The 5 Trends in Mobile UI/UX In 2015
As 2015 comes to a close, it’s time to review the big trends in mobile UI and UI. In the past several years designers have realized the importance of design for mobile devices, but the field is only a few years old and has so much room for creativity and growth. It’s up to designers like you to imagine what mobile design should look like in 2016.
- In an aim to remove all unnecessary elements from a limited screen size, mobile UI has been trending towards removing border lines and instead using negative space to create a clean separation of important elements. Minimalist design makes creating responsive applications so much easier than an application cluttered with many different elements. In addition, it’s been shown the providing fewer elements (aka distractions) on the interface increases conversion, is perfect for users with short attention spans, and allows for faster skimming.
- Flat design has become surging in popularity over the past few years and we’re starting to see really interesting and creative designs. If you’re not familiar with flat design, it’s the trend to remove over-embellishments (drop-shadows and gradients) and bright fully saturated colors. This new design aesthetic gives users a more optimized experience navigating the website or app. As screen sizes get even smaller with wearables, flat design is here to stay.
- While boxes, images, logos, and icons have become flat, entire applications are now taking 3D qualities. Also known as layered interface, this design theory gives users a very interactive experience. Layers create depth and engages the user in a way they’re used to with the “real” 3D world. With Apple’s release of the iPhone 6 and it’s 3D Touch features, we’re sure to see much more of this in 2016.
- Both fonts and colors have been significantly reduced in their range. Having a smaller range works well with flat design and follows the rest of trends in creating simple and clear design patterns. It can be used to better highlight important features and remove distractions. Sans-Serif is becoming the defacto typeface and the most common color values used are #0D0D0D, #0F0F0F and #141414. Mobile designers would do well to use these design patterns to ensure easy reading for your users.
- One big separation from desktop UX is the trend from clicking and towards swiping and scrolling, also known as gestures. The majority of users hold their phone with one hand and use their thumb to interact with the app. So creating simple gestures that utilize the thumb is key in creating a great user experience. Gestures that can take the place of clicking include the following: tap, pinch, spread, drag, flick, and press.
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