a young, dynamic team, drd doctors online focused on offering the following functions as part of an iOS, Android and web app for users:

  • Chance to have a telemedical consultation with a general practitioner via an encrypted video consultation
  • Simple, secure and user-friendly patient file for all medical documents on your smartphone
  • Search function for all specialists registered in Austria.

Simple access to a family doctor via your smartphone – No waiting times, direct referral to a specialist and a laboratory and instant prescription on your smartphone.

All general practitioners on DRD doctors online have been recommended by medical professionals and continually undergo training in order to provide top-quality and highly targeted medical advice.

In terms of price, you got two options to chose from. One fit for trying out the platform, for a fixed price of 49.99 euros, and another one, subscription-based, for 9.99 euros per month.

Visit DRD’s site for more information.

Recomedica

Recomedica Telehealth app

Recomedica is a MedTech startup, a mobile app launched in November 2019 that bridges medical service providers worldwide and patients, offering users immediate access to online medical consultations, in order to streamline the diagnostics and treatment processes.

With more than 350 specialized medical professionals under the same umbrella and growing, Recomedica provides medical advice and recommendations to users posting an average of 300 requests daily.

Since 2019, Recomedica has been offering online medical guidance and access to healthcare services to more than 35,000 unique users who have already made over 80,000 medical requests within the web platform.

Besides common features amongst other telemedicine platforms like generating a full Medical Profile for both yourself and your family members, real-time chat with doctors from different specialties, management of medical cases and files, or medical requests, the platform also features a machine-learning-like algorithm as part of the onboarding process.

This is specifically important as it allows automatization of processes, eliminating the manual tasks and smoothening extraction of data directly from electronic records. It also creates the possibility for doctors to predict trends in the patient conditions and their behaviors by discovering connections and relations from seemingly unrelated information, patterns that could then be used by to determine diagnoses, prognoses and treatments for patients in healthcare organizations.

There are 3 different types of subscriptions that you can make and, depending on the one you chose to go with, the price varies between 5 to 20 euros per month. 

Visit Recomedica’s site for more information.

MDlive

MDlive telemedicine

MDLive helps patients to get in touch with psychiatrists or dermatologist doctors, counselors for discussion via a mobile application. Each doctor that works for MDlive is board-certified in their area of expertise, and the staff overall specializes in treating a wide variety of medical conditions. The overall experience of each of the physicians offering consultations is 15 years, making the MDlive’s staff a highly experienced team.

The doctors have 24/7 availability and you can reach them either through a phone call or a video chat. Specifically, their area of expertise relies on diagnosing skin conditions, allergies and plenty of other acute conditions. Nevertheless, the popularity of this platform also has to do with its mental health services and respectively the therapists who are available for counseling and support sessions on-demand.

Depending on the insurance, the cost per medical visit can be between $0 to $82. However, on their website you will find that part of the medical services that you can access, there is also a behavioral health and dermatology category including slightly pricier sessions.

Visit MDlive’s site for more information.

Amwell

Amwell telehealth app

Designed specifically to be a fast, reliable, and smarter way for patients to interact with doctors, Amwell is focused on convenience and service. Most of the virtual doctor’s visits are less than 10 minutes and don’t require an appointment. Amwell’s focus is on providing an accurate diagnosis and recommending the proper treatment in an expedient manner.

Amwell physicians can even write prescriptions or suggest homeopathic treatments for conditions like sinus infections, rashes, or acne. Interactions take place over the phone, video chat, or using the service’s app.

The cost is $79 per visit, and even less with most major insurance plans.

Visit Amwell’s site for more information.

Doctor On Demand

Doctor On Demand telehealth

Available over the web, phone, or smartphone app, the healthcare professionals at DoD provide assistance and advice for urgent care, chronic conditions, and preventative medicine.

The company keeps certified therapists on staff to assist patients with mental and behavioral health issues, while its doctors handle advice on how to treat everything from the cold and flu to asthma and diabetes.

One of the best aspects of this service is that patients can mark doctors as a favorite in order to connect with them again in the future when available.

The app is free with premium services and consultations varying per session basis.

Visit Doctor on Demand’s site for more information.

Plush Care

PlushCare telemedicine platform

Plush Care puts a large team of experienced physicians right at your fingertips thanks to its app. Using a smartphone, patients are able to make an appointment, speak directly with a doctor, and get a quick and simple diagnosis. The service also calls in prescriptions to a local pharmacy of choice and provides the ability for a follow-up after the initial consultation.

