What is UI/UX Designer?
A UX/UI Designer is a professional dedicated to finding an easy, intuitive, and friendly way to solve a problem based on the tastes, needs, and opinions of the users of a product or service. In other words, they’re the person in charge of designing the experience of a client and making sure it’s optimal.
As a UX/UI practitioner, It is essential to stay informed about these forever-changing trends, and follow and replicate the good examples of UX design.
In this article, we will explore top 12 UI/UX Design trends.
1. Dark Mode
Dark Mode is elegant, stylish, and modern. As we’re spending more time with our smartphones and laptop, dark mode plays a vital role in user experience.
Advantages of dark mode are-
- It saves the battery if the device uses OLED or AMOLED screens.
- It is better in the readability of text.
- Minimal eye strain while using the device at night.
- It reduces the screen glare and minimizes blue light.
Neumorphism combines flat design and old classic skeuomorphism (Interface objects that mimic their real-world counterparts in appearance e.g. recycle bin icon used for discarding files). Neumorphism helped revive skeuomorphism as it laid the foundation of interface design along with flat design emphasizing minimalism.
It’s a visual style that combines background colors, shapes, gradients, and shadows to ensure UI elements’ graphic intensity and a flat design. This allows for achieving a soft, extruded plastic look and almost 3D styling
Designers can utilize UI animations to enhance the user experience by guiding the flow much better than a static graphic. There will be more and more graphic animations in 2022 — both in UI and product promotions. It is an immersive way to get the users’ attention and convey messages to the users without using modals & banners.
4. Bolds Typography
Bold typography is one of the easiest ways to grab users’ attention. Bold typography stands out from its surroundings and demands to be read. But it has to be an integral (and integrated) part of the overall aesthetic plus well thought out before implementing it in your design.
5. Smooth Gradients
The reign of smooth gradients is in full swing. Microsoft’s fluent design system and the new design approach by Apple in macOS Big Sur are two of the big pushes in gradient-based designs. Google also joined the party with redesigned logos of Gmail, Calendar, Drive, Docs, and Meet. Gradients are more pleasing to look at and calming.
6. 3D Design
3D designs have been attracting users for the last couple of years. Despite some drawbacks on memory consumption, 3D is trending in both mobile and web applications. In 2022 3D will continue to thrive, especially seeing VR and AR technologies’ rising popularity along with NFTs that are new-age art designs.
7. Empty and Error States Illustration
Errors are scary, and emptiness is boring. But they both are an integral part of a software application. So UX/UI professionals are taking a step forward to make them more exciting and more comfortable. This trend is going to continue this year too.
8. Design System
More and more companies are getting serious about unified design experience and building their design system. Material Design, Ant Design, Fluent Design System are the most popular open-source design systems. Also, there are tons of other free design systems.
9. Remote and Virtual Collaboration
Small to large companies are adopting this new culture so fast. So, the demand for remote and virtual tools and services is skyrocketing. The design of the latest and old services are revamping while giving virtual collaboration a priority.
10. User Onboarding Experience
The power of good onboarding is rising when millions of people are forced to deal with the task of installing and using video conferencing and remote-work services.
11. Frictionless Authentication
Frictionless authentication is a type of authentication that does not need the user to go through extra steps or remember different passwords. This makes it easier for customers because they do not have to worry about extra steps. It’s complicated, hard to remember, less secure. In 2022 we will see a continuing demand for frictionless authentication such as social login and biometric login.
12. UX Writing and Microcopy
UX writing is narrower, focusing on product writing for the end-to-end user journey. Microcopy just defines a category of UI text that falls solidly within UX writing.
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