The Future is Now: 10 Design Predictions for 2017

2017 is kicking into full gear and new technologies are being introduced every day that are set to revolutionize the way we live, work and play.

Below are a few of the most important design trends of the year according to Nick Babich, developer, tech enthusiast and User Experience (UX) lover.

For the full list of 10 predictions, please refer to the full post on Adobe's blog here.

  1. Evolution of Minimalist Design - 2017 will see a continue use of minimal layouts, and complexion reduction, which will be a big hit. Minimalist design aims to address problems for the users through clear visual communication — by focusing more on bringing forth the user content rather than the UI. A minimalist user interface combined with great usability is impressive in action: an easily navigated, simple app can be a very powerful form of communication.

  1. More Microinteractions - The internet has talked a lot about microinteractions in 2016, and they will continue to trend in 2017. Microinteractions, typically in the form of subtle animations, are playing a vital role in UX design especially on mobile devices where we engage in thousands of microinteractions every time we use our apps. Microinteractions help create memorable experiences by communicating status and changes, drawing attention to certain areas, and providing feedback for completed actions.

  1. Video Becomes King - Vision is said to be the strongest of all human senses. Imagery has long been a staple of user interface design, and its success has slowly paved the way for its natural successor – video. They say a picture paints a thousand words, but a video does that tenfold and there’s a good reason for that — while traditional imagery is static, video is dynamic.

  1. The Rise of Conversational Interfaces - “Chatbot” is one of the hottest terms in our industry right now. We’ve seen chatbot technology integrated into consumer apps for quite some time now — they assist in taking the load off the user when performing general tasks, such as ordering a pizza. In 2017 we’ll see adoption of chatbot technology and conversational interfaces in more and more industries. There is tremendous opportunity and interest in creating holistic conversational solutions and products such as Google Home and Siri will be  a natural next step for chat bots.

  1. Augmented/Virtual Reality - Conversational interfaces won’t be the only exciting technology in 2017. Designers are also going to obsess over augmented and virtual reality, since these technologies can provide brands with a new level of immersive engagement. At the same time it’s a whole new challenge to design UI for a virtual world.

The emergence of augmented reality and virtual reality platforms will have a great impact on modern interaction and visual design. Gestures will be in focus — natural gestures with similar meanings from the real world will help translating actions in the virtual space. 2017 won’t be the “year” of virtual reality— yet. But it will be the year where it will be decided what should and should not be designed for VR.

As with trends of any nature, some come and go, whereas others stay the course and become fundamentals. But one thing for sure – 2017 will be an interesting which will be as much about the technology, as much as the interface design.

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