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UX Trends to Expect in 2017 – The Devil is in the Design

November 11, 2016

Design, when it comes to user experience (UX), isn’t unlike fashion. Trends come and go. Just like how we wouldn’t step outside today in overalls or bell bottoms, there was a point when we’d not only willingly wear them, but even pay good money for them. And like any trend, UX trends evolve over time as well. It’s all so gradual, but if you looked at mobile apps from 5 years ago, you’d notice how dated they look. Pop-ups? Banners? It is all so 2000’s. And with 2017 on the horizon, there are some new UX trends in store, too.

1. Cover

Micro-Interaction:

First, what are those, anyway? Micro-interactions are tasks performed with fewer clicks – such as tap and hold on a text message in iOS 10 and being able to add a “haha,” a heart, or other response. Using fewer taps or clicks, users can perform their tasks more seamlessly. Major players like Apple and Facebook have already started introducing these, and we should expect to see more such features in 2017.

Micro-Interactions

Examples:

  1. The tap back feature of iMessage in iOS 10
  2. The Facebook emoji on long tap
  3. Native iOS mail client swipe features

Animation:

Gone are the days when animations were simply eye candy. Now, they’re becoming more purposeful, too. Animations are increasingly being utilized to help guide users to certain points without spending too much time searching. Take the Google inbox app for example. Many animations within the app help the user perform their task more efficiently.

Bold color and typography:

User interfaces are starting to show personality. The days of subtle, web-friendly colors and limited font options are behind us. With the advancement in web and mobile technologies, options have expanded and nearly every popular website and app these days includes eye-popping colors and aesthetically pleasing typography.

3. Color & Type

Examples:

  1. https://www.ideo.com/ – Sleek typography
  2. https://paperplanes.world/ — Bold and bright colors

No more stock photos!

It’s true. Stock photos suck, and it’s glaringly obvious when you’ve gone this route. Take this spot-on Halloween costume as an example. You can identify an overused stock photo from a mile away, and fortunately, they’re fading fast!

2. Stock photos

In this day and age when everyone has a high-quality camera at their fingertips (in other words, their cell phone), it’s effortless to take your own photos and show an authentic visual. Stock photos make the UX look artificial.

And even if you don’t want to take your own photos, many websites provide stunning images for free. Like this one. But if you still want to go the stock photos route, at list pick one that doesn’t suck. This brilliant Medium article outlines some of your options.

Full screen videos:

Videos are the new photos. With increased access to high speed internet, everyone’s going with videos to explain things more clearly and effectively rather than illustrations and writing pages of copy.

Examples:

  1. http://www.hugoandmarie.com/
  2. The intro animation of http://rise.simplebots.co/
  3. http://www.nightshiftpost.com/
  4. http://goplaces.theheinekencompany.com/en
  5. https://www.designdisruptors.com/

Breaking the grid:

Yes, grids are the basic building blocks of any design. No doubt about that. But sometimes you have to break the grid to come up with something which stands out and sets a new era of design. History is proof stands that many great iconic designers (Phillipe Starck and Salvador Dali broke the grid, and it contributed to the impressive legacies they have earned.

4. Break the grid

Examples:

  1. https://discover.typography.com/
  2. http://beta.rallyinteractive.com/

About The Author:

Saravana Prabhu has 6 years of hands-on experience in Interaction design, currently working as a Creative Director for July systems. He specializes in designing applications for mobile, desktop and web. Saravana has a love for fonts and custom hand-lettering. He is widely known as Tallman in the design community.

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