Some key elements: simple, flat, clean, allowing the content (the users’ messages) to be the dominant element. It’s important that the app feel inviting, open, personal, and fun.
Want to keep our own suggestions very open-ended, but a few design points that we think are important:
- Message content should be allowed to take the full width of the screen.
- Wherever it makes sense, design should follow iOS 7 conventions
- We will eventually want to adapt many app design elements to accommodate web, mobile web, iPad, etc. experiences as well.
- We favor light theme with dark details, but could be convinced otherwise if you have a strong point of view. :)
Here are a few designs that inspire us:
Attached is a screenshot of our current app in progress, and some possible wireframes for additional functionality. By no means does it need to follow this direction - though it could - but it's meant more to illustrate some aspects of the functionality we have in mind.