UI/UX design language has evolved a lot from last decade with the end of the decade. We saw last decade beginning with Android taking its first true visual identity with Android 2.3 Gingerbread with its UI design. The Android 5.0 release introduced the material design language that google still uses, this was the beginning of new phase for the UI design. Parallelly Apple with iOS 7 changed the design towards more glassmorphic and brighter UI language. We entered the new decade adopting some new and carrying some of the same elements forward but the unexpected year 2020 influenced some of the elements to how the future design language should shaped. Let’s see the further the UI trends that are here to last for 2021.
Simpler intuitive UX/UI processes
A very understated yet an important trend, not visual in any way.
It’s noticeable that companies are realising the over-complications in the processing of product design. It is exhausting for product developers, for clients, and mostly for the product itself that run on it.
One of the hottest upcoming design trends for 2021 in dark mode or dark theme and it allows highlighting & contrasting other design elements. With the use of OLED/AMOLED display technology, with them it improves battery life along with wide gamut bright colours. With operating systems like iOS, Android, and even social media apps like Instagram allows dark mode. The benefit of dark themes is it reduces eye stress while keeping the content immersive. So far, many applications offer the dark mode and there are several devices in the market that have this feature where users can schedule times to charge their device appearance automatically, like what Apple did in IOS 14 update.
Integrating real-life photography with graphic elements
Overlaying images on to the graphics, this trend gain popularity in 2021. This new trend is organic and malleable, allows to create extraordinary user interfaces. Adding photos with illustrations develops a unique message of the webpage and it is the best way to create personalised aesthetics for your website. This dissolves complex parts, which enables to translate abstract concepts. It provides an extra-personality to your page.
Soft shadows, layers and floating elements
Often also referred as Glassmorphism or glass like feel effect to the UI develop dimensions on your website and they give the 3D space elements to your website. This new trend can be experienced and applied on images, videos, alphabetics etc. this allows creating a design with differentiated layers to work with and gets away with flat lifeless and boring design. This technology allows high loading speed as well and it is best suitable for mobile devices. This effect can be used for design elements to revamp the user experience.
Virtual Assistants and Voice User Interface (VUI)
The innovations in AI further led to Voice chatbot and virtual assistants and it is one of the upcoming trends in designing websites. With the pandemic hit services sector, businesses move to AI bases chat and voice assistants to handle the customer query traffic enabling the efficient use of time use while keeping the costs low, by adding these features to website design helps to keep up with competitive industry. While industry giants Google and Apple enabled the voice assistant interface in their UI/UX design process. By adding this trend you can become a competitive while taking a leap ahead from your peers.
3D Realistic textures and illustrations
Delicate gradients and smooth symmetrical objects have dominated the UX design for years, no we see textures coming back as a design element. This trend is all set to explode in UI/UX design. As humans we tend to focus on contours and highlights, specifically in peripheral vision. The UI/UX designers can easily design the relevant type of textures based on aesthetics of program.
Bold, modern typography
Enough of the examples of bold, modern and sophisticated typography playing the leading role as in design element. Sometimes the result completely changes the aesthetics of the result just based on typography.
At KodeLogix, we believe that the goal of UI/UX design is to help users to achieve their expectations. We believe in unique & engaging user interface to our clients based on their requirements