PlushCare treats urgent issues like the cold and flu or UTIs and STDs. It also provides support for ongoing conditions, including diabetes, hypertension, thyroid disorders, and depression. And the platform has a huge mental health care component via licensed therapists or primary care physicians. PlushCare even has options for prescription renewals, too, including birth control.

PlushCare has two membership plans: the monthly membership costs $14.99 per month, and the annual membership which costs $99 per year. You also get a 30-day free trial for both plans. Besides, there’s a $99 copay per visit. However, those of you that benefit from an insurance will have to pay a significantly lower fee, about $25 to see a doctor.

Visit Plush Care’s site for more information.

LiveHealth

LiveHealth healthcare app

Whether you need help dealing with common issues like pink eye, fever, or tooth pain, or you’re looking for more in-depth assistance with allergies or the flu, LiveHealth Online covers it all. The service allows members to connect with doctors 24/7 using their laptops or smartphones in order to get fast and reliable medical attention and prescriptions filled.

LiveHealth also connects users with psychologists and psychiatrists to get them the mental health support they need, too. One of the distinguishing features to this service is that it allows members to choose the specific doctor that they want to interact with.

The costs vary depending on the type of insurance you hold. In the case you don’t benefit from one, a visit would cost $59.

Visit LiveHealth Online’s site for more information.

Talkspace

Talkspace mental health app

Talkspace is a telehealth service that specializes in mental healthcare, offering features such as: chat, video and voice calls, user-friendly therapists’ search, AI-based assessments, billing and ePrescriptions. It is a highly rated online therapy platform, offering the patient the option to select from a list of recommended licensed therapists.

Users can engage in therapy sessions via video conferencing and messaging, for delicate matters ranging from family conflicts to substance abuse, bipolar, anger management, OCD etc. Talkspace offers 24/7 access and flexible plans to meet individual needs.

With the likes of Demi Lovato or Michael Phelps being strong advocates of the platform, since 2012, the application has reached over one million users. The pandemic was a blessing in disguise for Talkspace as the number of visitors drastically increased, in fact doubled since mid-March 2020.

The average cost starts from $260 a month

Visit Talkspace’s site for more information.

Lemonaid

Lemonaid app

Lemonaid is an app, an online doctor’s office, as they like to position themselves, widely used in the United States which features medical professionals licensed in all 50 states.

Its mission is to provide all Americans access to primary healthcare services and help patients get evaluated and treated for conditions like urinary tract infections (UTIs), cold sores, flu, acute sinusitis, acne, as well as treatment to quit smoking, get tested and treated for sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), high cholesterol, diabetes and many more.

The thorough onboarding process is a key selling point of this platform. Specifically, patients receive a sort of questionnaire to fill out and based on the reviews these questionnaires get from the expert doctors of Lemonaid, each patient is given personalized medicine shipped with free delivery directly to the user’s door or the nearest pharmacy.

The costs vary based on the nature of consultation starting $10+ for lab tests, and $25 and more for telehealth appointments.

Visit Lemonaid’s site for more information.

Well, if you are looking for a reliable telemedicine app development company to bring your idea to life through the latest tech and a user-centric design, then don’t hesitate to reach out.

You might want to read our latest case-studies where we present how we developed a telemedicine app, as well as a white-label platform used to digitalize healthcare institutions.

2021 Web and Mobile app design trends

2021 Web and Mobile app design trends.

With the outside world being partially closed, this year we found ourselves evermore present in the digital universe. This was an immense opportunity for the organizations looking to step up their digital experiences, as well as for those brick-and-mortar businesses who transitioned to the online environment and switched from struggling to survive to thrive within this context.

Reflecting on some of the product design practices that lift the bar in 2020 in terms of innovation and efficiency, in this article I am going to present what are, in our opinion, the web and mobile app design trends for 2021.

As it is difficult to pinpoint exactly which of these trends are going to perform better, we advise that you don’t take the following list as a leaderboard, but rather as inspiration, an appreciation of what it is believed that will dominate the screens in the upcoming year.

Dark Mode.

We’ve all got excited when Apple introduced this feature. Being so widely adopted by most of the users in no-time, it became the norm for big tech companies such as Facebook, Instagram, or Slack, as well as small businesses looking to spice up their digital identities.

