Every year trends disrupt and cast the shape of the design industry. This is backed by the fact that in the last 2 years a few technologies which formerly emerged as trends have now become the reality of the design world. This is the reason why the face of UX design is always changing.
As we step forward in 2019, the user-centered design will become the top priority for companies. As the UX design is shifting up on the priority scale soon it will become an essential element in the customer/business relationship. Let’s take a closer look at the emerging UX trends which can ignite a major transformation in the design industry in times to come.
Alexa and Google are ruling over the market and the market is only going to expand for voice UIs. They have become an integral part of the lives of people these days. As a matter of fact, 40% of adults now use voice search at least once per day. The button-less and navigation less experience is clearly very intuitive and enticing.
The convenient interaction that voice UI offers will be a great aid for visually impaired and illiterate for accessing the web in the years ahead.
Mass production is no longer a suitable option for survival in the market in 2019 as the market is full of one-size-fits-all products and services. With the technological apprehension, the user standards have raised. Now, the consumers are expecting the brands to provide personalized experiences, tailored specifically around the user needs.
This is all possible with the advancement in machine learning and artificial intelligence technologies. Brands like Netflix have already adopted the practice of content curation according to user needs with their proprietary algorithm.
Users have more digital accounts and devices than ever which means a simplified authentication method will go a long way. A password less approach makes the users' life easy and convenient. In the year 2019, you might see a generous implementation of password-less login methods like temporary passwords, biometric authentication, and even a link. Slack, Medium and Notion are the first in adopting a password-less login mechanism.
This is a necessary step as the password problem is overwhelming from the users' angle. Users spend a ridiculously ample amount of time thinking of a password which is easy to remember and difficult to guess. This doesn’t stop here, there are more requirements for a perfect password like Uppercase letters, Numeric and Special characters. Setting difficult passwords is not the end to the continued issue, recalling these complicate passwords when needed is another upsetting factor. In such a scenario, we expect a rather early implementation of the simplified authentication process.
With mass adoption, the number of wearables will grow from 325 million in 2016 to 830 million in 2020. With wearable devices, basic operations like tracking the health, answering the phone call, making the payments can be done easily. From being just a fashion fad, smartwatches have upgraded to a level where they can practically replace a mobile phone.
The wearable technology is not just limited to smartwatches, it has expanded in the healthcare industry where it can help in taking ECG, measuring stress levels, monitoring sleep and even acting as a hearing aid for challenged people.
These days users like to hoard more information and content on the screen which is why device makers are trying to free up the screen real estate to the maximum extent. This led to eliminating the home button from the screen in the physical form and then from the screen as well. The era in which UX is primarily dependent on gestures began here. iPhone X laid the foundation of this trend which was later picked up by Google Pixel 3.
This is a challenging job for the UX designers to apprehend to the user’s intuitive pursuits. But it is rather imperative for the designers to emulate to the basic human intuitions for delivering smooth user experience with drags, swipes, flicks, and anything which counts as a natural instinct.
In 2019, the priority will be to provide a smooth user experience over an increasing number of connected devices creating device-agnostic user experiences. The UX designers will be focusing on creating a more dynamic user experience and follow the user journey as a whole instead of following a device-centric approach.
As we have stated earlier, the screen real estate of a device will grow based on the information hoarding needs of the users. Also, larger screen size improves multitasking, improve the grip of the phone and enhances VR experience. The only issue with such displays is that they take away the clickable elements away from the natural thumb movement. This led to the era of bottom navigation which is now accepted widely in the industry. Now the UX designers will have to bring greater value and navigation solutions in the lower half of the mobile screen.
2019 will prove as a remarkable year in terms of UX trends. We have proceeded in the era of offering intuitive, user-friendly, and efficient designs. Do you need any assistance in UX designing? Let us help you, drop your details here and we will get back to you.
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