A list of the top user interface (UI) design trends that dominate 2022 and beyond.
As the pandemic persists, we see technologies evolve and customer behavior shift as companies continue to opt for accessible Covid-centric designs. People are tasked to be reliant on the Internet with information on this virus being disseminated online, and digital systems implemented by governments worldwide facilitate contact tracing efforts in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Accessibility became the priority. Simple navigation, large typography, and clear directions were critical (even life-saving). Having a good UI design depends on the current state of the world and where the industry is headed, and right now, it seems like accessibility is still king.
What are the latest UI design trends?
Let’s take a look at the latest UI trends that will dominate this year and get you your users’ attention, as well as impact your design style.
#1: Voice-activated User Interfaces
Voice-activated user interfaces may seem futuristic but they have already hit the mainstream market, thanks to Siri, Amazon Alexa, Samsung Bixby, and the Google Nest home devices. These interfaces allow users to interact with the UI using speech or voice commands, and its not hard to understand why its trending. People want speed and convenience, and with voice-activated user interfaces, they are able to get that without having to even touch their devices, let alone spend time navigating through their home screens to find a specific app. This is especially true for older users who aren’t familiar with their smartphones so its more accessible for them to just talk to it.
#2: Dark Mode
Dark Mode, also referred to as night mode, dark theme, or something of that sorts has been an aesthetic choice offered many popular websites and applications that we access today. It is instantly recognizable and is an alternative to the default look we usually see on traditional platforms, with white backgrounds. Instead, it usually features light colored fonts on top of dark backgrounds, resulting in an aesthetic that's sleeker and sharper.
But dark mode isn't just an aesthetic difference. It has a couple of advantages too. For starters, it has better text readability and is better for reducing eye strain while using the device at night or in a dark room. It also reduces screen glare and minimizes blue light. These advantages are very relevant in the pandemic context as we spend more time at home on our devices rather than going outside.
#3: Bold Typography
Did you notice that web typography is getting bigger and bolder? That's because bold typography is one of the easiest ways to grab users' attention. Popular websites such as Dropbox, Drift, and Nike are adopting this technique and it looks like bold typography is here to stay. With a straightforward and proactive approach, this design trend is sure to continue to grow in 2022.
#4: Amazing User Onboarding Experiences
Onboarding helps give users a sense of what they’ll need to do in order to get what they need from an app or product. It’s a way of building confidence and trust with your user, which not only helps them but is key to better conversion and retention for your business. When millions of people are forced to deal with the task of installing and using video conferencing and remote-work services, the power of good user onboarding experience goes a long way.
You can have a great platform or service with exceptional designs, but if people don’t know about them or how to use them, they’re of no use to anyone.
Why follow UI design trends?
User interfaces are always evolving, and just like anything else that develops, new trends are continually emerging and growing. Professionals should stay informed on the current trends and be able to leverage them for relevancy and success. An updated design gives your users a feeling of freshness and proves the commitments of the company to the product.
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