UI/UX Design Trends for 2020
Twenty design trends for everyone in the world of user interface and experience to watch(out) for in twenty-twenty. #1 Meaningful value As technologies progress and give designers and developers these insanely powerful tools, the tech culture switches the conversation towards meaning and narrative rather than emotion and sensation. Falter Inferno by Wild. A depiction of today’s living hell, daring you to take a look in the mirror. Gestalt theory implies that the whole is greater than the sum of its parts. When we are solving a business problem with design, we are contributing to something bigger than a company’s wellbeing. Affecting people with products is a responsibility beyond judicial. Social impact is gaining momentum and what the company represents while doing its job is as important as the quality of the product or service. Why you do something will be more important than what you do. #2 Astonishing animation There is a misconception that complex animation is hardware dependent to the point where it makes no sense to produce it for the mass run by sluggish processors. Turns out, there are products capable of outperforming industry standards written for slow hardware without relying on hardware manufacturers. GreenSock is such a company. They make plugins and dev tools for interactive animation. Somehow they optimize the process of implementing interactive projects to work on nearly any device “efficiently and buttery smooth.” Corn. Revolution by Resn on GreenSock. Motion tells a story better than words. With better tech like TweenMax and WebGL, it will become about putting substance into the animation. For a lot of design companies, us included, it’s an uncharted terrain but it’s cool to finally get quality animation into masses. This will lead to bullshit saturation and an inevitable purge. Time to make a move. Literally #3 Asymmetry & split screen The block layout is a classic. It reflects an easily digestible flow of information when the concepts have defined boundaries. It caters to the sense of completion and just helps understand the structure better. Blocks mean symmetry. However, there’s an asymmetrical trend that is always there but never makes it to the mainstream. Especially with today’s wide desktop screens. Baas Amsterdam asymmetrical layout. We feel like the coming year is when asymmetry makes another comeback. First, everyone is used to dealing with multiple tools all battling for the screen estate. We feel comfortable with split-screen setups and this principle is making its way into single-platform layouts as well. 2019 Annual Digest by Abb-d Choudhury and Sara Scobie. What was originally a utilitarian approach to give two separate information blocks in one screen, now becomes a visually appealing way to present any type of information just because. The queen of asymmetry in 2019 is Zhenya Rynzhuk. Excited to see her progress. Give her a follow. Split. #4 Low-key gradients The general design trend technology is gearing towards is automation, AI delegation, less is more and everything of that kind. It’s not to write about those anymore. However, the visual elements attributed to that kind of design are making its way into what is still a heavily-human job. One of those is subtlety in colors, also, simplification and reduction. The idea that is something is smart and automated brings the light and dreamy tinges. #10 Quota – Get your daily quote ✌️Animation by Sebastian Jungbluth 2018 was a year of blue and purple gradients. 2019 is the same but softer. Expecting to see more of that dilution in 2020. Doctor fire with water. #5 Harmonious colors The colors of 2020 combine “optimism with understatement, a timeless way to lighten up.” Overall,…
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