Top 10 UI/UX design trends in 2022 March 10, 2022
The past two years have changed the world as we see it. The UI/UX design industry is no different. At the onset of COVID-19, people had to confine themselves to their houses. They became wary of what they had to face in the coming days. But as time passed by, the pandemic has become a sort of lifestyle for everyone. People have changed their way work and thus have coped with the new reality.
This change has greatly affected the way they look at life. Most importantly, their choice of workplace has shifted from offices to houses. People are now more comfortable with virtual offices and online sessions. And all these have had a profound impact on UI/UX design.
Where is this industry heading? What will be the top choices for people using a website or an app? To answer these and a lot more, we have conducted in-depth research on the design trends. And here’s what we’ve found out.
Top 10 UI/UX design trends in 2022
Animation has been playing a vital role in website design for the last couple of years. The COVID situation has given the idea a significant boost. Designers can now utilize animations to guide the flow much better than a static image. It’s a captivating way for mobile applications to convey messages to their users without using banners and modal windows.
#2 Dark mode
In the DC universe, The Dark Knight might be ‘rising’, but the Dark Mode has already risen in the design-verse and it’s continuing to rule over the world. Since people are spending more time on their laptops and smartphones, dark mode is helping to reduce their eye strains at night. It also minimizes the blue light emissions and reduces the screen glare. Moreover, dark mode enhances the readability of the texts and helps save battery life.
#3 Data visualization
People get bored with loads of data. But without the facts, people usually can’t trust what you’re saying. So you need to use data in an attractive way. Data visualization is the art of putting data into a visual context that builds a story for the user. Making a visual representation of your data helps improve your user interaction with your products and build a more trusting relationship with your brand.
Micro-interactions are small visual movements that have a large impact on user experience. These interactions come in forms of animation, swipe, data input, color hovering, like, share & save, etc. Micro-interactions ensure a more intuitive experience for your users.
Scrollytelling is telling a story while your users are scrolling. Stories have been an integral part of human existence since the dawn of civilization. People can relate to a narrative when coined with a story. So it’s very important for UI/UX designers to identify the narrative, think about a plot to better deliver that narrative, pinpoint the audience, and finally create cool and interactive visuals to shape the story.
#6 Touchless interactions
As people are spending more and more time on screen, they are opting for ways that don’t include touching the screen for every single action. Thus, voice commands and air gesture control are gaining popularity by the day. Voice user interface has become the new normal, thanks to Alexa, Google Assistant, Siri, and Cortana. Similarly, hand movements such as waving, swiping, and sliding are being used to initiate different actions on touch screens.
#7 Passwordless login
Trillions of users are logging in to millions of new apps every month. These apps need a username and a login password for security purposes. It’s quite difficult for users to remember all these passwords. The easiest way out is to provide passwordless login options such as login through Google or Microsoft accounts, social media accounts, and biometric authentication.
#8 Interactive design
Interaction design has become one of the most popular trends in the UI/UX design industry. The basic purpose of interactive design is to stir an emotional response among users. They build a deeper connection with the app or website through these designs. For example, if you are enrolling students in your courses, congratulating them when they complete a certain lesson or giving them awards for the successful completion of a test will make them excited and provide the basis for continuing to your courses further.
#9 Personalized experience
There is an unlimited amount of content on the internet. But not that everybody needs everything. In fact, people get distracted or even reluctant when they are dumped upon with too much content. That’s why delivering personalized content that may attract their attention has become a must. With the rise of artificial intelligence and machine learning, tailoring experience to personal interest has become easier.
#10 Augmented reality, Virtual reality, And Metaverse
Augmented reality has been active especially in the real estate industry for a long time. It delivers a wide range of services to your users. Similarly, virtual reality is taking over the world through headsets, giving your users a composite experience. This scenario has become more intensified with the establishment of Metaverse. Tech giants like Facebook, Microsoft, and Roblox are now focusing on the metaverse where users are opting to live these days. This calls for a whole new set of designs and experiences. After a few years, it may become a part of the mainstream but right now there will be huge developments in this ideology and that’s for sure.
Your users have become more conscious, more informed, and more diverse. Their preferences have seen a paradigm shift. And it is necessary for you to have a closer look at it and design your products and websites accordingly. Or else, you may fail to leverage the business opportunity. Check your apps and websites to see if it needs a redesign so that you don’t miss out on the latest trends.
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