It doesn’t all have to look the identical.
I’m positive I’m not the one particular person mildly annoyed by apps the place it’s immediately apparent that the Android app seems an identical to the iOS one at the price of platform match on each platforms¹. That matter has been mentioned to demise, and I’m not going to go there, however David Smith’s submit on a watchOS design conundrum this week made me think about one thing extra refined.
You must learn the entire submit, however the gist is that he ended up tweaking the positioning and spacing of how a UI ingredient appeared for each completely different watch dimension. It’s a stupendous demonstration of meticulous consideration to element. In isolation, every little thing seems to be in simply the appropriate place in each screenshot, and due to that, an untrained eye could not even see variations. In actuality, there are moderately important particulars that change on every gadget.
You most likely gained’t should go to this stage of customisation fairly often, however It’s price remembering that consistency is simply necessary for issues the similar particular person will see recurrently. With David’s watch designs, each particular person (other than David) is simply ever going to see one model of that rounded rectangle and can by no means know that different variations exist, and that’s price taking into consideration subsequent time you’re attempting to make an app format work throughout a spread of gadget sizes.
¹ There are loads of excellent causes to make a cross-platform app, and it’s the right selection in lots of circumstances. I additionally perceive that cross-platform design is commonly a consequence of that call. However I do discover it.