The trends of UI designs change in keeping with the advancements in technology. And, as technology takes a giant leap in 2020, so will the new trends of UI.
Any designer worth his salt knows the importance of staying aware of the present and future design trends. The zeal to learn constantly, improve and expand, and embrace new ideas are the things that help a designer give his best to the digital products he delivers. It’s all about keeping that design toolkit updated by knowing what no longer works, what has made a comeback, and what is new on the block.
So, are you ready to know more about the most impressive UI design trends of this year that are all set to take over? Let’s get on to that!
Illustrations have been an integral part of the product design for a really long time. But, the evolution has been impressive in the past couple of years. The popularity of illustrations as a design element stems from the fact that it adds a human touch and a natural feel to the UX of the product. These are great at grabbing attention, because these can make the products come alive and help them in standing out using added personality and details.
The other benefit associated with applying motion is that it captures the attention of the users and makes them engage with the products. Illustrations are also an effective way for telling the story about a product, service, or brand.
Microinteractions are basically there in almost every single website or app. You get to see them while opening an app, for example, you will see many instances of it being used on Facebook though the best instance is the ‘Like’ feature of it.
The thing is that, microinteractions cannot really be singled out by the users because these are blended so well in the user interfaces. However, the moment one of its aspects is removed, users are quick to notice that something really crucial is missing.
In 2020, these subtle and small changes in UI designs are going to make the biggest impact. After all, microinteractions are the proof that giving attention to these details improves user experience of the products and services and places them on a better level. Each year, new devices bring in new opportunities for ensuring better and more innovative microinteractions, and 2020 will not be an exception.
3D graphics are there everywhere, in video games, movies, and even on the advertisements you see on the road. 3D graphics came into the scene a couple of years ago, and it has gone from strength to strength ever since. Web and mobile technology has also grown in tandem, and the new browser capabilities have made it possible for the 3D graphics to be better than ever before. The designers are, thus, better equipped now to implement these into mobile and web interfaces.
Creation and integration of 3D graphics in mobile and web interfaces needs some skills and loads of work, but the results are always highly rewarding. The end goal of UI in 2020 is to make the services or products more engaging and interactive, and 3D graphics help in ensuring just that. So, for instance, using it the viewers can see things as 360 degree presentations which definitely do wonders for the UX.
In this year and onwards, more and more brands will turn to 3D models for presenting the service or product to match a real world shopping experience.
The past year had been a really good one for VR, more specifically in terms of the gaming industry. There were a lot of advancements and developments noted in the virtual reality headsets.
Actually, the gaming industry deserves credit for all the new technologies and innovation that it ushers in to the product and UI designs and, VR is not an exception to that rule. The launch of standalone VR headsets like Oculus Quest last year has also shown the path to other industries to get on the bandwagon.
Many exciting opportunities are being explored in terms of hand interactions with devices, and even a hand tracking update has also been announced for Quest, which is slated to hit the market in 2020. Microsoft and Sony have also announced the release of the next generation consoles during the holiday season this year, which means more opportunities for VR to grow.
Loads of improvement, excitement, and progress have already been noted in AR in the past couple of years. The top names in the businesses are ready to invest big bucks in AR innovations, which mean we can expect this technology to grow and expand to become one of the UI Design Trends 2020.
In fact, Apple already has its toolkit known as ARKIT 3 for helping the developers and designers to create AR-based product.
The opportunities for innovation are endless and those are creating exciting new experiences in terms of the use of AR in the UI space. UI designs using AR will be a thing in 2020. So, UI/UX Design Companies need to stay prepared and keen about learning new principles and tools when delivering an AR experience.
To explain the impact of Neumorphism, let’s find understand what skeuomorphism is. It is basically a way of presenting the elements of the design in a way that matches the real world objects. Now, with the developments of VR and AR, skeuomorphism is on the forefront this year, but in a new avatar that is being called neuomorphism.
Neuomorphism is all about making the design very precise and detailed. There is attention to all the details, right from glows, shadows, to highlights, and everything is spot-on.
This modern trend has already a much talked about topic for the designers all over the world, and don’t be surprised if it comes up as the biggest trend in UI this year.
Digital product design has been embracing asymmetrical layouts from the past year itself, while slowly doing away with templates and traditional layouts. You can expect the trend to continue this year. The right use of asymmetrical layouts brings a lot of personality, dynamics, and character to the design, and they no longer look like they are all cut from the same cloth.
There is ample room for letting the creativity of a designer soar, as the number of opportunities and options for asymmetrical layouts are boundless. There is no denying the fact that making the perfect asymmetrical layout needs a lot of time and practice. But, designers will have to pay attention to this because simply placing things on a grid will not work anymore.
Designs need to keep the aesthetics and the needs of the user in mind, instead of being so random that the user simply gets lost using the digital product.
So, which of these trends have you already implemented in your work? Which are the ones you think are here to stay? And, which ones feel like nothing more than a fad? Let us know all that, and more in the comments section below. Here’s waiting to hear from you guys!