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Buttonless design & Liquid Swipe
It’s been a long time since any of us used a mobile with real physical buttons. With screen space freed, product designers can provide users with more information. All the attention is focused on the content, while gestures are used instead of digital buttons.
Source: Nature Encyclopedia App
Liquid swipe effect is taking the use of gestures to the next level. This amazing effect is available on GitHub as an open source.
With mobile phones screens getting bigger, these devices are becoming better suited for multitasking. However, bigger screens aren’t always handy when it comes to the natural movement of the thumb. This is why the focus has shifted towards bottom navigation making it an industry standard.
In 2020, the bottom navigation bar is evolving into bottom sheets. You can see them in some mobile apps already. These bottom sheets rely on a swipe-up gesture making more options available.
In 2020, mobile app personalization is likely to gain more momentum. A personalized user experience is becoming a “must-have” in mobile development. AI and machine learning are making personalization easier. Take streaming services like SoundCloud or even YouTube where AI analyzes a user’s preferences to provide song suggestions. Also, bucket list and fitness apps provide enhanced personalization to their users.
Source: To Do App / Microsoft Design
Following changes in the design of mobile devices, apps have acquired round corners as well. Contrary to popular belief, round forms don’t serve the aesthetic purposes only. User experience also improves as information becomes easier to process.
Source: Vegan Recipe App / tubik
With so many apps used on a daily basis, remembering passwords becomes more challenging. A poll by Intel Security that dates back to 2016, suggests 37% of users forget a password at least once a week. In 2020, password-less login methods are likely to become more popular.
There are a few forms of password-less login already used in mobile apps. For instance, biometric authentication (fingerprint or facial recognition). Also, one-time temporary passwords (Ebay) and sign-ins links (Medium).
Source: Tesco Bank App
Without a doubt, animation can elevate user experience. Actions confirmation, state changes descriptions, more rhythmical interactions can convey plenty of information. Animation has become the part of storytelling for the brand. Using movie-like scenes helps convey the information and morph it from frame to frame.
Source: Music News App / tubik
Source: Finance App Interactions / tubik
3D and faux-3D design
Using 3D objects in mobile apps design is nothing new. With the help of 3D and faux-3D objects in mobile UI, designers make mobile interactions more realistic. Skillfully executed 3D or pseudo-3D can help recreate the feeling you get playing a video game.
Gradients are getting a new life in 2020. This time, however, gradients are more about vibrant colors used as background. They tend to have a clear light source. Vibrant color palette not only brings depth and dimension to the UI design. It also creates positivity. Also, gradients are shifting towards subtlety and simplicity in terms of styling.
As design is becoming more ‘emotional,’ product designers are leaving ‘neutral’ behind. In 2020, we are likely to see more design experiments aimed to create an emotional impact. Also, designers are eager to experiment with various illustration styles. Their primary goal is to create products that users can relate to on an emotional level.
As of late, more apps are switching to the dark themes. Take Instagram, as they introduced the dark theme with an iOS 13 update. Why is there so much hype about it? In a nutshell, dark themes have two advantages in terms of elevating user experience. First of all, they reduce eye strain as they help adjust the brightness of the screen to current lighting. Secondly, they reduce the use of light pixels, which saves up the battery power.
Source: Smart Home Controller / Ramotion in User Interface Design
People are buying more devices per capita. Statista suggests, there will be around 6.58 network connected devices per person around the globe by 2020. The way people access information is changing. Switching from one device to another becomes natural for a typical user journey.
Designers will have to think out of the box as thinking ‘desktop’ and ‘mobile’ categories is not enough anymore. Thinking in terms of the user journey is more beneficial results in developing device-agnostic design. This way, users will have a smooth user experience irrespective of the device. Here’s an example of device-agnostic experience while booking a flight on a mobile and smartwatch: