Now that 2016 is gone and done with, Designing, prototyping, and UX are trending to new levels as we move into 2017. While it is difficult to predict the digital landscape, there are some thoughts and predictions that might give you some insight into what to expect prepared by Binariks.com.
Experts believe there will be less focus on aesthetics and more on usability. UI pattern libraries and style guides will become the norm, allowing for more consistent, practical, and usable experiences. Designers will be more involved in strategies rather than visuals as more businesses realize the importance of design and UX research. Unfortunately, UX could cause digital products to lose their luster and characteristics in the process.
There are many different prototyping tools that launched over the past few years which means a larger demand for prototyping and interaction design. Interaction designers are searching to create a more natural interface and focusing on how it feels to the user. Chat bots are a leading example of removing the UI from interactions, making them more personable.
Creating a new field of opportunities for UI and product designers seeking a third dimension to their work is on the rise. Exploring the technologies of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality will get the attention of the masses in 2017.
More natural user interfaces and bot interfaces will increase during 2017. Shared economy applications and social collaborations are also on the rise. Users are becoming more trusting which will bring about new services and applications, mostly through mobile apps. Mobile UI elements in web applications have seriously developed over the past few years and will continue to throughout 2017.
Gone will be the standard menu replaced by tab bars, priority+ menus, and other forms of navigation. Designers are still more focused on mobile while desktop experiences are really weak and incomplete. This year will usher in a renewed interest in designing a better desktop experience, not at its expense. There will be more creative experiences that are appropriate for every device being used.
As interface technology continues to grow, static mockups will fade into the sunset. There will be a renewed interest in tight collaboration between designers and developers. Neither can do much without the other, so working together will make for greater changes.
Joanna Ngai, author of “UX for Beginners: A practical handbook on the space of user experience design and strategy” believes there will be:
• Continual growth of mobile-first, mobile only markets
• Consumers looking to mobile as a tool before and during transactions
• Integration between mobile, social, and commerce
Adrian Zumbrunnen, UX/UI Designer:
Fewer apps, less fragmentation, and a movement toward a more centralized web.
Messaging will continue to grow, more businesses will offer their services within messaging.
Websites and unique design will be less important.
Content and immediate value will be at the center of everything.