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Future designs: ui/ux design trends of 2019 and beyond

Every year new trends emerge, either transforming the existing ones or as something wholly new. Either way, trends never fail to show up. We keep a close eye on these emerging trends to know how it is shaping the world. 

Just a decade ago, if you had to ask a designer what ticks with the end users, the answer would have mostly likely been: Eye-pleasing designs, vibrant colors and attractive shadows. Leapfrogging to 2019, the art of interface design has changed a lot where new age designers are exploring the psychological aspects of end users than mere eye-meets-image concepts. The idea of design has widened, where methods such as animation, visual effects and even cinematic techniques are brought in to keep users glued to the target screen.

So, let us see some of the most happening UI/UX design trends of 2019. 

Motion Designing

From micro-interactions to animated elements to full fledged animation, dynamic interfaces have certainly been doing the job for UI/UX designers. In 2019, we see a rise in the usage of motion design in mobile apps and websites. Considering the shrinking attention span of today’s users, developers are forced to keep the users engaged every second, every frame. And that makes sense.

Animation fills up the dead spaces between two idle images. As a result, motion and transitions can convey more information and can create better impact. We see this field of designing being passionately explored in 2019, where designers are coming out with alluring motion graphics to maximize user attention.

“Considering the shrinking attention span of today’s users, developers are forced to keep the users engaged every second, every frame. And that makes sense.”

3D Interfaces

The 3D technology being a rage in video games and movies have entered the world of mobile apps. 3D is a powerful technology which has been there for several decades, yet it is opening up new horizons to be explored. We have already seen 3D flip screens, menus, and other 3D interface designs, however, this trend is expected to spread even wider, especially in the area of User Interface designing.

With powerful chips getting into mobile phones, a true 3D user interactive design may not be a distant dream.

Deep Flat interface

Giving way for 3D interface does not mean the age-old Flat UI design would disappear. This traditional and trusted method still packs a punch and is very much in vogue. Remember the rebranding and redesigning of Instagram in 2016? It chucked away swanky designs in favor of Flat UI.  It went from Skeuomorphic (realism) to Flat.

Instagram moved from embossed style to flat UI icons

Instagram’s overhaul with Flat UI has not diminished it’s repute even a bit. We all still flock to Instagram, don’t we?

New age designers have experimented and proved that flat objects, too, can be manipulated to produce 3D effects, in its own way. They call it as pseudo 3D where several flat layers are stacked up in certain way with play of shadows, lighting and reflections gives a 3D like illusion to a flat image. There will be a lot of deep flat elements in use in today’s UI designing.

An example of pseudo 3D by Mike, Creative Minds

Anomalous Designing

Grunge and eccentric artworks, irrespective of its relevance to us, tends to capture our attention. Anomalous designs are still going strong. Remember those graffiti sort of UI designs? They may be dated by name, but definitely not by usage.

Unusual, surreal, peculiar and really playful illustrations are still in use and users seems to like it. They are designed in a certain way to keep the users hooked and entertained, and above all – to  maintain a certain level of freshness. So, be prepared to see more of these designs coming your way.

Though these may not work well for all brands and products, business and UI developers are looking for the best opportunities to fuse anomalous designs into mobile apps and websites.

Gradient 2.0

If you could recall the mid-nineties, the time when websites were rulers, the first time when the gradients were used, it simply blew away viewers. The vibrant splash of fluid transitioning of multiple colors was something they had never seen before. Since then – except for some brief periods of hibernation – gradient has never been out of fab. Today, gradient is called as Gradient 2.0 among Behance community. 

Image source: UX Planet

Designers are reinventing the use of gradients, and its implication in UI designing has become larger and more varied. Which means, gradients are used in rather unconventional ways.

Image source: Dribble

More than using it for mere visual impact, gradients are used to evoke mood, bring out depth, and to accentuate certain elements in a layout. Going by the growing trend, we can expect a flux of gradient in UI designs.

App design by uixNinja

Voice UI (VUI)

Alexa! Hey Siri! Hello Google! – they all wake up and sit upright as soon as their given first names are blurted out. Welcome to the Voice UI. The introduction of Voice UI has brought users emotionally closer and physically distanced from their devices.

This is one segment which falls under UI designing, yet involves no traditional design process per se. Developing voice UIs has more to do with natural language processing, building context, synthesizing data than actual practical design process.

Be it user interfaces or voice interfaces, the core of it is always about communications. Since the VUI does not require users to interpret any terminology or design symbology, people are more drawn towards it. And it is no surprise why VUIs are such a craze in today’s world. The VUI trend will grow and expand further, incorporating other new innovations to maximize its impact.

Figma

The process of designing, though gives immense sense of excitement and satisfaction, can turn out to be tiresome and at times even gruelling. A designers job is not just about designing, it goes beyond that: To plan, design, sketch, collaborate, streamline, create prototypes, and manage the entire design system. Designers always long for some magical tool that can help them carry out all these action seamlessly and easily. Figma is such a tool. It assembles all these actions under a single space, and lodges them at the relevant chambers so the designers can fire them away at quick succession.

There are several tools like Adobe XD and Sketch, but it is said that Figma offers more and performs better.

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At Ideaplunge, we follow trends very closely. As one of the top mobile app development companies in Bangalore, we incorporate latest tech advancements to empower our clients to  reach their goals. Our specialization include Android app development, iOS app development, Salesforce development, UI/UX Designing, Dashboards and Web Applications. Our clientele comprises of businesses of national and international repute, located in seven countries.

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