In 2014, Catherine Clifford from Entrepreneur Magazine predicted that the mobile app market would raise to be a $120 billion dollar industry by 2020 — just last month, Nick Kolakowski from Dice published a story that the mobile app market might be hitting the big $50 billion mark this year, only $27 billion shy. Will the predictions come true?
Nathan Eddy from eWeek has similar feelings to this, reporting a predicted $100 billion market by 2020. There’s no denying that mobile apps continue to grow and rise in popularity, in both mature and growing economies. Also, getting into mobile app market has never been this appealing, and mobile app developer jobs are some of the most sought after.
UI and UX
When designing mobile apps, a lot of the thought process goes into the two big aspects, UI and UX. The bread and butter for any mobile app today. Learning the best UX and UI practices is an inevitable part of any mobile apps success, and should be a starting place for any aspiring and established designer. Ideas on paper can seem wonderful, but it comes down to learning about the actual user who is going to use the app to even begin scrambling ideas and design together.
The first step is always going to be about understanding the user, and how he interacts with the design, then we can move on to usability of the app. Using wireframe kits becomes the norm when building prototypes, way before even an alpha release is on the horizon.
In a time where freebies are used as a way of promoting oneself’s work and ideas, there’s no shortage of free wireframe and mobile UI kits out there. They are used to begin building the User Interface of your application. It’s up to you to decide whether you wish to do the development work yourself. Also, hire someone else to make all the background magic a reality. Although we’re going to discuss a significant portion of the most popular and the best mobile UI kits out there. We want to remind our readers that there are many more choices out there. However, it all comes down to knowing what you need and what your application requires of you.
With the number of design elements and objects that you are going to get from these mobile UI kits, you will have many months ahead of you that will be spent in brainstorming and testing how all these elements come together.
Remember that you don’t have to stick to a single UI kit either — you can download ALL of them if you wish, and combine individual elements that best reflect your vision. Because these kits come in the form of .PSDs and .AI files, you will find it easy to make any adjustments and changes.
All the UI Kits you need and many other design elements, are available for a monthly subscription by subscribing to Envato Elements. The subscription costs $29 per month and gives you unlimited access to a massive and growing library of 500,000+ items that can be downloaded as often as you need (stock photos too)!
Komol Kuchkarov has raised the bar for mobile ui kit developers. Here’s Fair UI Kit, an all-in-one solution for designers/developers who want to create functioning app prototypes with existing, modern, and versatile design elements.
In this package you will find more than one hundred and forty individual app screens ready to be edited and published on your apps: twenty-two signup and login screens that you can use for creating signup and login pages, these come in all kinds of varieties, featuring many different color and color + image schemes, there’s something for everyone to be found here. A collection of thirteen walkthrough screens for making the onboarding process more friendly, and perhaps slightly more personal.
Twenty-five blogging and content reader screens to help you rapidly design a readable and friendly mobile blog for your app / website — featuring individual styles for writers, and complex styles for magazines. A huge list of more than twenty unique eCommerce related screens for showcasing products, for selling products, for doing payments, and for plain store exposure.
Media file formats aren’t forgotten, the Fair Mobile UI Kit has twenty beautiful media related screens included for enabling your users to listen to music or watch videos, and there are more than fifteen social media screens to help others connect with all of the other elements through social interactivity.
Aside from all those wonderful elements, the package also includes more than one hundred unique UI elements that can be used, styled and combined individually with your existing parts of the app. We are sure that our readers already know this, but just to remind inexperienced developers and designers.
These UI kits still require real code to be written behind them, these kits serve as design elements that can be put together into a real application prototype that will still require programming functions to make them work in the real world. The kit is partially offered as a freebie, with the option to purchase the full package if you find it desirable for your app.
Routes UI Kit is built for iOS developers only. Android devs have more in the list, keep going down. Routes Kit is divided in seven different categories:
signup and login forms
walkthrough forms for making the on-boarding process more flexible.
All elements are based on vector design, and will scale infinitely. The whole package consists of more than one hundred unique high-quality screens divided in those seven categories. The color scheme is minimal and modern, with the emphasis put towards brands that want to sell online, or perhaps promote things like hotel rooms where review collection would be essential — Routes Kit includes design screens specifically for collecting user reviews.
Instant Messaging apps are growing in popularity. Popular choices like Slack, WhatsApp, Skype, and others are all built around application functionality, and more often than not it comes down to the design to explain functionality to the users. It’s much like what Steve Jobs once said — the design isn’t how it looks, it is how it works!
