If you’re planning or developing an iPad or iPhone application then you need to check out the iOS Reference Library. The Human Interface Guidelines clearly detail principles that will help you to design the best possible user experience for your iOS app. There are plenty of posts and articles providing different takes on what are perceived to be best practices but this is certainly the best place to start. Once you’re up to speed we’d certainly suggest using one of the sets of stencils and toolkits that keep on popping up.

One of the most recent, Zurb’s stencils and sketch sheets for OmniGraffle (Mac), has quickly become a firm favourite of ours. You can download Zurb’s excellent stencils for the:

The sketch sheets allow you to print off a few copies of your chosen variation and get doodling straight away. The stencils include outlines, popovers, buttons, toolbars, navigation controls, dock icons, keyboards, alerts and much much more.

Within minutes of downloading them and firing up OmniGraffle you’ll have everything you need to start visualising and presenting your ideas. Meaning you can dive straight in and focus on churning out the ideas till you develop a design that meets your needs.

So save yourself some time and hassle and get over to Zurb’s playground and download the stencils for both devices today!

François Roshdy

François is director of user experience at Border Crossing UX. He specialises in helping clients continuously improve the experiences they deliver.