“Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.”—Arthur C. Clarke
People usually interpret Clarke’s quotation as a positive recognition of the power of technology. The new user interfaces (UIs) of gestures, voice, and chat aspire to magic, enabling people to control technology without any apparent, screen-based user interface. For some designers, this quotation also represents the future of user interfaces. Imran Chaudhri, UI designer for Apple’s iPhone has said:
“I see a natural progression from knobs and dials, to clicks and taps, to swipes and gestures, to voice and emotion.”
Magic is powerful, but as we all know, it also has a dark side. Could today’s trend toward magical user experiences that rely on gestures, voice, and chat spell doom for users? In this article, I’ll take you on a “Magical Mystery Tour” of these new user interfaces. Read More
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
In this edition of Ask UXmatters, members of our expert panel begin their discussion on what they see as the next big thing in User Experience. Of course, our experts have divergent viewpoints and their vision for the future of User Experience varies, so we’ll discuss quite a few different future-focused topics across two parts. In Part 1, the topics under discussion include putting people first, customer experience and service design, and UX strategy. In Part 2, our experts will discuss several other leading-edge topics, including UX training, integrating new technologies into user experiences, and looking at the future of design for the Internet of Things, mobile, motion, and physical environments.
Every month in Ask UXmatters, our panel of UX experts answers our readers’ questions about a broad range of user experience matters. To get answers to your own questions about UX strategy, design, user research, or any other topic of interest to UX professionals in an upcoming edition of Ask UXmatters, please send your questions to: [email protected]Read More