It’s not always easy to predict what new trends in design will dominate and drive the user experience in the upcoming year. Thousands of websites and mobile apps have already come and gone for the past year. So, before rolling into the new year, we can analyze what things have already succeeded and get ourselves prepared for the upcoming UX design trends to enhance end-user satisfaction in 2019.
Gestures are the new black
On-screen buttons are becoming obsolete, even although, initially users experienced some frustration getting used to gesture-based controls as they are not visible. Gestures are gradually replacing current on-screen buttons, that’s why more and more companies have been introducing gadgets with gestures instead of a static multi-purpose home button. All these swiping up, down, sides, long swipe give different options and let people initially understand each gesture which is being operated on top of their display. UX designers can try to reuse common human skills of their hands and even facial gestures in mobile app design and apply it to a broad range of users.
Foldable display smartphones
Smartphones with foldable displays are no longer seem like a dream and the recent prototypes have proved they are close to reality. Companies are already gearing up to introduce first in the market gadgets trying to become pioneers in the foldable display smartphone industry. That is why UX designers should speed up to get adapted to the hybrid design for the views in foldable smartphones.
Augmented Reality is everywhere
The ability to modify the real world to imagery isn’t just useful for gaming applications. Some e-commerce companies already have their own AR-based apps that let their customers experiment with their products and see what they would look like before making a purchase.
In 2019 the role of UX Designers will go beyond screen-only interfaces. We can expect the innovative apps that will provide physical interactions, or moreover, will be able to anticipate a user’s next move or query, which can become increasingly appealing to users.
Facial or voice recognition, fingerprints, or an iris scan aren’t just a part of the spy movie plot anymore.
Conceptually, biometrics isn’t a new technology, but it is becoming more accessible. Products that include biometric-based technology will definitely overtake traditional login requirements, as it’s a distinct and unique form of personal identification. In 2019, UX designers should get more use of biometrics for authentication and identity management purposes. It’s something that can also boost security for both end-users and businesses that incorporate this technology into their applications.
We all have seen the rise of smart-home devices such as Amazon’s Alexa or virtual assistants such as Apple’s Siri, controlled through the power of our voice. More and more mobile searches are done with voice activation. It is believed that by 2030, 30% of searches will be done without a keyboard or screen. The combination of voice technology and pre-set commands mean that customers can simply ask for what they want and get it. Incorporating voice technology into an e-commerce site now will give the chance to experiment and see how it best works for a business and its customers. The potential for UX trends becomes clear with this type of interactive design: when it becomes a key element for e-commerce, you’ll be ahead of all the competitors.
The flat minimalism and attention-grabbing broken grids system are going to change user experience design trends in 2019. Designers have now found ways to use broken grids and asymmetry to create fresher looks for the websites and mobile apps. However, user experience can either take advantage of broken grids. Instead of using established design patterns, the fresh shapes and patterns direct the visitor where to look. This new, engaging method is likely to rock things in 2019.
Live video and video ads
Various YouTube channels and live stream videos are rapidly creating a successful content-focused experience. Experts predict that video will invade most of all internet traffic in 2019. UX designers will have to let the video go beyond screen optimization and expand to deeply engaging storytelling through AR or VR technologies.
Increasing navigation efficiency is one of the essential UX design trends which will undergo big changes in 2019. While still popular, the hamburger menu isn’t great for user experience. People sometimes have a problem identifying the sidebar menu button as actionable, so an increasing number of companies are moving away from the traditional hamburger menu. Sticky navigation is becoming more acceptable, with menu elements at the top, bottom or sides of the page. This won’t confuse customers and enables more access to different parts of the site.
These days we are spending more time on mobile devices than on desktop, so Google has started to index mobile sites first and ranking them above the sites that aren’t mobile friendly. Moreover, 40% of online transactions are now done on mobile, and this figure is increasing. That’s why website design should fundamentally prioritize mobile UX design, rather than just making it a later addition.
Users have already appreciated in-app messaging and conversational interfaces in the form of chatbots. It’s important to consider the emerging trend, based on how users typically interact with an app and with other users. UX designers should take in account development and implementation of hybrid conversational interfaces that combine NLP with user interface elements like images, videos, buttons, and menus.
Designing with user experience in mind will continue to be a top priority in 2019 as we keep delivering more futuristic and seamless products to users via the UX industry. From technology to aesthetics, customers will have a host of new approaches to using social networks, doing shopping on websites and in the apps, messaging and making the right decisions without any concerns.
Originally written for Cadabra Studio blog.