The decade is half over—so it’s as good a time as any to reflect on what’s important in UX design. We are fast approaching 2020, the year corporations are holding up as the finish line for the promised land of a digital revolution. What trends are signposts toward the future as we approach 2020? After reflecting on my experiences, working as a designer of corporate Web sites over the past five years, I’ve decided to write a series of articles about trends I think will still be relevant in 2020.
Plenty of trends have hit since 2010: Responsive Web Design (RWD), Big Data, and wearable technology to name just a few. Five years ago, the focus was on adapting Web designs to iPhones and Android smartphones. Since then, we’ve learned to design for tablets, HD wide-screen monitors, and now, the miniature screens of wearables such as Apple Watch, which was introduced in 2015. Technology and device trends will come and go, but simple, clean, well-tested, Web user interfaces, provide the best user experience across platforms. Read More
When creating a new visual design for a software user interface, don’t just adopt the popular style of the year. Instead, get to know your audience by conducting user research, then deliver a design that’s appropriate for that audience. In this article, I’ll offer some process tips that will help you to make your next visual design project a success.
That Is So 2014!
For the past 18 months, there has been a lot of discussion around design styles. Realism versus flat design has been the biggest point of debate. I follow many designers on Dribbble, a popular design-sharing site. If you peruse the user-interface mockups that appear on Dribbble—for example, those shown in Figure 1—you’ll notice that they all look very similar. Nothing really stands out. What is the common thread? It’s clear that flat design is the current flavor of choice. But will this still be the trend in three years? I doubt it. Read More
Times of uncertainty—whether because of economic, political, or societal changes—are good times for consultants. The more problems there are, the more insecure people are about deciding how to address them, so there is good and plentiful work for consultants, including UX consultants. Last year, 2014, was a great year for User Experience as we saw many organizations develop a more robust understanding about what User Experience is and is not—and more importantly, how User Experience has evolved to become part of the larger revolution known as Customer Experience.
Over the holiday season in December, I read about 20 articles and blog posts on predictions of User Experience trends for 2015. As happens every year, I agreed with some of them, while I thought others were ahead of their time by anywhere from one to five years. And I disagreed with many. Read More