When creating an app, it’s critical to not only stay on top of the latest technologies, but to also make sure you’re up to the latest trends in design. Your application’s user interface (UI) has a huge impact on user’s assumptions about overall app quality.
It’s important to keep this in mind: you don’t get a second chance at your user’s first impression of the app. Year to year, trends constantly update alongside the new design techniques and the need to improve the user interface and experience. How many times have you opened an app and immediately gotten off of it, even maybe deleted it, because of your impression on the initial look/feel? I’ll be one to admit, I’ve done it on numerous occasions.
When brining an app idea to life, there’s no sure-path to success at the levels of Instagram, Airbnb, Uber, etc. Statistics show that 60% of mobile apps are never downloaded and of the ones that are, 21% have only been used once (in 2018). Not to make unknown assumptions, but logically as humans, we have tendency to judge a book by its cover. We believe that’s what’s happening with a big majority of apps.
I’d hope at this point, you’ve learned about why UI trends are so vital to the app creation process. You have to leverage the latest trends, which are frequently changing. The bar has been set very high for competition, with bi-annual updates not seeming to be quite enough.
To keep you ahead of the race, here are some of the latest UI trends to follow.
Seamless Design Flow
This is one thing that must be amongst your top in priority. You have to aim to give the perfect experience for the target audience. Make sure that the pages flow seamlessly between one another and the look stays consistent. The user should be able to know how to achieve all of the needed actions from the first page they see.
Although this trend has stuck around from year to year, the ways to facilitate it through the styling of the design have updated year to year.
As you know, now a days images and videos speak louder than words. With technology constantly changing, just any content isn’t enough. You need content that is up to date with the latest ways of engagement.
One of the best strategies is to go for the storytelling approach. If you can introduce your application’s functions with images or a video that engages them, you’re winning.
Using transparency to get different experiences and interface surfaces, is in. You can boost your user’s interface by adding opacity to the app’s experience. You can sometimes manage to give certain features of your app (image showcases maybe) a physical feel. Just be sure to add this where it actually makes sense, possibly in a place where it may add an aesthetic plus.
Look Ma, No Buttons
I’m sure this got your attention. Ever thought about how a user interface would work without any sign of buttons? Well, if you haven’t, you might need a little further explaining: make the interface be intuitive enough so that the user instinctively achieves the action they want, no need for a button to guide them.
This can be noted by Snapchat or Instagram’s “stories” feature, where in order for the user to go between the last and the next piece of content, they simply tap on the left side of the screen or the right, respectively. Predicting what a user wants before they knew they even wanted it… it’s 2019 after all!
Use of Dynamic Colors
Color plays a critical role in the design of the UI for mobile applications. Designers can showcase their creative skills with colors as their tool. Colors grab attention almost like images and videos do and manage to invoke user’s emotions.
Big names in the app industry such as Facebook, Uber, Whatsapp, etc continually revamp their color schemes to adapt to the mood of their users. If these guys are doing it, why should you hold back? Colors are the base ingredients for your app’s feel on your users.
Functional Animations (aka the “ooo this is so cool, let me do that again” factor)
Animations have always been a huge factor in giving your apps a stand-out feel. In 2019, these animations have become more functional.
Map interaction prototype at GitHub
Some of these animations will be easier to imagine and put into play once you already have the base look plotted out and have gotten to play around with a prototype for your app of some sort.
Why You Should Adopt These Upcoming Trends into Your App
Like we started this off, great design is not an option, it’s a must. An app is technology and technology is rapidly changing. To stay in the game, you must stay current.
Stand Out from the Competition
More and more apps are coming to market, so the need to make your application stand out is urgent. Follow the latest trends to not only prevent from falling behind competition, but to also differentiate yourself overall.
Among a lot of these UI trends, the consistent principle is to give your user the best and smoothest experience possible. These trends will ensure that you give them the smoothest.
Your app’s look and feel makes a huge contribution to your ability to promote your brand and business. If your app manages to give its users a “wow” factor, chances are they themselves will talk about it to others. Being able to make the statement that your app is always up to the latest design trends and actually back it up, will push your app/brand into the spotlight.
To Sum it all up…
Times are changing and technology is changing even faster. To make it in the app world, you need to constantly evolve to your user’s wants and needs. To really stand out, you have to continue updating and improving your user’s interface and experience. Times are changing and managing to create a successful app can be tough. Devfuse can be your helping hand along the way.