Slack Dark Mode design trend

Users seem to find the dark theme adding up a nuance of coolness to their devices, but besides this aesthetic factor, there are a couple of other reasons why this feature has been so requested recently and why we think will continue to dominate the UI guidelines.

· It reduces eye strain

· It provides safety in dark environments

· It allows highlighting and popping other design elements

· It saves device battery power

If you are thinking of adopting this trend for your digital experience too, there are some things that you should keep in mind so you can make the most of it:

Use a dark grey rather than a pure black (#000000); use lighter tones on dark themes, as saturated colors can create an irritating contrast on your UI; test your design in both dark and light appearances and allow your users to switch between regular to dark themes, rather than framing it as the only option.

There are more technicalities behind the simplicity of this sleek feature, but for that, we suggest that you read Nick’s Babich 8 tips for dark theme design.

Bold Typography.

Yet another design trend that seems to have found its way back into widespread practice nowadays, bold typography perfectly blends with pretty much every trend that this article will touch upon. Not only does it add an extra feel of modernness to your overall design, but it also an efficient means of driving users’ attention to certain elements on your web or mobile app.

Remember that when playing around with such heavy fonts, you should avoid overusing them and focus on short bits of text placed on more neutral backgrounds.

bold typography product design
Mobile Banking Service Website by Tubik

Micro interactions.

Micro interactions have become an essential part of designing great web and mobile apps. Being utterly subtle details, these design gimmicks articulate an enjoyable experience and ignite a priceless sense of excitement for those using your app or navigating your website.

Although the term might seem quite explanatory itself, one must remember that the word “interactions” refers to engaging human moments, that can be grasped within seconds, without overwhelming.

Microinteraction Bookmark interaction by Paarth Desai
Microinteraction Bookmark interaction by Paarth Desai

Beyond conveying an aesthetic aspect, these animations aim to:

· Provide immediate feedback about a completed action, playing on our natural tendency to seek instant gratification in everything we do;

· Teach the functionality of the visual interface through intuitive design elements.

· Or encourage certain actions on the platform, functioning just like a visual Call To Action, but rather an indirect one.

Micro interaction Loading XXI by Oleg Frolov
Loading XXI by Oleg Frolov

Whether you are thinking of a swipe animation, an unconventional loading screen, a delicate call to action, or just a cool button, when designing these micro interactions, you should always put yourself in the user’s shoes, strive for functionality, be as less intrusive as possible and use plain human language.

Neumorphism.

Designers from all over the world seem to have not got over this trend which is somewhat recent, making most of the lists of 2020. Still, researching it could get a bit confusing because some tend to state that neumorphism is just a more recent term coined for skeuomorphism.

But there is a difference.

Skeumorphism, implies designing elements in a realistic and minimal style, focusing on the similarity between the real and digital worlds.

While neumorphism also attempts to replicate the real feel and aspect of elements such as buttons, layouts, or cards, it is more focused on the color palette. Specifically, this trend refers to creating an interface in which the previously stated elements look like they are placed behind the background, and not on the background.

digital product trend neumorphism Apple Watch UI Design by Sanad Daniyal
neumorphism Apple Watch UI Design by Sanad Daniyal

This is a subtle touch that can be done by manipulating shadow and light.

The image below should be explanatory enough, but if you want to get a crash course into how to properly implement it, we suggest reading this neumorphic design guide.

Shazam Neomorphism Version by Nardi Braho
Shazam Neomorphism Version by Nardi Braho

Immersive 3D visuals.

It is still quite early to tell if VR and AR technologies have gained a maturity level, but what is noticeable is that an increased number of product designers are pivoting similar hyper-realistic visuals onto websites, as well web and mobile apps. This gives brands more immersive touchpoints, an awe-inspiring user experience that could easily translate into conversions.

3d visual Timescope by Peter Tarka
Timescope by Peter Tarka

Successfully jumping on the bandwagon with this trend implies, however, a fine eye for design, but also a series of diligent efforts to increase your website performance. You may have some sleek animations or a 3D visual ready to take up the entire users’ screen and amaze them, but a slow-loading and poorly optimized platform will have them leave your website even before that fancy hero image will pop up, so be mindful about it. 

3d Landing Page by Tran Mau Tri Tam
3d Landing Page by Tran Mau Tri Tam

Abstract data visualization.

With so much data being available online, cluttering both our feeds and our minds, it is imperative that you find more engaging ways of displaying it. Gone are the days when we would get excited glancing at a colorful infographic, consuming the information with more curiosity than we would from a dull spreadsheet.

Indeed, it was exciting to see this abrupt transition from plane tables to creative data illustrations, but just like with every visual feature, we seem to have got used to this too now.

You have to find novel ways of data visualization. Dare to illustrate your information abstractly with a futuristic design that doesn’t necessarily conform to some predefined patterns. Challenging the norms might sound cliché, but when it comes to design it is how you move forward.

Leaps in Space by Bureau OberhaeuserDrowning in plastic by Reuters Graphics
Drowning in plastic by Reuters Graphics

Microcopy & UX writing.

Talking about plain human language, there’s not much to discuss about it, but a simple statement. People demand less jargon, less of those vague standard notions, and more copy that sounds human. The goal is to write as you talk, ideally as less formal as possible, similar to a casual dialogue that you would have with a friend.

Although we were not the fans of the term “human-centered design”, as it kinda feels like BS, to our surprise, it is a thing now. And so should the human-centered copy.

It doesn’t matter whether you are writing an article or UX copy for a new fintech app, you should aim to define a unique tone of voice, based on authentic non-corporate messaging that people can understand and resonate with. Being a content writer myself, I have often fallen into the trap of wanting to sound just as professional as the other players in the industry, but, looking at the engagement metrics, I got to understand that I was heading to a dead-end.

It is fascinating how challenging it is to write just as simple as we talk when most of us were schooled in a specific formal writing style, but, luckily, there are some organizations that are already mastering this art.

Have a look on Ueno’s website to draw some inspiration on what engaging UX writing looks like.

Minimalistic design.

We can’t be sure whether this is just a temporary phase or a long-awaited comeback, but it is clearly happening. With so many distractions, flashy elements, electrifying colors, and nerve-racking pop-ups, going back to the basics of minimalism feels like a refreshing breath of air for most of us who need a break from the distractions of the current always-on life.

Having just mentioned that you should dare to be bold in your design and play with the abstract notions, it might seem a bit contradictory to now encourage you towards minimalism.

I’m not saying you have to ditch your experimental ideas to the detriment of a bare design. What I am suggesting is that you can do both. Simply keep in mind that, these days, as users, we tend to feel overwhelmed and anxious by the clutter we are surrounded with.

No matter the industry, a loosen-up visual interface will trigger a sense of peacefulness which often correlates with increased levels of engagement. Still, this practice is even more effective for those businesses selling complex solutions such as SaaS products or even financial services, as it simplifies their narrative, keeping users hooked on the specific platform.

minimalistic design Finance Mobile App Design by Ghulam Rasool
Finance Mobile App Design by Ghulam Rasool

Final thoughts.

The web and mobile app design area is crowded with ephemeral trends, but some of them determine the industry norm for a longer term. In this article, I wanted to present the popular design trends of 2020, while also anticipating a few more that will gain increased traction in 2021, based on our work here, at RebelDot, as well as an analysis of the already existing articles on this topic.

Although neither of these trends implied rocket science, I hope that reading this piece reinforced some basic concepts and got you inspired to design the next digital solutions that you users won’t get enough of in 2021.

As the design phase is also an iterative part of the product development process, you might also want to read our complementary post about building an MVP to understand exactly just what it means to innovate with rapid customer feedback. 🚀

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React Native or Native Development-iOS & Android: What should you choose for your next mobile app?

The dream of having one single framework to cover all platforms has been amongst us for years, and for a lot of us, getting here seemed nearly impossible.

A few years later, React Native has massively grown since it was open-sourced by Facebook back in 2015. Today, huge players like Facebook, Bloomberg, Uber Eats and Walmart have chosen React Native to build their mobile apps.

So, what’s better for your next great mobile app, React Native, or Native App Development?

A few months ago we had this very same discussion in house, with one of our partners. We were looking at two different apps, that could both be developed native or cross-platform. One involved sole iOS development and the other one was supposed to function on both platforms, Android and iOS. Now, most of our clients expect that in this kind of situations we deliver a straight, upfront answer with solid information to sustain our position. The truth the answer to this question depends on the project you are planning to build.

Taking the case of a mobile application that we would want to work on both platforms both iOS and Android, React Native comes in handy as a streamlined, cross-platform framework that allows you to develop two different apps, with the same codebase without compromising on your user’s experience. This simply means you don’t have to create an iOS and Android app separately and instead, one single codebase will have the output of two different apps. It also means that when there’s a bug, we’d only need to fix it once, which makes this whole React Native game loved by teams of developers around the world.

To cut to the chase and get a few things clear from the start, if you are only looking to build an iOS mobile application, building it in React Native makes zero sense.

So, yes, React Native is not an all size fits all framework, and there are cases in which we do not recommend cross-platform development as the best option. Switching the angle, if you are looking to build an iOS mobile application and later on add an Android one to it, the approach isn’t the same.

From our perspective, React Native comes with a huge advantage of cutting down on development costs. Our experience tells us that in most cases, the development cost is reduced by 30% per platform.

Besides this great competitive advantage React Native brings to the table, there are a few essential things we would want you to consider before making any decision regarding the tech stack of your mobile app. These are also some of the most frequently asked questions we get regarding React Native. Grab a cup of your favourite coffee and read this through with us.

Does React Native influence the look & feel of my mobile app?

The right answer is that it depends on the overall complexity of the user experience.

One considerable advantage that native mobile apps bring to the table is access to all mainly native functionalities, as well as some other animation tools. There is no middle ground, and you can take advantage of everything the platform has to offer. For some apps, which are a little bit more sophisticated in their UX, this might improve the overall user experience the app has to offer. Although React Native has the Animated API, which is a pretty good solution, some say it is still far behind the native capabilities.

In a nutshell, React Native simply does not provide all the power for complex animations and UX like a native app would. Still, for simple-looking apps, unless the quality of the code is poor, the user should not be able to tell the difference.

Does React Native influence the future scalability of my mobile app?

We recommend getting into scalability as a point of discussion long before actually starting to build an app. It not only gives your digital product a good start, but it helps in making sure you won’t have to support the financial costs of possibly rewriting your app later in time, as the product gets more traction.

By now, React Native should have all the capabilities of scaling with about 80% of the apps on the market. Having said this, there is no reason React Native should stand in the way of your app’s scalability, and there are a few good examples out there on the market to prove it.

Why are some people disappointed by React Native?

Because for apps that are resource-intensive and require a lot of interaction, Java, Swift and Objective-C might be better options. Messaging apps like Facebook Messenger can be a good example here, as in most cases, they allow a high degree of customisation and have a lot of background processing.

Also, there are apps like battery monitors and media players or various antivirus software that are more suitable for native languages.

Airbnb ditched React Native. Should I too?

The short answer is — no — but it gets more complicated than this.

If we take a look at the case of Airbnb, they ditched React Native after trying to introduce it in a reasonably big app, already written in native code.

Around 2009, Airbnb was just a web-based platform, with increasing traffic on mobile devices.

In 2012, the Airbnb development team realised that in order to keep pace with the increasing traffic they were having on mobile devices, they would eventually have to start investing in a team of iOS and Android developers. For almost four years, their team built iOS and Android apps using dedicated mobile development resources.

Four years later, in 2016 the landscape has shifted in such a way that they had to come with a faster solution to the increasingly mobile need on the market. Already having a fairly big team of experienced React resources from their web development teams, switching to React Native instead of hiring iOS and Android developers, seemed like a good idea. They started introducing React Native into their already existing code base and up to this day, 15–20% of their apps were written in React Native.

In 2019, Airbnb realised it takes more time and resource to introduce React Native into an already existing codebase, as often times they were bumping into functionality gaps that needed to be filled with native code.

Taking the case of Airbnb, transitioning from 0 to 1 was far costly than expected. The point here?

If you are trying to introduce React Native into an already existing codebase, expect to invest such amount of energy and time, it might not even be sustainable anymore.

Summing this up, React Native should, by now, have all the capabilities of covering functionalities for at least 80% on the market. To this day, it has been widely used by a lot of big brands that are out there and in some cases, it might be the smartest option for developing a mobile app for both Android and iOS.

If your team does not have any experience working with React Native whatsoever, maybe an alternative would be to hire a React Native developer

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Going UX design first is not a trend, it’s a necessity.

Here at RebelDot, user experience design has been an important part of our process from the very beginning. In fact, for us, design isn’t just a trend, but a way of thinking.

Of course, we aren’t the only ones who realized the importance of going UX first, as many companies, from start-ups to large organizations choose to go this route, as the number of advantages brought to the table is astonishing.

Since the importance of UX design plays a significant role in our company and the products we build/ develop, I’m going to share with you why going design first is not a trend, but a necessity.

Going UX design first

First, user experience design should not be an add-on, as it should be incorporated from the very beginning.

The biggest mistake many companies make is starting the UX design phase too late in the product development process. I know from experience that developers are much more comfortable thinking in features and user stories, rather than journeys and scenarios. Therefore, in development-oriented teams, products are built based on assumptions and requirements, and oftentimes they end up with a final product that doesn’t correspond with the user`s needs.

By going design first, we go through a series of steps, an iteration through which we define and validate needs, frustrations, requirements and assumptions, resulting in a validated product, which answers real needs. Only after the design phase, we hand off a fully working prototype and documentation for the developers to build on.

Good user experience is crucial. The aesthetic side is just a small part of UX, which makes all aspects (consistency, functionality, target audience, monetization, etc) work together in harmony. Essentially, UX defines how a product will work, and how users will interact with it.
If you have an idea, then this is the place to start!

Importance of going UX design first

Empathy

First, every product, environment or experience starts with the users. After kick-off you need to find answers to the following questions:
What are the user’s needs?
What problems are we trying to solve?
What value will the product bring to the users?

Going design first will answer these questions through research, which on top of everything, will give you a better understanding of your audience and will allow you to adjust and set trajectory before the development phase begins.

When building a new product, it’s vital to dedicate as much time as possible in understanding how users will use the product and in which scenarios, to make sure their needs are met, and frustrations resolved, making their way of working simpler and hassle-free.

Innovation

To solve complex problems and come up with innovative solutions we use an iterative design process, where we seek to understand the users, assess their needs, challenge assumptions, and identify problems that might not be apparent on first sight.

While every product is unique and has its own challenges, having an iterative design process in place is crucial to champion challenges and design the best solutions.

Consistency

A designer will help you bring all ideas together, identifying features that are important for your product, features that can determine whether your idea will succeed or fail.

“A designer knows he has achieved perfection not when there is nothing left to add, but when there is nothing left to take away.” Antoine de Saint-Exupéry

Money Saving

It is easier and cost efficient to change trajectory, to tackle the unexpected during the design phase. The costs of changes and updates in this phase are much lower than changing an entire product which is already developed.

Building on 3 pylons

The end goal of a design is to create a product that is desirable, feasible and viable. This means that your product should not only satisfy the needs of a user, but it must also take into consideration the appropriate technology that allows implementing the right solution for the product and its business model.

Designers slow us down to speed us up

The design is important, and as mentioned before, to start with this phase from the beginning is vital, a must for companies and organizations that build products.
Start with the right foot, foresee, tackle and validate issues, before investing too much time and money into the development process. 

 

If you want to build a successful product you should definitely go design first, think outside the box, look beyond aesthetics, build a cross-functional team and most importantly, believe in your idea!

Blockchain

Are STOs replacing ICOs?

November 2018 has been a Blockchain packed month for us, as our CEO has been invited as an investor to two of the biggest conferences in the blockchain industry: Crypto Invest Summit in Los Angeles and Malta Blockchain Summit and now we’re packing again for London.

BTW, if any of you want to grab a cup of coffee, you can meet our CEO during the Blockchain Venture Summit that will take place on 21st of November.

However, before flying to London, we wanted to share with you the main key points from the L.A and Malta conferences.

So here we go:
The end of the ICOs is close:
One of the main takeaways is that the era of the ICOs is nearly over. STOs – Security Token Offerings – are taking the lead.

During the conference, there were various discussions from the types of assets being tokenized to all the legal implications and the infrastructure needed to support them. Although the infrastructure is still in its infancy, all the voices agreed that the STOs are the next big thing. Keep an eye on it!
Blockchain is a bubble:
Steve Wozniak was one of the star-speakers bringing different perspectives to the table. Although he doesn’t claim to be a big expert in the field himself, Steve clarified his position regarding bitcoin by explaining that he invested in it for the sake of an experiment. However, he said that he is excited about how technology is evolving but that there is one thing that the world must not forget: the human factor.

