This article shares top UI Trends to be seen in 2017. Innovative designers are responsible for the development of outstanding layouts while creating User Interfaces.
User interface engineering (UI) involves designing simple and engaging user interfaces for smart devices. This interface undergoes continuous updates due to constant innovations and research of expert UI designers. The changing trends in designs of mobile UI impact the domain of development and the designing arena with equal intensity. Innovative designers are responsible for the development of outstanding layouts while creating User Interfaces. A striking design can easily attract millions of viewers and is an equally important aspect of mobile UI design along with website development. The continuous updates of mobile UI is also necessary due to a torrential rise in the number of various mobile apps that requires high functionality, smooth navigation and an excellent layout.
Top 2017 UI Trends
Rising Demand for Touch ID
Touch ID technology is no longer limited within the boundaries of device-unlocking procedure. Today, programmers are using this technology in several online verification processes. It is the easiest process for identifying a user and ensures safer transactions. E-Commerce platforms like Amazon, Apple Pay, eBay, Dropboxs, and Citibank use fingerprint validation system of Touch ID for effortless and efficient transactions. There is no doubt that demand for touch ID interface will increase in 2017.
Rocking Material Design with Gradual Entrance of Textile Design
Google introduced Material Design in 2014 and the demand for this design continues to grow. This design uses layering, gradients and animation with the promise of expedite-loading. Website/app designers prefer material design due to its visual appeal and simplicity. With slight alterations, efficient and appealing Material Design will be a hot trend in 2017.
A shift toward the ‘Textile Design’ began in 2016 and will continue in 2017. The future of web rests upon the utilitarian features of ‘textile design’, as it can flawlessly combine various design metaphors, visual elements/aesthetics, technologies and dimensions. The increasing application of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality also requires the use of ‘Textile Design’. The basic architecture of material design is not ideal for multi-dimensional web. The gradual shift from ‘Material Design’ to ‘Textile Design’ will continue in 2017.
Unconventional Navigation System
Use of Unusual Navigation or Hidden Navigation may not be a novel idea to the web-designers. It is a fresh concept in mobile UI designing. Many web-designing agencies used hidden navigation on their official websites; although, this type of navigation is now gaining popularity in the designing of mobile UI. Designers use its secretive feature to hide the websites’ functionalities or to hide other apps to save more screen-space. It even offers a neater view in comparison to the apps’ conventional appearance. Thus the ‘Unusual Navigation’ is another hot trend in 2017.
Motion Design is not a new concept either to the mobile application designers or to the users. It can convert the tapping on the ‘app-button’ into a specified and relevant motion. This design offers an impression of ‘immersive experience’ by creating a ‘focal point’. The UI designers use Motion Design to build a premium-quality ‘User Interface’.
Diffused Background Design
Every artistic mobile designer loves to experiment with the looks of mobile’s themes and backgrounds. The ‘diffused background’ appeal has been in demand for the last couple of years and continues to be in vogue in 2017. The diffused background brings the apps’ features within the mobile users’ focus and improves their perception. Subsequently, value of mobile UI has increased with ‘Diffused Background’ layout in 2017.
Amazing Card Designs
The UI designers use the card-design pattern to create mobile-friendly websites with striking appearance. The designers use this particular pattern to place the content of any website in multiple divisions. It provides a neat look and let the users focus on different points. It is even easier for the users to download the multimedia objects with using the ‘Card Design’.
Soothing Color Pallets
Designers can use a gentler color pallet for mobile UI to present an out-of-the-box experience to the users. The UI designers carefully select the colors to create a soothing yet attractive color pallet. The integration of soothing colors has earned the appreciation of many users last year and this type of coloring technique is going to become a favorite in 2017.