Matt Thompson has spent a fair amount of time analyzing IM apps, because his free Chat Dashboard PSD is an amazing preview of what modern Instant Messengers could really look like, if everyone spared the time to invest in better design choices. You can easily transform this design into your mobile app prototype and then build on top of it, although it just a dashboard, Matt would be more than happy to help you out in porting this into a full-on chatting application.
Want to take your mobile apps to the next level design wise? One such technique or methods is by tapping into the potential of Material Design, much like Cerberus anti theft, CloudMagic Email & Calendar, and Evernote are all doing already all brands and businesses who employ Google Material Design within their Android applications. Some of the best reviews for these apps, and the countless others using Material Design, are directly aimed at the User Interface usability.
It doesn’t surprise us when we see Epic Pxls sharing this amazing freebie with the design community, Material Design continues to evolve and we need more resources to let people know how amazing this design standard can be, and how it helps to make the design process easier. Includes all the default screens that you would need to get an application prototype started.
Ritesh Malviya is on a mission to deliver a free UI kit for Dribbble users who wish to focus their apps on eCommerce. We at Colorlib already know the importance of eCommerce, which is why we have published some amazing posts in the past — eCommerce WordPress themes, eCommerce HTML5 templates, and free PSD eCommerce templates to help designers, developers and webmasters save more time in design departement, and make room for community building instead.
This screen kit uses the dark pink color scheme to appeal to eCommerce apps that want to help users sell fashion and designer items. Also, separate filters screen will allow you to narrow down the searches for items with the selection of male/female products, use brand tags to find brand specific items, search through categories, select a product color, and even select a price range to help narrow down items for your budget.
Adrian Chiran consistently shares his work for free with other designers, this time around he is sharing Pheonix UI — a mobile UI kit for iOS that consists of twelve individual screens. First screen is for community sharing, similar to Instagram; users can share their photos, tag their locations and leave a comment. Then there is the user profile screen, where users can explore their inbox and change their profile settings
There’s a separate screen for message inbox, a sign in screen, a screen for fitness applications that can track multiple user profiles at once and compare their performance, a calendar for businesses where team members can tag themselves in the events, on the visual content screens, people can tag themselves as having been to the particular location themselves. The screens come in two different style/color choices. Minimal dark, and minimal light.
Elegance Kit is an iOS UI Kit with 12 industry-quality PSD screens that are focused around eCommerce; specifically shopping for individual items in the clothing and fashion departments. If you are a part of a project where there is a need for an app of this kind to be built, save yourself a little bit of time and use Elegance to achieve all the necessary tasks for creating a fully functional prototype.
This kit really lacks no screens that you would otherwise need in order to make a working prototype presentation for your next business meeting. If all goes well, you can just build on top of Elegance, since you’re in charge of all the PSD files anyway. A great starting point for designers who want to try and get into the eCommerce app design marketing — it’s growing fast these days.
Livejournal is one of the oldest running social networking platforms popular in both America and Russia. Additionally, it helps anyone to create their own online diary, blog, or journal where they can share their thoughts, and receive feedback as you would in any other traditional blogging platform.
What does it take to build a platform of this scale that serves millions of users every day, with a standing record of 16 years.. design wasn’t Livejournal’s strongest point until recently, when modern design really started stepping on many of the popular internet platform toes, and make them do changes that would follow new design standards.
The iOS Livejournal Redesign Concept is a mobile UI kit that tries to depict (and does it successfully) the Livejournal design, and give all designers access to its many interesting approaches in app design, and also to give ideas on how to incorporate those design aspects in your own apps that might be related to journalism or blogging. The author of the Kit, Alexander Livanov, shares too good of a freebie for anyone to pass.
Android is definitely lacking love as far as free kits go, but perhaps that is only because Android allows for a less rigorous design process. The iPhone 6 UI Kit from Adrian Chiran is a nice execution of elements that complement the iPhone 6 UI natively. The screens are built around a prototype of an Instagram-like application where users can create social profiles, then share visual content and receive responses for it.
We discussed a similar design kit a little earlier in the post, so here’s another one in case you feel that you would like to work with a different color scheme and element combination. We think both are great contenders to be built into production apps for social media purposes.
Materia’s an mobile UI kit built on top of material design that’s suitable for Android app developers and app designers. The kit focuses solely on eCommerce design aspects and provides a fully functional design for building an eCommerce store app prototype that you can then optimize with real code functions and use in a real-world application.
The design is rather well-built, and will suit store apps that want to focus on selling large quantities of products within the fashion industry; clothes, shoes, and design accessories.
Invoices are the one feature that falls behind the curtain, and only appears when you’re either building a strict invoicing app on its own, or when you are offering to do invoicing tasks within an application that functions as a platform.
