When I stepped into the world of user experience design, smartphone did not exist. There was only one device and that was a desktop. It was used to create user interfaces and experiences for users who’d also experience the designed interfaces on a desktop. The dynamics have changed significantly since the inception of the smartphones.
Now, we have touch screens so everything from navigation to design elements has to be designed to fit on these small touch screens. Even in the early days of smartphones, there is only one-way input method, tap but today we now have swipe, pinch, zoom, double tap and even voice. UX designers have to design experience with all that in mind these days.
To ensure that they create user experiences that can take full advantage of latest technology, UX designers should have to stay abreast with the latest trends and developments in the industry. Web design Dubai focuses on that aspect and create websites according to the latest trends.
Here are five UX trends that will transform the design industry.
1. Voice-Based User Experiences
With the growing popularity of smart speakers, voice assistants and chatbots, we are moving towards voice-based user experiences. Conversational UX will revolutionize the way users interact with their devices. With the developments in natural language processing, we might see voice-based UX become a reality sooner rather than anticipated.
In order to create exceptional voice user experiences, start by introducing yourself and ask specific questions to get specific answers. Acknowledge valid answers before moving on to the next questions. Write a microcopy that can represent your brand and does not look like it is coming from a robot.
2. VR-Ready User Experience
With the internet of things going mainstream, internet connectivity is not limited to desktop, laptops, tablets, smartphones and wearable devices. Now, objects can also connect to the internet. Virtual Reality headsets like Oculus Rift have kickstarted a VR revolution that has trickled down to UX design now. The focus will completely shift to designing three-dimensional, immersive user experiences, which means that designers will adopt the new rules and patterns for successful implementation. Do not be surprised to see VR-ready websites and apps in coming months.
3. Integrated Experiences
With so many devices out there, you have either to create separate interfaces for each or create one unified and integrated user experience for every device. The later seems more convenient and feasible. Mobile apps are already incorporating contextual experiences. Data and services will be tightly knitted than ever before. Device to device communication will become even more important as all experiences unify. Whether you are at work, in your home or in your car, a unified experience will help you pick up from where you have left off.
4. The rise of Focused Design Tools
A few years ago, designers use tools like Photoshop and Illustrator to create wireframes, flows, and mockups. Today, we have specific design tools for everything from wireframing to designing. The best example, in this case, is Sketch, a tool dedicated for designing interface that has grown in popularity lately.
With powerful features and plug-in support, it is leading the way. Seeing the growing popularity of Sketch, Adobe has also jumped in with its XD that separates itself from the sketch with prototyping components and support for the Windows operating system, both of which Sketch lacks. Another emerging design tool that is showing immense promise is Figma. Other tools like Craft, Subform, Origami Studio and Framer have made it easier for designers to design with code.
5. Library of Designs
Airbnb took a novel approach to design by identifying issues in their products and print out the designs. All these designs are arranged side by side. This makes it extremely easy to identify where the flow of user experience breaks. It also created a pattern library that contains all the design elements required to create beautiful user experiences. Everything from annotations to pattern descriptions to contextual information is present in those pattern libraries.
Moreover, users can enter real data into pattern structures by displaying code and pattern variations. Google and SalesForce are also betting big on improving their design systems. Although, it might not be easy for a small to mid-size business to change their design system but the effort is well worth as it translates into benefits. A library of design elements can come in handy as it helps designers to create designs quickly with minimal efforts. Additionally, they can put more energies towards solving complex problems or the actual user experience instead of worrying about the minute details.
Which UX trend will make the biggest splash this year in your opinion? Feel free to share it with us in the comments section below