The Importance of a nice GUI

The first GUI of the "Wiener Würstel-Kompass"

It’s now more than a year I have published my app “Wiener Würstel-Kompass”. I developed the app under time pressure because I wanted to submit it to the “A1 Challenge for Apps 2010”. As a result the first GUI was very ugly.

After some months I found the time to redesign the GUI. I tried to pimp it a bit. Unfortunately I’m not an artist. All I can do is programmers art ;-). I’m sure there is still a lot of room for improvement but in my opinion it looks much better than the old GUI.




Wiener Würstel-Kompass Screenshot

The redesigned GUI.

And luckily I’m not the only one with that opinion. Look at the diagram below. It shows the number of active installs over time. Guess when I published the app with the new GUI!

Right! (or maybe not… I don’t know what you have guessed). It was published in the end of May.

Before the app was released with the new GUI, the active installs stagnated. After the release the number of active installs increased noticeable.

My conclusion: the GUI design is a very importand part of an app. It should definitely not be undervalued.


Active installs over time