The invoicing application concept here from Monika Majkowska focuses on building an invoicing app, but this design could very well work in a situation where you wish to incorporate such a design concept into an already existing app that requires to conclude tasks related to invoices.
The design is built on top of a dark color scheme, and has the design elements to display individual invoices for users, buttons to delete and print invoices, and also a statistics report for how the invoices are bringing in revenue.
Apple Watch might not have proved itself to be as revolutionary as many thought it would be, fortunately for consumers, much cheaper alternatives are on the offer, but Apple Watch has certainly built a community of supporters around it that understand the quality that Apple devices tend to offer.
If you wish to broaden your horizon of markets that you build and design for, here is a nice kit for Apple Watch development, consisting of more than forty unique Apple Watch designs that can all be stitched together to create a one of a kind app experience.
The goal of the project is to inspire developers/designers individually to create combinations of apps and explore the possibilities of this kit, share your ideas with the creators and let them know what you would like to see in the next version.
Kristijan Binski first built a page design that uses the same color and design scheme as seen in this Flat UI Kit. Thanks to the demand of other designers in the community, he decided to get a fully working iOS concept kit ready for others to use. The end result is quite nice. With plenty of screens that you can easily prototype in a production ready application for food related projects. Indeed, the app design is focused around food. However, if you wish you can edit the PSDs and the overall design to turn this food-oriented app into a social network, since a social network uses many similar functionalities; putting the users at the front row.
Facebook designers and engineers work day and night to help create a browsing experience that will keep users interested, attracted, and engaged in daily Facebook activities. Perfecting a design is not a task for the light-hearted. Over the years Facebook has slowly graduated to a more concise design that seems to do the job really well. Ruban Khalid builds on top of Facebook’s existing design. He uses material design to provide the same design experience through the standard of material design. This concept is for Android devices.
The one thing that people recognize about Android is its design, it is universal to all smartphones and tablets that use the Android mobile operating system, and while many choose to extend their designs using third-party styling tools, hundreds of millions of mobile users are happy with the default design, so are we.
Donart Selimi is a happy Android user himself, but his creative design drive has pushed him to create a new design concept where the Android system is amplified through material design, perhaps a move that Google itself will consider in the future, when it feels that the timing is right. Use these PSDs to develop Android friendly apps with material design behind them.
Instagram is Facebook owned, so it comes as no surprise that Instagram also depends heavily on its design functions, with so many millions of users, such applications need to think ten times over when adding a new feature, because it could literally cause chaos over the platform.
Zach Buechler is a material design pioneer. He’s constantly working on projects involving material design. One of his latest work is an Instagram User Interface concept using material design as the base of the design.
We think that the end result is pleasing to the eye, and we could definitely see such a version having success if rolled out in production at Instagram, unlikely to happen, but one can hope. Finally, use this concept UI kit to create your own Instagram-like apps.
Many, almost all, of the mobile UI kit freebies here are packaged full versions of applications that offer each element of the screen individually, but work best together when viewed as a complete application. It’s a great approach, and allows for a lot of flexibility. However, sometimes there’s the need only for individual screen elements, such as the log-in and sign-up forms.
Provided by the team at Freecreative, the Login UI Kit for iOS is a collection of login / signup screens that you can apply to your existing mobile app prototype. They utilize a dark color scheme, but this can be quickly changed thanks to the full access to PSD files. Features social login elements too.
Wish to create an iPhone music app, but feeling the difficulty in designing such an app? Well, Mạnh Nguyễn Tiến took his time to publish a free UI kit for creating a Music App for iOS users. The design is very precise. It integrates really well with the latest iOS design module. It gives you a kit that will feel native to the iPhone.
Beeline is a concept app for communication needs. It allows users to create an account on a platform that enables you to call to anywhere in the world using your account’s balance which you can fill up with real dollars.
It’s a nice concept for an app, but it’s nicer when you look at the PSDs and realize that you have full control over all the elements and their apperances. If not for personal use in a project, at least explore the concise design patterns in this prototype. Transfer some of the elements to your existing prototype. Will for sure add that extra touch that you seek.
Here’s more specific feature UI kit elements. This one is for checkout procedures. So, if you are running an eCommerce app but don’t like your current checkout design, give this one a try. It’s an iOS7 based design that lets users specify a unique payment method, and then complete the purchase. At the top of the page, they can preview the product that they are buying. A simple design that will invoke a more streamlined checkout process.
Are you running a blog or a magazine, and wish to start a mobile application for it? This can sometimes be very easy. Platforms like WordPress have themes available that automatically process the theme for mobile optimization. Also, there’re plugins available including platforms that let you transform your blog into a mobile application. This can be published into the App Store. What’s better though?
