The Future Of UI/UX design
With simplicity, flat design and minimalism gaining even more steam in 2018 and 2019, will these trends continue as the design world enters into 2020? Or will new trends appear that cause minimalism and flat design to go the way of skeuomorphism circa early 2008? Or, with nowhere else to go, will realistic design metaphors once again take centre stage?
Throughout 2019, some companies and products thrived while others have crashed and burned. There are many factors at play when it comes to the success or failure of a product, but at the heart of it all is the user experience. And with 2019 having come to a close, there’s no doubt that the design and user experience of your application is more important than ever.
UX design is more ubiquitous than it has ever been before — companies recognize its value as a differentiator, more people have access to good design tools. Given that, it is important for us to continue to push the boundaries of what’s possible and to uphold the principles of great UX design. Quickly, new interaction paradigms are starting to take root (e.g. AR, improved wearables, etc), which will completely change how we interact with products and our environments — allowing us to create connections in ways we never could before.
To keep up and catalyse greater change, designers will need to re-evaluate and refresh their understanding of fundamental human behaviour and needs constantly. We’ll see our boldest and best designs from the designers and teams that do. Additionally, as better, easy-to-use design tools become available, we’ll see design playing a larger role in invoking societal and political change in the non-profit sector.
With the recent development in the design industry, the future of UI/UX will be even more sophisticated and technology will blend more seamlessly into the UI/UX system.
As the world is becoming more comfortable with Artificial Intelligence (AI), Virtual Reality(VR), Augmented Reality(AR), Voice and Internet of Things (IoT) based devices, the design industry will design less for graphics and more for practical and seamless usage, changing the way we approach UI/UX design.
Websites and mobile applications won’t be designed the way we design them now, an artificially intelligent algorithm might take over UI designs as we’ve seen in some applications like UIzard, Sketch to Code and other upcoming software.
While UX designers focus on the broader experience and its user journey, design challenges will be less about driving conversions and sales rate in an E-commerce app, and more about how to help shoppers have the best impression of a product from searching through checkout, (this is already happening). The current approach is more towards sales and easy money but in the future, this approach will become more user-centric especially in a world where reviews, ratings and word of mouth are keeping huge sectors like e-commerce, hospitality and entertainment alive.
We will expect homes to respond to touch, voice and even by our mere presence in a room. Our homes will become smarter with UI/UX used in a plethora of devices based on technologies such as AI and IoT. Google Home, Amazon Alexa and Nest will continue to evolve as the time goes by and technology evolves. We will expect homes to respond to touch, voice and even by our mere presence in a room. And as Virtual Reality systems become smaller and more integrated into our bodies (think VR contact lenses, identification devices or nanobots), huge television sets and screens, in general, will disappear. Instead, the interface will be projected over our field of view and integrated with objects in real space, this is also known as Augmented Reality.
The future of UI/UX Design is exciting, to say the least. We hope this begins to prepare you for what's to come. Demand for UX design will expand to innovators tackling the small irritations of daily life—like remembering medication, having to struggle to find your keys to the front door, or choosing one of the 100 programs on your washing machine. Whatever you find frustrating in your everyday life, that’s probably where UX designers will be needed next.