By: Roland Heusser On: April 22, 2016 In: Blog, News Comments: 3

One of the latest projects of the MASL aimed to renovate the Laker Mobile iOS app, by following the most recent standards of the mobile application development industry. The original Laker Mobile app was released back in 2010 with some updates until 2014. This first version of the app relied mostly on default user interface components provided by the operating system, and it was developed fully in Objective-C.

Since the introduction of Swift 1.0 by Apple in 2014 the language gained wide acceptance. With this project Laker Mobile follows this trend by making Swift its main language. The app has been entirely rewritten from ground up and besides the exception of a few frameworks that are still in Objective-C it only uses Swift 2.x.

Additional to this, Laker Mobile features a complete redesign of the user interface and user experience in order to be more appealing to its target audience. As a result the application should have an increased usability and retention of users than the previous version

Laker Mobile - Blog 3 Screenshots

The process

We started the project with Agile in mind and created a backlog of user stories for the new Laker Mobile. In a next step we defined the desired feature-set for Laker Mobile 2.0 and we scheduled the stories accordingly. After every iteration we reviewed the prototype, the plan and the tasks and made adjustments to the schedule if necessary. A useful tool we used was TestFlight in order to distribute builds to our test users and gather their feedback.


Mobile applications have evolved over the past few years, and existing app versions often fall below users’ growing expectations. These are some of the key aspects that were considered and researched for UI/UX ideation:

  • User-centered design
  • Flat UI
  • Flat navigation structure
  • Gestures
  • Standarization vs. Customization
  • iOS Human Interface Guidelines

We would like to invite you to download and try out the new version of Laker Mobile from the iTunes App Store. Let us know what you think by adding a comment below or using the feedback function of the app itself.

Image linking to the new released LakerMobile app available in the iTunes AppStore

What about Android?

Laker Mobile is also available for Android and can be downloaded through Google’s Play Store.


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Roland Heusser
Roland is a graduate student in computer science at Grand Valley State University where he works as a graduate student in the Mobile Apps and Services Lab. He is a recipient of an Industry-Sponsored Graduate Fellowship and is interested in all software, machine learning and UI/UX design.
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Camila Penaloza
Camila is a graduate assistant at Grand Valley State University where she works in the Mobile Applications and Services Lab as a software developer. She is a recipient of an Industry-Sponsored Graduate Fellowship and is interested in UI/UX, mobile applications and machine learning.


    • Chris Carr
    • April 23, 2016
    • Reply

    Looks great folks but “hamburger menus” are so 2014 😛

      • Jonathan Engelsma
      • April 25, 2016
      • Reply

      Chris – Ah yes, but gourmet hamburgers with lettuce and tomato (e.g. animations and shrinking sliding views) are always tasty to eat and fun to implement. 😉 Would you like to stop by MASL sometime and give a talk on mobile UX?

    • Marisa
    • May 13, 2016
    • Reply

    The new Laker Mobile App is AWESOME. I’ve been wondering for the longest time if anyone was going to update it and now it looks great. Very impressive, and very useful!!!

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