Mobile UX Design Trends to Watch Out for in 2020
Reading back this post from December 2018, it seems that not much has changed, and many of the trends are still happening: chromeless designs, gestures, gradients, deep flat, big bold fonts, and more, they are still here and will remain dominant during 2020. Here’s a closer look at some new mobile trends that will continue to grow in 2020: 1. Dark mode Yep, I know that’s old news already, but you know what they say: “once apple decides to go black, no one can go back…”. With the release of iOS13, dark mode has become built-in in every mobile app running on Apple devices. This is, of course, not just an Apple thing, as Android and Windows also support this mode, but Apple has its’ way of pushing such initiatives really fast, with devices that are almost immediately up-to-date with the latest OS version and a developers community that is very disciplined and following Apple’s guidelines. Personally speaking, I’m not a huge fan of this mode, mainly because most apps are currently using pure black and white colors that are awful bad for the eyes and causing eye strain. The rule is simple: Don’t use pure black on a pure white background. (Check out my guide: designing text in products)Most designers know this (just check out most of the websites or apps and you will realize the black is usually a dark gray), but for some reason, too many app developers neglected the opposite rule, which applies for designing dark modes: Don’t use pure black as your dark mode background. Unfortunately, many apps are using pure black as a background, causing overstimulation. Looking forward to 2020, I’m pretty sure this will be solved.I believe we will see app designers gradually optimizing their dark mode designs, adding some creativity to it, but also making it easier on the eyes. Some companies (such as Notion and Slack) are doing it already: Vibrant colors on pure black are overstimulating for the eyes. Use dark gray instead. 2. Giant phones are the new standard A year ago giant smartphones were still a “trend”, but now they’re the standard:In October 2018, only 16.3% of Missbeez mobile on-demand app users were using large iPhone models (X/XS/XR, etc.). It’s now December 2019, and this number is 41%, and growing on a monthly basis. This allows developers to double and triple the content of their apps without creating clutter or compromising on whitespaces. 3. Diversifiable design Big phones provide larger screens which make it possible to combine multiple view types in one screen without creating a mess: shortcuts, stories, photo carousels, tab-bars, there’s room for a combination of them due to growing screen real-estate. Here’s a perfect example by Yelp: Larger phones make it possible to combine multiple view types in one screen without creating a mess 4. The branding is gone, but the brand remains I mentioned this one last year and the trend of hiding brand-related elements such as colors, icons and logos continued in 2019 and will probably continue in 2020. The last app to go through a major facelift was Spark, which used to be all blueish and built out of frames and borders, and was just recently redesigned to be all white and clean, just like most of the leading apps. No more brand colors and images – it’s all about content. So companies continue to get rid of unneeded colors and visuals, to free up space for more content, but more importantly – make it easier for the users to concentrate, and focus on what’s really important. Before you continue – check out the following: 5. Navigation controls go all the way to the bottom: As devices are getting bigger, it’s…
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