Since 2015 I’ve been working on the Telerik Platform. It is a developer-focused platform that provides all building pieces needed to create a mobile application. I worked on various parts of the platform, one of which was ScreenBuilder.

The problem

In mid-2010s creating a mobile app was still not an easy task. All major mobile platforms had their development experiences and tools. Mobile app developers needed to learn new programming languages and adopt new toolsets to be able to create a cross-platform mobile app.

Telerik Platform provided a set of development tools that simplified mobile app developments – like an online IDE to code, build the apps for iOS and Android platform, deploy the apps to devices via App Stores, had mobile analytics and testing etc.

But still developers completely new to mobile development had hard time to get started with the new platform.

The solution

ScreenBuilder was a visual tool that allowed developers to quickly create the basic structure of an app – add a few screens, connect to existing data sources, configure each screen with prebuilt components (forms, lists, maps etc). Then they could generate a real app from that and continue customizing it, using the other tools of the Telerik Platform.

My role

I created the wireframes for all functionalities of the product. I had to ensure that the product built-in elements – app screens, widgets etc – both followed mobile design best practices and were easily understood and customized by developers.

The outcome

For nearly 2 years ScreenBuilder became an integral part of Telerik Platform experience. It helped decrease drop-rates for first-time users of Telerik Platform and increase the retention rates for users that came back to the platform continuously. Using ScreenBuilder, developers built several thousand apps.