Mobile App Interface Designs with Textures That Make Designer Souls Pulsate

A flat design is certainly good: it’s stylish, modern and visual-friendly for mobile devices. However, the flatness is just a substruction of a concept, and we need something more concrete to add it and get a result. There are not so many ways to make a mobile app look absolutely all-sufficient. One of them is adding textures to interface elements: in most cases designers put them on backgrounds, so it become more noticeable and outline the foreground elements.

The texture is a nice method to deepen the visual unity of the app. In skillful hands the app can be transformed in something more alive and accomplished. Moreover, textures are able to improve the interface with an effect of skeuomorphism. Nevertheless, if one experiences a lack of professional taste, there is a great possibility to spoil the harmony of the app composition. So, in order to help you to improve the feeling of design relevance and just to inspire you I offer a collection of the most beautiful mobile app interfaces designs with textures.

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Alaska iPhone App

The background of this app follows the concept of maps. The implementation is rather elegant and clean.

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Acqua Panna_Nestlé Waters

This application uses the skeuomorphic methods on its admissible maximum. Leather, paper textures are united in a notebook.

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Ftou Ftou Ftou

This Greek application demonstrates a wonderful background imitating a brown wood.

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Restaurant App by Dima Borisov

Dima Borisov, a designer from Ukraine, created a remarkable detail-packed interface. The app is aimed for restaurant services and includes heavy elements of skeuomorphism design.

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They Might Be Giants

Just big “wow” to this design. The cassette, as a central element of UI, looks totally great imitating the handmade fetish one.

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The flat design of Foodivide is nattily improved with textures on the background. Everything goes just as I mentioned at the beginning of the article.

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You can see a wood background again. However, this one is uncommonly grey, which creates a quite artistic image to the whole app concept.

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Geocaching App

Continuing the wooden texture series, I can present interesting Geocaching App. This time the background material is dark.

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Drinks App UI Design

The minimalist idea is combined with wood and leather textures. It looks attractive and exactly match the concept of the elegant drinking app.

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Caution application offers very clean design with the least of light textures. It’s a great example of design harmony every pro should feel instinctively.

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Order Food App

At last we can enjoy paper textures. Mmm… Don’t you feel that wonderful book smell?

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Photo Frame App

If you want to know how to combine minimalism with flamboyance, check this app UI design attentively.

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I believe you will find the list helpful for your work and get a positive experience that will be transformed into your future projects without delay. If you have some remarks regarding the presented designs, please leave your comments below.

About the author:

Art Rivera: Deeply interested in everything connected with Internet, I sincerely suppose the web is the only future reality for the humanity through its inevitable involving into every part of human life. I’m not a great fan of cyberpunk concept, but the world is keeping that certain direction of total connectedness. And of course there should be someone, who can write the history, who would describe and analyze and enter in the record all notable changes and tendencies on the web. Hello, it’s me.

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  • keyofnight
    September 20, 2013

    Wait a second, though: with iOS7 and Windows Phone, skeumorphic design (or design that imitates real objects) is going out the window. As a result, most of these designs look outdated. 🙁

    • ArtRivera
      September 23, 2013

      I wouldn’t say so, because iOS and Windows Phone are not the only trendsetters. Anyway, will see, we are not prophets yet to know the future. =)

      • keyofnight
        September 26, 2013

        True. We’ll see! 😀

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