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
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
In this edition of Ask UXmatters, our expert panel discusses some UX trends that have surprised them—because of either their success or failure—or trends they find just plain silly. Read on for their thoughts on personalization, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, skeuomorphism, and more. The panel also considers whether it’s a good idea to follow UX trends.
Every month in my column 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, or 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