2017 saw some incredible changes in UX, and now 2018 seems set to accomplish even more incredible things. Keeping a close eye on these top UX design trends of 2018 will allow you to deliver a higher-quality experience to all of your users, increasing the odds that they will keep coming back to your brand.
It’s no longer about a touch-screen interface. Many users are now looking for a screenless design that allows them to go hands-free with their devices while still experiencing that incredible convenience. It’s estimated that by 2022, 55% of American homes will have voice-activated devices. That technology is still growing, which means plenty of opportunities for designers to improve the user experience.
Trend #2: The Dissolution of the UX Designer
The role of UX designer has seen incredible transformation as technology has grown. While user experience is a more critical part of design than ever, the single role of UX designer is slowly disappearing, replaced by more specific roles that do a better job of specifically describing the capability of the individual while simultaneously showcasing exactly how many elements go into the design process.
VR is a more popular concept than ever–and it’s one that’s quickly becoming reality in several industries. In order to get a great VR experience, however, UX design is more critical than ever. As a result, many of the elements of this field will find themselves showing up more and more often in UX design. VR needs to be immersive, telling an incredible story as it makes the user forget that the world they’ve entered isn’t real.
Today’s customers don’t want the same generic experience that you’d give to anyone. That want an experience that’s personalized just for them. UX designers must recognize these trends, from the timing of push notifications for users to in-app chat options that can help make it easier for users to interact both with the app and with one another. Users want personalized notifications that bring their attention to the things they’ve taught the app that they like–and they expect their apps to deliver.
While some designers are skeptical about whether or not the industry will fall in line, accessibility is one of the most critical elements of UX in 2018. From changing font sizes that make it easier for anyone to use an app to features designed to accommodate disabilities, accessibility is one of the most important elements you can bring to any design.
Today’s users are more connected to one another than ever, and they want to be able to share those critical experiences with the people who are closest to them. They want app features that allow them to immediately live stream video, connect with friends, and interact with their environments. These apps cannot afford to ignore the demand for immediacy, because users who want it all, want it immediately, and they quickly turn away from apps and platforms that don’t offer that convenience.
Project management workflow and other business tools are becoming increasingly important to users, and 2018 is the year of their rise. In order to create a spectacular user experience, many brands are discovering the need to create tools that help increase business efficiency and make it easier for their users to handle their workloads.
If you want to create an amazing user experience for your brand, Bootstrap boards are perfect for taking care of your needs. They’re an ideal product for prototyping, brainstorming during that critical phase of the design process, and improving teamwork across your department. If you’re ready to take your UX design to the next level, Bootstrap boards are here to help create a better experience for your team.