A unique design that’s aimed at the purpose of making content reading easy, enjoyable and rewarding. We can only recommend the Ventas UI Kit for creating a mobile app that’s best used for bloggers that wish to share their experiences through mobile devices.
Finally, the six screens that come in the package are a perfect set of design elements to begin prototyping your own mobile blog. It emphasizes readability and usability of the app.
InVisionApp pushes the boundaries of collaborative design work. It managed to grow from a small company into a design powerhouse upon which thousands of businesses rely every day. Additionally, many of which are leading companies within their industries. There’s no need to reinvent the wheel when it comes to design collaboration tools. InVisionApp achieves the tasks of helping designers work together in modern and efficient manner.
Giveaways and Freebies
As do all professional design platforms and companies online, one of the best ways to give back to the community that sustains your businesses is to give away stuff, for free. InVisionApp chooses to approach this in many ways, but one of their most successful freebies to date has been the Free Chat UI Kit for Photoshop & Sketch. This isn’t just any other UI kit. This is a fully function instant messaging application using modern design, and modern design features.
If you’ve been planning to build a chatting application, you won’t find a better starting kit than this one, this is the real deal, with more than sixty templates, twelve categories of elements, and more than eighty actual elements to work with. From start to finish, this UI kit delivers a remarkable experience.
If only all of the planet had access to unlimited internet, unfortunately it’s not so. Many internet users around the world have to worry about their bandwidth limits. Without help monitor those limits, things can quickly turn ugly when we begin to go over our limits. We experience insane surcharges for our bandwidth usage.
Many bandwidth apps exist already. You can still benefit from this bandwidth monitoring app UI to create a separate app. Also, integrate within an existing platform that helps users monitor their internet activities.
This amazing free PSD is meant to help you keep a close eye on the amount of network bandwidth used. It may be over the current day, week, month, or even year. Watch the current bandwidth in & out of your network devices with Bandwidth Monitor.
A portable Mobile application tool that shows real-time view of downloaded and uploaded data in flat UI design style. Additionally, this PSD Freebie comes in 3 different style variations for you to choose from according to your needs. Feel free to use it in your upcoming personal & commercial Mobile application UI project.
Here’s a massive UI kit for building your own community website. Also, it’s built with the help of 960 Grid library, this kit features over forty unique widgets. More than one hundred UI elements that are organized in precise fashion. Also, with this kit you can build a content website that has in-built community aspects to it. You can build an eCommerce store that also emphasizes the community aspect. The elements and widgets can be combined in unlimited varieties. Finally, it allows you to do rapid prototyping for your next big project.
It’s truly astonishing how far designers will go with their freebie offers. This one is particularly rich in components and icons that will help to prototype variety of app ideas. Businesses, corporate agencies, eCommerce stores, magazine sites, and personal websites can all benefit of more than two hundred components that let you build any kind of app idea imaginable. Includes both dark & bright versions for all components.
Indulge in Azure. A content + eCommerce oriented UI kit that’ll work great for creating content and online store apps for both web and mobile devices. The PSD components allow full flexibility for what you wish to create in your apps. It all comes down to the way you wish your app to look design wise. Also, it will greatly enhance the process of prototyping a production-ready mobile or desktop application.
Sweet Dark UI is a collection of interesting and versatile UI shapes. Additioally, you can use it to complement your existing prototypes. Save yourself a little bit of time and patience. Grab these unique shapes and throw them on top of your existing designs. Buttons, swipers, menu items, navigation tools are all ready to be edited and used in live designs.
Trend UI Kit is retina-ready, pixel perfect with organized layers mobile UI element kit. Also, it will enable rapid development of pixel perfect designs. All of which come from the choice of twenty-three unique iOS screens. Content screens, user screens, all the usual you would expect from a kit that wants to help designers ease the process of getting their app ready for publishing in the app store.
Sales App UI Kit combines social aspects with eCommerce aspects to bring together a socially oriented eCommerce application prototype that you have at your full disposal. Also, create exciting store apps with modern design features, all at no cost. Guaranteed to impress your customers, both new and existing.
What an intensely exciting collection of the best free mobile UI kits that one can find today. We spent some quality time investigating the available market for these kits. Also, we decided to settle on the choices that we listed. Although we would usually mention some premium kits too, this time we felt that the collection is big enough in itself. Additionally, providing enough choices and possibilities that will keep designers like you busy for weeks ahead. Allowing you to prototype your ideas into reality. Play around with concepts that could be turned into financially viable ideas.
How did we do? Was there something in this list that you found particularly intriguing? We would love to hear about it below.
Contact People is a mobile application that provides a solution for business caller identification and easy exchange of digital business cards which are transferrable and give more access to business real-time information, events and news updates through mobile business feed.