App Development

At the most basic level, an ‘App’ is simply an application – it’s a piece of software that does something – whether that’s for business, education, communication or entertainment. Apps work on mobile phones and tablets and are built specifically for iOS (Apple), Android or Windows platform.

The number of mobile app users is growing with the shift in computing use from desktop to mobile platforms. This growth in the Android market is monitored by AppBrain and it provides an interesting insight into mobile usage and app trends.

Although, it’s worth considering if you need a native app, mobile app or whether Responsive Web Design is a better option. A responsive website responds to the device it is displayed on. For example, when your site is viewed on a desktop, it might display two columns and a sidebar. But if it’s viewed on a tablet or mobile phone, you will see a simplified version with fewer columns and easier navigation. Mobile apps, on the other hand, provide a specific purpose. They’re best for brands that have strong customer loyalty, people expect to access the information on the app enough to actually download it. The app might provide your shop locations, special offers, or allow users to access their account information. Native apps are similar to mobile but are developed specifically for one platform, and can take full advantage of all the device features — the camera, the GPS, the list of contacts etc. and, unlike mobile apps, they can work offline.

We developed a native app for Lakes Alive’s Mintfest, Kendal’s annual international festival of street arts. The Android and iOS apps were built in-house and they allow easy navigation and browsing of all the Mintfest acts. The GPS location means you are able to direct yourself to all the events as well as places to eat, public transport and public toilets. On top of this, you are able to create and manage your own festival itinerary so you won’t miss a thing.

If you’d like to find out more about apps then we’d like to hear from you.
 

What our clients say

Designworks provide me with affordable, great looking websites and, more importantly, they use a user-friendly Content Management System. I have worked with websites for 13 years and have used a number of CMSs. I find WordPress the simplest and most intuitive to use by far.

Justin Grammer, PS Business Matters

It is always a pleasure to deal with the Designworks team…We have always found them to exceed expectations without exceeding our limited budget for branding. Many have commented on their design work!

Iain Scott Bainbridge, Scott Bainbridge Property Sales and Lettings

I have really enjoyed working with Designworks to come up with a new concept and a new approach for my website which had become outdated. They are a very patient as well as extremely creative team!

Laura Rosenzweig, Laura’s Loom

We had a fantastic response to the newsletter that Designworks created. The brief was to produce something a little different from the norm. The finished design increased sales significantly over the same time the previous year.

Jeremy Hall, Peter Hall & Son

Designworks were fast, supremely professional and the end results are just great. I’d always go to them first now, and would recommend them to anyone looking for quality, affordable, effective design. THANK YOU!!

Kate Rawles, Outdoor Philosophy

I have worked with Designworks for many years and have no hesitation in recommending them. Designworks have never let me down – and I actually enjoy the process of working with them.

Jennifer Collard, Monkhouse Hill Holidays

The quick, efficient service, quality creative input and attention to detail make Designworks a pleasure to work with.

Gemma Procter, Cumbria Tourism

We were really impressed by the clean professional brochures that Designworks produced. The fresh look has opened up new market places and generated new business.

John Eatough, Stand & Deliver

Designworks are always our first choice when it comes to designing and printing new publicity materials. They are always very welcoming, creative and efficient, even if we go to them with a last-minute request!

Sarah Rose, Cumbria Woodlands

I have found Designworks a pleasure to work with – patient, creative and dependable. They have overhauled our website – we were really impressed with the effort and skill they put in to devising solutions to some really demanding functionality.

Isobel Stoddart, Electric Bicycle Network

We needed a new look for our brochure so we asked Designworks to assist us in producing it. We are very happy with the end result and consider it an essential part of the hotel’s developing marketing strategy. Thanks for a great working partnership.

Stephen Broughton, Lindeth Howe

Designworks were the third company we’d used over the years for our web site design. We found them fantastically easy to deal with from start to finish and the whole process of building a complete new web site worked seamlessly from start to finish.

Simon Cleasby, Holiday Cottages Cumbria

Designworks made me a beautiful, simple website. Most importantly for me, it is very simple to update, as the WordPress system is easy to use for a non-techy like me. Great team, great product.

Rebecca Willis, Independent Researcher on Environment and Sustainability

I have used Designworks to design and print a leaflet as well as design a company logo for us and I can honestly say their ideas, attention to detail and end product were first class.

Robert Crawford, Different Strokes

We were very happy with our newly designed annual report which had been given a makeover with a fresh and vibrant feel and has received a lot of positive feedback.

Julie Beaman, Lancaster City Council

Designworks have been helpful, quick and efficient from the first day we started using their services. Regardless of the demands we have made of them at times, they have always been professional, extremely creative and all with smiles on their faces.

Eamonn Hennessy, Macbeth Scott

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