How to create a food delivery app design in 2021

Reading time 15 min | Aug 27, 2021
Bystrytska Kateryna
Copywriter
The pandemic has influenced all spheres of life, but surprisingly, some industries have extreme growth because of quarantine and isolation. First, it is the food delivery app development industry, as both restaurants and their customers needed an instrument to continue habitual life.

Market Watch researched that the number of food delivery apps grew twice during the pandemic. Four of the most wanted app's revenues raised by $3 billion in a year. These numbers illustrate the demand for design food delivery apps, as the customers continue to search for food delivery instead of going to the restaurants even after reopening.
We can admit that the essential point in building a food delivery app is its design, as the technical tool of each app is primarily similar. The apps can differ in colors, icons and fonts, structure, and flow, and this difference will be defended for raising the number of customers.

The article will focus on the basic principles of design food delivery apps and the latest trends in the market. Also, we will outline the common challenges, features, and UX/UI design tips for building effective apps. We will help you define and cover the most significant part of app creation - its design - based on our broad expertise and practice.

What is a Food Delivery Application?

The food delivery mobile app is an instrument for ordering food from the nearest restaurants or supermarkets. This software solution is always a part of the local delivery system. Customers want to spend less time cooking, and that is why they use apps for ordering food they like with just a few touches of phones. Food delivery apps have become game-changers in the industry. In some cases, it became cheaper to order a dish delivery than to pick it up. Getting the dish from the favorite place became easy, and the delivery cost is still affordable.

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Our design concept for a food delivery app

How to Develop a Food Delivery App: Steps and Cost

Food delivery app development is a complicated process. At the same time, the fundamental functionality and scheme of building the app are mostly similar. The basic app will allow you to log in, search the dishes, make an order and track the delivery.
Moreover, delivery apps have different target audiences, and it makes them add some features or adapt designs based on the customers' needs. It means that the app for millennials and gen Z can have a different design, as its audience has other priorities in choosing the food. The same is with an app for delivery from local restaurants in a small town and a delivery app for the big city.

We can define the following phases in coding a food delivery app:

  1. Analysis. First, you need to learn from your competitors and focus on the latest trends in the market. You need to understand your auditory, and based on this information, create a development plan. The goal is to build a portrait of the potential customer, as it will most influence the app design.
  2. Business model. You need to find what type of app your auditory needs the most. It can be a tool for placing orders or an app for ordering and delivering the food.
  3. Features. As we mentioned already, all the delivery apps work in a similar scheme. It means that you need to find how to make your app better and different. In this case, you need to understand your customers' needs and pains to design something useful for them.
  4. Tech stack. It would be best to get the list of restaurants, integrate payment, and detect user location. The functionality and pp design will also depend on the technical tools you will use for the coding.
  5. Promotion. Your app will not be the only one in the market. It would be best to focus on finding your target audience and telling a story about your brand and your app's features. Recently we wrote a guide to efficient mobile app marketing strategies in 2021, check it out.
The last point is the app development cost. It will depend on the features, stack, and design you will choose for the app. Approximately you will spend 50+ hours on layout and 180+ hours on backend and frontend coding. Also, it would help if you planned a time for the discovery phase and launching the app (monitoring and fixing errors). At the same time, one of the essential things in food delivery app development is creating UX/UI design that will distinguish your app in the market.
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Our design concept for a food delivery app

Food Delivery App Development and Design:
Features and Best Practices

As we mentioned already, most food delivery apps have the same functionality and basic screens. They can differ by specific features and design. Next, we will discuss the typical food delivery mobile app design features of the main app screens in 2021. There are fundamental trends in app design, such as simplicity, ease of navigation, readable fonts, colors, visual than text, and functional minimalism. Next, we will point out the trends in UX design of basic delivery app pages.
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Our wireframes work for the evening place admin panel

How to Make a Food Delivery Application: Standard Pages

Next, we will briefly overview the basic screens you need to pay attention to and focus on in-app design:The latest fintech app trends are:

  • Login page. The first thing a user will see after downloading the app will be a login page. In most cases, designers use it to make it minimalistic. Do not forget to add social media login buttons.

  • Order page. This is the main page with the dishes the user will see while searching for the restaurant. Use high-quality photos, and make it easy to navigate.

  • Restaurant page. This is the basic page with a menu from the restaurants. Most of them will provide you with photos of the dishes, but some cases will also be when you do not have illustrations. The cost of every dish must be readable, clear, and easy to find.

  • Payment. This page must be easy to use and allow the integration of different payment systems. The design of this page will determine if the users will finish ordering the dishes.

  • Order tracking. This option became necessary for food delivery apps. It must include the approximate time for delivery and the driver's route. The user needs to know in what delivery phase the order is.
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Part of our restaurant delivery project
When you design a food delivery app, you need to imagine the flow of the user journey from the login page to payment and tracking. It can help if you create the app's map and then build the sketch based on this map.
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Food Delivery App UI and UX Design Tips

As the food delivery market has changed in the last few years, there are also some essential tips and tricks you need to follow for UI and UX apps.
1. Analysis. First, you need to learn from your competitors and focus on the latest trends in the market. You need to understand your auditory, and based on this information, create a development plan. The goal is to build a portrait of the potential customer, as it will most influence the app design.

2. Business model. You need to find what type of app your auditory needs the most. It can be a tool for placing orders or an app for ordering and delivering the food.

3. Features. As we mentioned already, all the delivery apps work in a similar scheme. It means that you need to find how to make your app better and different. In this case, you need to understand your customers' needs and pains to design something useful for them.

4. Tech stack. It would be best to get the list of restaurants, integrate payment, and detect user location. The functionality and pp design will also depend on the technical tools you will use for the coding.

5. Promotion. Your app will not be the only one in the market. It would be best to focus on finding your target audience and telling a story about your brand and your app's features.
How to make a food delivery application
Our design of restaurant menu

Conclusion

In this article, we outline the primary trend in creating food delivery apps. As we pointed out, most apps have the same functionality, and the main difference is their UX/UI design. That is why we need to focus on the app design trends to make an efficient application. The 2021 trends are mostly minimalism, choosing "food" colors, and easy navigation flow. Also, we introduced the best UI designs for inspiration and new ideas.

Starbase has broad experience in app design and inspired cases in food delivery applications. If you need a consultation on choosing the right design for your app or looking for a team to design your app, you can contact our specialist
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