Wondering what changes you might need to make when it comes to UI/UX? Or what design direction you should follow for a brand new app? Here are some of the top UI/UX design trends you’ll see in 2017.
Love it or hate it, the hamburger button is likely on its way out. (That’s the button consisting of three horizontal lines that gives users access to a full menu.)
To replace it, apps will be using more custom and intuitive interfaces. Not every app serves the same purpose, so not every app needs to have the same navigation structure. Some may need a linear flow (think Uber), and others will provide an open navigation (think Amazon).
One thing all app developers need to think about is allowing more seamless, one-handed navigation on any screen size.
Adaptive UI/UX Design
Responsive design, which allowed apps to look good on any screen size, will move toward an adaptive design that changes based on the users’ preferences for font size, screen brightness, and sensitivity to sound. Some of these customizations will be made automatically based on the user’s assigned preferences on their device while others will be chosen by the user within the app.
Conversational Navigation and Service
Some users prefer to talk rather than scroll. With artificial intelligence, they can. AI-based chatbots will allow more apps to integrate user-friendly voice and text interfaces that give users an experience that works for them. These can be used to find features in the app, send messages to fellow users and get help with customer service inquiries.
Ever forget your password or PIN? In many apps, it takes forever to get logged in if you can’t remember that special character-crammed password you set up 9 months ago. However, new authentication methods allow apps to use voice recognition, biometrics and other types of login procedures that offer high levels of security without the hassle.
Do the faces you see in apps, websites and billboards look a little too familiar? Chances are you’re seeing the most popular individuals from stock photography sites over and over. Stock photos are on the decline, though, as consumers see them as generic and disingenuous. In 2017, apps will need to incorporate custom artwork that resonates with potential users and makes them feel a personal experience when they use the app.
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Lacey earned a B.A. from Baylor University. Sic'em!
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