Design is no longer about the “wow” factor. Instead, it’s about accessibility, personalization, and simplicity. User interface (UI) and user experience (UX) designs are always changing. So, what can we expect to see in the new year?
Animations and Micromovements
Technology is powerful, especially in today’s world. There is a misconception that complex animation is hardware dependent, but there are products capable of outperforming industry standards. Plus, with the introduction of 5G, animation will no longer be a burden.
Motion will remain trendy in the new year as it can easily grab and hold viewers’ attention, and is more memorable than just static elements. A great example of this is Corn. Revolutionized. on Pioneer! This is possible thanks to GreenSock, a company that creates plugins for seamless, interactive animations.
A complex animation may be slow to load for users today, but not in 2020! The rollout of the next generation of wireless broadband has begun. It’s possible that we may see speeds of 10 gigabits per second on our phones. This advancement in technology will allow for faster load time. Because of this, it’ll be much easier to incorporate micromovements to websites.
Designing for Speed
This plays into the previous section. As we’re seeing 5G being rolled out, it’s important for web teams to design for speed. Data transfer speed and latency time will improve significantly. What does this mean exactly?
Well, any slowness on a webpage will be regarded as having poor UX. How quick are you to close a tab and go to the next search engine result if a site takes too long to load? You don’t want your website visitors to do the same. Web performance is part of the user experience, and that includes page speed.
Bold typography will hold its place in 2020. Because of the amount of textual information we consume daily, lines that stand out tend to resonate with us. The best fonts to use in 2020 will be outlined font options. An outlined font works best for a point of emphasis, as seen on Zoccon. This eye-catching solution excites the user and draws them in.
Designing for Disabled Users
The need to accommodate those who are not blessed with perfect health is a common concept. People with permanent, temporary, or situational disabilities interact with a product in different ways. It’s important to adopt an inclusive mindset in your design. This will help you create much more convenient websites for all users.
Improving the user interface with gesture recognition technologies, voice input, fully responsive layout, consistent navigation, accessible audio and video elements, transcripts, and high-contrast color combinations will be more important than ever. This is what to look for in the new year.
User Interface and User Experience in 2020
What will the new year bring? Only time will tell. However, expect to see some smooth animations thanks to the introduction of 5G and companies like GreenSock.
Typography will have its moment this year as designers look to emphasize a word or phrase.
As we enter a new decade, it’s important to think about those with disabilities and how they interact with a product or service. It’s time to adopt an inclusive mindset in your design.
What about 2019? What were some of the trends then? Britt takes a closer look at what was trending this year and how we implemented them into our own designs while Lorraine discusses other web trends for 2020.