Things always change quickly in the mobile app universe. To reach success in this field of UX design, designers must have prepared for new challenges around the corner and the foresight.
To make it easy, listed the biggest, impactful mobile UX design trends for 2018 and most likely, beyond.
1. User Journey Simplification
When we have an interaction with websites or apps, we have a particular goal. And generally, the less effort we spend on achieving this goal, the better the experience.
• Linear User Flow
So called linear design experience is UX with a specific middle, end, and beginning that give permission to the users to complete one action with each step. Linear user flow consider good for users because it make sure estimating how much time it needs to complete a task.
2. In-app Gestures Paired With Animation
After the iPhone X release designers faced a new challenge. The lack of physical Home button results to the main fact that the most basic interactions with a device are now totally gesture-based. Does it really matter to designers? It means that designers have to pay their main attention on gestures.
Gestural Interfaces: A Step Backwards in Usability The article states critical problems related to gesture-based interactions such as discoverability and learn ability issues. In the attempt to solve those problems, designers will focus on motion design and micro interactions.
Animation will be used:
• To clear the spatial relationships between animated transitions (UI elements)
• To make feedback available on the interaction
3. Content-Centered Experience
Easily accessible and well-curated content is what makes a mobile app development appealing to its intended users. Designers always can keep content front and center in 2018 by:
Improving comprehension and removing visual clutter is a popular Mobile UX Designing Trends today. Designers remove prioritize relevant information (signal) and irrelevant information (noise) by putting content first and elaborating it in the clear visual language.
Must strip away from all the visual clutter which can help you to focus on the core of the message you are trying to communicate.
4. Full-Screen Experiences
After the release iPhone X and Samsung Galaxy S8, frameless design has became a trend. User expects to have full-screen experiences as more screens space give a look to mobile.
HD Images and Videos
Not only is the fact that your app should provide full-screen experience important. Quality of assets contain a direct impact on expectations of user about your app. Images should not appear pixilated on a mobile screen.
5. Vibrant Colors
Color is the most powerful and main tools in the designer’s kit. Color can set a mood, draw attention, influence users’ actions and emotions. When it comes about mobile application design, definitely this is the time of vibrant colors.
Color as Functional Element
Colors are used not only for aesthetics, but they also be a big part of the functional experience. Just like, designers will use color to visually separate different types of notifications.