iOS Messaging App

Module: UI / Product Design | Level: Hard | Estimated Time: 3-4 days Skills: iOS, Visual Design, Layout, Iconography


What would make you use a messaging app your friends didn’t already have? The app would need a strategic hook to engage users beyond basic conversation. Without the draw of an established social network, a pretty interface just wouldn’t be enough to build momentum.

In this brief, you’ll design a messaging UI that stands out in a crowd. How might you create an intuitive interface that offers something users haven’t seen before?

Consider ways to provide value to your audience (e.g., professionals, millennials). Perhaps your app makes it easy to schedule meetings and events, send money, or share locations. Or, maybe it offers creative themes, clickable hashtags, and selfie sharing. If you’re stuck, try browsing third-party extensions in the app store, like Giphy (massive GIF library) and Minuum (smart keyboard).

Lastly, don’t forget to include standard chat features users know and expect, like multimedia uploads and the ability to search past messages.


Present a working prototype of an iOS messaging app UI. You can create your own app or redesign an existing one (e.g., Slack, WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger).

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