A products’ success depends on best practices that are taken while formulating the product design, imparting value-added features and stability in performance. Designing world has one such methodology called “Design thinking”, which provides a solution-based approach to solving problems related to designing. Technological advancements in industries have brought more anticipation for high definition, alluring, and mind-boggling user experience.
Progressing towards more innovative advancement while preserving the simple, delightful, and seamless UI design is an impressive approach towards user experience. Furbishing your designs with new technologies like AR (Augmented Reality), VR (Virtual reality), and Device Synchronization among other attributes will make your designs stand out and gain audience attention.
New trends in UI with prevalent technologies are stretching in different industries with its multifaceted niches. New Trends in UI designs with new attributes and technologies will be truly high level.
Breaking-off from Wrong Conventions to Improve UX/UI
There doesn’t exist any specific grade to UI design for a perfect interface, but there are certain mistakes that probably every designer can make while designing. Resolving these inaccuracies can lessen the burden of complexities at higher stages. UI design deals directly with end-users so it can either create a commendable impression or an unworthy one. Embedding the new technologies in current UI designs can generate more value and attract new customers, but before absorbing new practices certain wrong practices need to be removed so that they don’t migrate to the next level and make the end product unwieldy.
- Nonessential Features: In view of making the application or product more diverse and catchy, designers end up accumulating features, which puts users in annoyance. Users easily accept the additional features with upcoming updates rather than clubbing all in the very first release.
- Inconsistent UI Elements: Using UI elements inconsistently isn’t going to create a good impression. While you empower your UI design with new trends it will heavily demand consistency to make it smooth for users. Avoiding inconsistency from scratch will unburden designers from tedious tasks.
- Long Setup Wizards: Setup wizards ought to be short and less time-consuming. Users highly object when they need to go through long set up wizards. Further, adding fair exit buttons in wizards should communicate about the result of exiting the wizard i.e., whether data will be retained, lost, or saved in the draft when they choose to exit.
- Lack of Text Hierarchy: The text should be organized and legible as they contain informational content. Missing text hierarchy, unclear text, etc. may not be engaging with users and they may skip important details. Properly differentiating between headings, sub-heads, clear formatting, etc., will make it more engaging and readable for users.
- Unpleasant Icons: The perception of different designers about icons is different. For some it may be a design element, for others, it may be an important link for connecting to other interfaces. Bad font, colors, inconsistent icon style throughout the app, among others can be unattractive.
- Ensure a clear message of your icon and use a consistent style while designing an icon.
Top 7 Trends in UI Design to Resonate with Growing User Expectation
Users are now aware of the growing technologies and new trends, for designers, they need to be in the frontline to experiment with the latest trends, designs, and ideas, because it’s not only about the aesthetics, but about user experience. Though UI needs to be seamless and with minimalism, the future of UI designs lies in mixing realism.
Last decade has seen growth in AI (Artificial Intelligence), VR (Virtual Reality), AR (Augmented reality), and animation which has faded the line between digital and real world.
- AR & VR: The purpose of adding AR & VR is to enhance the experience of users and bring them close to reality. Mixing AR improves the connectivity between an individual and its surroundings whereas VR creates a 3D view of a virtual world. E.g.,Snapchat provides different face filters which make the user experience better with AR, as it uses real-world parameters (real faces) of users. Samsung Gear VR with Controller is a portal to a new world that enhances customer experience in VR.
- Minimalist Design: The minimalist design proves to be a fundamental precept for getting more user engagement since no individual likes to untie multiple threads for simple solutions. It helps clear the overloads of unnecessary elements from users as well as designers’ points of view.
Minimalism doesn’t necessarily need to be primitive, but should be clear and with useful elements. Strong visuals, correct proportion & composition of element dimensions, spare space among others should be considered while choosing minimalist design.
- Voice UI (VUI): Voice UI has taken “invisible interface” to new heights and devices like Alexa, Siri, and Google Assistant are using only voice as a primary mode of interaction. For VUI a sound technical knowledge of AI, including Speech synthesis, Automatic Speech recognition, etc. is needed. Research needs to be done before augmenting Voice Search as to what customer is more inclined to search over voice.
- Advanced Microinteraction: The approach of “less-is-more” has been emphasized in the digital world in recent years. However, imparting micro-elements with advanced interactions will prove more fascinating to users. Microinteractions like a click, zooming page etc., can be embedded with animations or reshuffling of page layout.
The functionality which shows “typing…” is a Microinteraction which has become an important part of most messaging apps. Another best example that seems pleasant to users is Facebook’s “Like” button which was customized with time. Now it’s more fun for users to use when they long press the button and see various emoticons popping up over the Like button.
- Anthropomorphic Animation: These animations mimic human actions like blinking eyes, moving heads, etc. Users are captivated by the immersive effects of such animations as they are conscious of their own movements like humans do.
- Escapism: Escapism in UI design lets users escape from the regular pattern and experience the sense of living in some different location. Transporting the users’ senses to entirely different places needs good understanding of human engagement with colors, creative elements, size of images, etc.
- Glassmorphism: Glassmorphism refers to the design where the background is blurred and images or elements are highlighted. This makes the UI clean as well as minimalistic. It specifies more on principal objects, locking customer attention.
Brands like Apple have introduced Glassmorphism in its “Big Sur MacOS” updates for Facebook Messenger App and previously in iOS7, which brought this new trend to life.Microsoft have been using this years ago with “Windows Vista OS” and now applied it in new “Fluent Design System”.
New Trends Breathing the Future User Expectation in UI
Great designers always look to the future, break the rules and use creativity to create compelling user experiences, thereby increasing brand awareness and healthy profits. If something is a trend, then it has its logic and development perspective. Design is a visual language that conveys the value of a product. When you master designing, you create value.
Shortly, many of us will increasingly use data and artificial intelligence for design, but human-centered design will continue to be essential. The easy-to-use design will still be important. Empathizing with users will be significant in face of technological advancement.
If you lack technical support, Techment Technology can get you a good UX / UI design team to help you design a better UI. Explore the best advantages of the above trends to create a responsive and personalized UI design that highlights your brand, so that you can get started quickly.