How Much Does it Cost to Design an App?

How Much Does it Cost to Design an App?

Before designing any application, one of the essential questions that appear in anyone’s mind is, How much does it cost to design a mobile app? Right?

Ideally, the cost of designing an app depends on various factors. Here, we have explained the factors in detail along with the estimated time required to complete them.

By following our blog thoroughly, you will be able to calculate the cost of designing your mobile app on your own.

Without wasting much time, let’s dive deep into the factors:

Factors that Affects on the App Design Cost

Here is the step by step process which explains how app design cost is calculated. Let’s get started:

1. Requirement Gathering

Initially, the app design team schedules a meeting with the client and then lists out all the requirements of the app. This includes features, functionalities, target audience, and end-goals of the application.

2. Requirement Analysis & Feasibility

Now, in this stage, the design team analyzes all the things that have been gathered earlier. This includes all the features and functionalities of the app.

Also, the team sorts out features, functionalities, and the total number of screens based on the requirements of the target audience and overall purpose of the application.

Then, it conducts a feasibility test, where it evaluates which features can be integrated into a mobile application.

For requirement analysis task in app design cost, many companies charge; however, we are providing this service free of cost.

3. Creating Wireframes

A wireframe is known as the simplified placement of elements of the application. It offers an excellent overview of the structure, architecture, layout, functionality, structure of pages, and user behaviors.

Here, the designers create the wireframe considering their research to fulfill the requirements of the target audience.

Have a look at the wireframe of Quick Invoice Maker, which is recently created by Guru Technolabs team.

Creating Wireframes

Wireframes help the clients to understand the overall layout of their mobile application.

By creating a wireframe of the mobile application, any changes can be modified in the early stage.

The estimated time required to create a wireframe based on the complexity of apps is given below:

Simple Apps Medium Apps Complex Apps
10-20 hrs* 20-50 hrs* 80-100 hrs*

4. Creating Prototype

The next important step is prototyping or the user experience design. It represents the final version of how your app will look. As compared to wireframe, prototypes are detailed because the entire UI development is dependent on them.

In this stage, the design team converts the wireframe into the prototype. Also, the team carries out some iterations of the prototype for usability testing and validating an idea.

Moreover, improving the app prototype is really important to build an extensive prototype.You may have a question, why is it essential to create a detailed prototype? Because it reduces your cost in the long run.

By building a clickable app prototype that presents the entire user flow, the development team has all the things to start integrating features into the application. By this, the development team can rapidly begin working on building the app.

The estimated time required to create a prototype based on the complexity of apps is given below:

Simple Apps Medium Apps Complex Apps
10-20 hrs* 20-30 hrs* 40-60 hrs*

5. Design an App

App designing is highly useful to present your idea to the users and solve their real-life problems. It is also referred to as the user interface design.

From the app’s design, a user can clearly understand the flow of the application from one screen to the next.

Here, an app designer team creates an app design that looks appealing and feature-rich. For this, they decide a lot of things like color schemes, branding, fonts, different shades, layers, etc.

In a nutshell, designers build an appearance of the application from start to finish. One of the most important things that designers have to do is the effective placement of text in the application.

The estimated time required to make a design based on the complexity of app is given below:

Simple Apps Medium Apps Complex Apps
30-50 hrs* 40-80 hrs* 100-180 hrs*

How to Calculate App Design Cost for Your App?

After knowing how the app design process affects the cost of the application, let’s talk about the most important thing, i.e. mobile app design price.

Please note that the app design cost depends solely on the complexity of the app, geography, and the UI/UX designer’s experience.

We have already mentioned the hours required to develop wireframe, prototype, and the visual design of a simple, medium, and complex app.

Now, here we are going to discuss how geography affects the cost of the application. The cost of a UI/UX designer varies heavily as per the country.

The app design hourly cost of the UI/UI designer in different countries in US Dollars is given below.

How much does it cost to design a mobile app?

Here, we suggest you select a country according to the best quality-to-price ratio.

From the above price list, we can say that mobile app design cost in India is much less as compared to other regions. Moreover, the quality of apps designed in India is excellent.

Now, to calculate the estimated cost of mobile app design, you can consider the formula given below:

Total Number of Hrs * Designers Cost (As per region) = Total App Design Cost

From the hourly app design cost of designers in different countries, we can say that the average cost of designing a mobile app can range anywhere between $1,500 – $40,000.

For instance, if the total time required to design a mobile app is 100 hrs and the cost of a designer is $20, then 100×20 = $2000 is the cost of mobile application design.

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By now, we hope that you have found the estimated cost of designing your mobile application.

The next important step that you can take is to hire a professional mobile app design agency like us. We have years of experience in designing mobile apps for clients across the globe belonging to different fields.

You are welcome to share your requirements with us and we will design your application at the best possible price.

Ravi Makhija
Ravi Makhija

An entrepreneur, an IT professional. Tech geek. Founder & CEO at Guru Technolabs - Globally Trusted Web & Mobile App Development Company. Loves writing about new technologies and the latest trends in IT field.

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