One of his most interesting remarks was that Blockchain is a bubble: “The Internet was a bubble, but the thinking behind it was correct, it ended up being integral to our lives. Maybe with Blockchain, it will be the same: it is a bubble, but in 10-15 years its value will show ” Steve Wozniak.
My 2 cents are that Steve is right, but I believe Blockchain’s worth will be seen in an even shorter period than what he predicted. I’m curious about your opinion: is Blockchain the new era, or is it a trend slowly dying?
Malta is the Blockchain Island

One of the things I liked most about Malta Blockchain Summit was the diversity of the participants: over 8500 (the highest number stated) with different backgrounds and perspectives regarding the industry.

But what truly captured my attention was learning about the efforts that the Government and institutions do in transforming Malta in blockchain heaven. The legislative actions seem to have created a sense of security and stability, Malta managing to attract top cryptocurrency exchanges like Binance and OKEx. Thumbs up, Malta!

The gaming industry – the playground for Blockchain
Gaming, Gaming and again Gaming… the topic came up multiple times during the events and was related to how Blockchain is disrupting the gaming industry. The blockchain gaming advocates continuously emphasized that the main benefit of using Blockchain in this industry is having true ownership of your in-game assets.

However, not everything is pink as the main bump in the road is user adoption. It seems that there is a big challenge to onboard new users: ”Many gamers are blinded by what they are accustomed to.” Cristián González, CEO of MEGO

On the list of obstacles for mass adoption, we can also add the costs transparency and the quality of the games.
These are only a few of all the interesting things I learned from the conferences, but I will come back with more updates from London. In the meantime, I’m curious to see what you think about Blockchain and where you see the tech heading next.
Software development process

The Anatomy of a Successful Software Development Process | UX-UI Design.

Hello everybody,

Our team was present between 3rd–4th of October at IMWorld in Bucharest.

During the event, amongst the visitors, they spoke with a few of them about our end-to-end software development process. While having these conversations, they realized some important aspects of the current market trends:

‘’ We were surprised to find out how many business owners have difficulties in finding the right software partner for their businesses. When we showed them how we do UX/UI and the concept of Rapid Prototyping we even got replies like: It took me one year to find a company to offer something like that. This was again, besides the positive feedback that we had already received from our clients, a market validation about the value we bring through our digital UX process. ‘’

Among the key takeaways from the event we noticed that the combination of Agile Development and Lean Startup is something that is driving the market nowadays. Also, UX-UI Design stage seems to be the emerging trend and one of the most important steps in the web and mobile app development process.

‘’At RebelDot we already have a few years of experience in terms of introducing UX-UI Design as a first step in the development process. Our teams have worked on different types of projects and industry specifics and we already validated the effectiveness of our development methodologies.’’

How is the UX/UI step part of RebelDot’s end-to-end software development process?

When talking about our special end-to-end software development process, we are a technical partner that covers all services from: tech advisory, gathering specifications, risk assessment, architecture, UX-UI design to prototype, MVP or product development, quality assurance, maintenance and long-term support.

As you can see below, after the initial analysis and specifications gathering, we move directly to UX/UI Design.

Instead of writing hundreds of pages of technical specifications, most of our customers prefer to move into this design stage where they can visualize their future app. Moreover, they can provide their own feedback and also collect and bring in feedback from their future users/clients. At this stage, change is easy to embrace and everything is quick, cost effective and easily adaptable towards product-market fit.

oftware development life cycle

RebelDot’s UX-UI Design process is following in general 5 steps:

1.      User personas – define who your users are and what their main characteristics are.

2.      User Flows – identify the processes and define, step by step, what the users’ journey through your future web or mobile app is.

3.      Wireframes – start designing the screens for the most important steps of every user flow. Initially, they will be low fidelity but enough to help you identify the items you like and which you don’t. After a few iterations and feedback rounds we will reach the high-fidelity stage and you will be able to see exactly how the screens will look like.

4.      Mockups – apply your branding elements and visual identity to the wireframes.

5.      Prototype – build a prototype to share with potential users and gather feedback in order to validate product-market fit before proceeding to development.

The process described above is just a small part of how we work, but if you are interested in finding out more details, drop us a line at getintouch@rebeldot.com and we’ll offer you a dedicated demo.