UI design trends and future

By Roman Berezhnoi April 14, 2022 502 views

UI design trends and future

Initially, the role of UI was perceived as limited to human interaction with the digital product. Today, UI design has transcended towards business goals. Like everything related to tech, even UI design is undergoing a transformation, and how!

You can learn more about UI design and its importance for websites and apps.

So now let’s consider some UI design trends and then let’s look at the future.

UI design trends

Inclusive design

Inclusivity has been the buzzword and the emphasis on inclusive designs will only increase. Every business and web design agency that provides UI/UX services will be working diligently on ensuring that their websites and web apps are designed to respect every single user, irrespective of their cultural, religious, regional, ethnic, and sexual orientation.

Neumorphism

Neumorphism was the hottest design trend in 2020 and it still is used by many web designers. Neumorphism can make a business site unique to help it stand out of the crowd. Also, if you don’t like flat design, neumorphism can be an alternative option.

Huge images and type designs

As the smartphones screens got bigger, so did the appetite for high-definition images and large type designs, a trend that’ll most likely continue in the future. To begin with, such large images, play a pivotal role in capturing the user’s attention and retaining it. Moreover, these large elements give a neat appearance to the design, while also ensuring that the text, graphics, and images are more readable, thereby enhancing the user experience.

Aurora backgrounds

Colorful, blurred splashes of color look very friendly and organic – and definitely more visually attractive. Those splashes can be used as an entire background or just an emphasis under important UI elements.

Using visible grid

The reality is that websites are built on a strict grid and held together with code. A visible grid has the obvious benefit of distinguishing one section from one another. This is why web designers create layouts that reveal their foundation through simple borders and frames.

Retro revolution

Modern web designers are taking inspiration from the early Wild Web days. The Web of the 90s was characterized by bright background colors, visible table layouts, and robotic typefaces like Courier.

Web designers are reviving this trend with the added benefit of nearly 30 years of collective web design experience.

Brutalism

Brutalism is a counter-trend for all the designs that are full of gradients, shadows, and characters.

Brutalism embraces flat design, strong outlines, contrasting colors, and real-life photography. 

But web designers use brutalism rarely.

Glassmorphism

The trend from 2021 is on the rise. There’s a background blur, semi-transparent objects, „watercolor”, glass-looking spheres, and more. You can see it in native elements in Mac OS Big Sur and Windows 11. F5 Studio also uses this design style.

F5 Studio redesigned the SellMeLaprop site to improve UI, UX with Glassmorphism in UI

As we can see modern web design is not limited to style or some trends. A web designer can choose a retro style from the Internet 90s or glassmorphism without fear of being criticized by the web design community or users. But future of UI design is more about technologies and users’ demands.

The Future of UI Design

Gesture recognition

A modern-day user is only too familiar with the importance of touch-based interfaces such as scrolling, pinching, and tapping. But, as our gadgets get technically advanced, and as the users become less dependent on touching their screens constantly, gesture recognition will come into play.

Simply directing a finger, moving the eyeballs, and other simpler gestures such as blinking or shaking will help users interact with the apps and websites, they are using. 

As the technologies and user experience continue to evolve, only time will tell how far gesture recognition can take, when it comes to reveling in a touchless experience.

Voice User Interface (VUI)

Users have all come to understand that it is much more convenient to ask a question than to pick up a device and type the same. Siri, Alexa, and Google Assistant have already established what a Voice User Interface is capable of doing. However, this is simply the tip of the iceberg. In the coming decade, a wide array of mobile apps and websites will also incorporate this interface in a bid to boost engagement.

Voice UI also enables less tech-savvy and even illiterate people to ask questions and get them answered.

It is paving way for what can be called a screen-less experience in the coming future, which will enable seamless use of these apps and websites, even when users are physically unable to access their devices such as when they’re driving, cleaning, or exercising.

3D Designing will Witness an Unprecedented Rise

Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality will rule the foreseeable future, and all of this simply won’t be possible without 3D Designing. Even corporate websites and e-stores will come to rely on the magic of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality, not only to lure end customers but also to enhance efficiency and decrease redundancies in the business processes.

This is why UI/UX design agencies and designers should proactively work towards enhancing their collective skill set pertaining to 3D designs and related technology.

Focusing on personalized micro-Interactions

Microinteractions are trigger-feedback pairs in which (1) the trigger can be a user action or an alteration in the system’s state; (2) the feedback is a narrowly targeted response to the trigger and is communicated through small, highly contextual (usually visual) changes in the user interface. (Nielsen Norman Group)

Enabling micro-interactions can only come from designing certain UI elements which subtly collect information from the user, and uses the same to provide them with a personalized experience like never before. This is surely easier said than done.

That said, while it may seem cumbersome to begin with, micro-interactions can easily help distinguish one company from another, simply by tapping into a human being’s most inherent need – the need to be heard!


As we predict, the future of UI design relies on technologies. 

We hope this article about some UI design trends was interesting to you.

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