The integration of usability and retention gestures has improved the experiences of users when using a mobile app. This type of integration improves the app’s speed, connection with users and adds real-time motions to the user-interface. The Smartphone users are already familiar with touch mechanics, such as tap/double-tap/force-tap, swiping, drag, long-press/long-press drag or pinch open/close gestures. Now, the designers are mixing touch mechanics with touch activities to offer an extraordinary experience to the users. The year 2017 is going to witness the emergence of experimental gestures for mobile apps.
Focus on Typography
The Typography works as an influential visual medium and the designers are using it to make the mobile UI look catchy. An artistic evolution of typography is likely to happen in 2017, as it is becoming essential for outstanding UI designs. This big and bold statement titles are predicted to become favorite amongst other styles of typography in 2017 due to easy readability.
Mobile First Approach
The responsive websites were the center-of-attraction till mid-2016, as the companies favored the desktops over Smartphones. The increased use of internet via Smartphones has changed the scenario. Many companies shifted towards the mobile-friendly websites and the designers started creating websites with mobile-first approach. This designing trend started gaining popularity by the end of 2016 and is going to rule the designing world in 2017.
The process of selecting, acquiring, engineering and creating audio elements are known as ‘Sound design’. It is the latest concept in the world of design, and is expected to become an essential element during the designing of web-applications. The hottest social media platform like Facebook is already using ‘Sound design’ while selecting emoticons or clicking on the comments. The small sound bites are enough to gift a delightful experience to the users.
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Influential Wearable Devices
There is no scarcity of Smart wearable devices in today’s market, such as Smart-glasses or Smart-watches. These devices delight both children and adults. Designers are aware of this fact and are trying to create many innovative features for Smart wearable devices. More than 200 million Smart wearable devices are predicted to be sold by the end of 2019. It is no wonder that designers are willing to create User Interfaces friendlier to a variety of Smart wearable devices and this trend is likely to become hottest in 2017.
Experts’ Opinions & Tweets on UI Design Trends for 2017
The Experienced Architect of AustinCSI, Lisa Baskett, predicts the rise of Gesture Hinting with animations or explicit text-labels showing the intended actions to the users while using mobile apps. She also believes ‘Progressive Disclosure’ is going to earn the favor of users in 2017.
Lisa Angela : “More UI designers will adopt streamlined approaches to user onboarding”
The Experience Architect and author of ‘UX for Beginners’, Joel Marsh, believes heavy typography, colorful apps and high-contrast designs without serifs may become trends in 2017. He also predicts the rise of a novel designing idea using ‘layered’ interfaces to add some depth to the symbols.
Joel Marsh :“We will see more heavy typography (i.e. fat fonts) and more serifs”
The Head of UX and Design of British Gas, Conor Ward, believes that mobile UI design is going to have abundance of three-letter acronyms and AI to gift an effortless experience to the users.
Conor Ward : “Brace yourselves for a lot of three-letter acronyms (TLAs)”
The founder, user-experience designer and product strategist of UX Notebook, Sarah Doody, believes that anticipatory and automated experiences can minimize the number of users’ choices in 2017.
Sarah Doody :“2017 will be a year when we focus on user choice”
The Senior UX Architect of Evosite, Paul Randall, believes in the continued rise of mobile-first interfaces, as the users can focus on the websites’ functionalities without a cluttered screen.
Paul Randall: “Expect to see UI elements becoming simpler but more obvious to the end user”
The Chief Product Officer of Startup Kompas, Kurt Henderson, believes AI and machine learning is going to reshape the world of UI and UX in 2017.
Kurt Henderson:“2017 will be about upcoming technology—machine learning and artificial intelligence”
The head of product design in Electronic Press, Rob Whiting, believes that focused and simplified user interfaces with virtual/augmented-reality UI are going to be the trend in 2017.
Rob Whiting: “Those involved in UI design will see how difficult it is to achieve simplicity”
Experts of UI/UX designs predict the future to bring dynamic changes keeping in pace with the users’ demands and the emergence of new technology. UX designers are carefully observing the innovations and enhancements related to the UI design trends.