We spend a large part of our time using mobile applications. We may use them to socialize, to shop, to plan the day, to wake up in the morning, etc. There are more than 2.5 billion smartphone users today and since this is likely to keep increasing, being aware of trends and keeping up with them is crucial when designing mobile applications. Influenced by cultural and technological background, trends tend to establish and change new rules for a particular field. And the mobile application design is not an exception. Though there are numerous mobile app trends for 2017, here is our pick of some of them that we find the most interesting:
Diversity of Colors
In addition to darker backgrounds, new trends come with new rules suggesting some vibrant colors. The statistic shows that the majority of all mobile apps feature white backgrounds.
However, designers should be more flexible. In 2017, they should consider such factors as the time of the day. For instance, lighter colors are better to use when it is day and vice versa.
3D-touch allows to enrich and simplify user interactions by reducing the steps needed to complete the task. This is especially true for mobile gaming application interface.
Typography as a Trend
This is especially important when it comes to tiny screens of wearable devices. Considering an increasing number of phablets and wearable devices, designers should use typography in order to make apps suitable for any gadget in spite of the dimension of the screen.
Undoubtedly, screen sizes are going to keep expanding. This trend is in line with the fact that more and more individuals use Phablets as opposed to small mobile devices.
Wearable Mobile Application Design
As mentioned above, when speaking of design trends, we should take into account not only phablets, tablets and smartphones, but also wearable devices. They include smart glasses and watches. Creating an efficient UI/UX design for such devices as Apple Watch and Android Wear has become a serious challenge for designers in this field. It resulted in limitations when it comes to the size of wearable devices as well as numerous complicated features. The main problem here is to limit the functionality and quantity of data located on the display. So the trend is to stay focused on some basic functions, instead of implementing additional ones.
New Navigation Means
Larger screens mean more space for creativity. In 2017, a good idea is to make apps look more spacious while the managing tools and content can be placed in the context menu.
Along with skeuomorphism and flat design, more recent use of blank space on screens has become an element of design in itself. It is being used in creative ways to improve UX and simplify UI. Blank space helps users focus on specific details on ever-growing screens of devices.
Card Layouts and Swipe Navigation
Card layouts is another great method to make your UX more dynamic and interactive. Currently, there is a wide range of card layouts. Some of them come as efficient social network feeds and boards. They all differ in types and forms, and suit the need of both designers and users. These cards contain a huge portion of useful information, and they are easy to navigate. In addition, due to card layouts design trend, swipe-based stacks have become more popular and convenient.
With the phablet wearable devices trend still thriving, there is even more potential to stand out amongst the crowd by getting creative with your scrolling. Your visitors have gotten comfortable with the idea of parallax scrolling that allows them to easily get from one page to another.
In order to make your UX more significant, interactive, dynamic, and engaging, it is recommended to implement such features as visual effects, zooming, animated response, etc. The main aim of this trend is to let user feel the application from the inside and understand it. However, it does not mean to create animation for animation. The mission of this animation is to serve both entertaining and logical and purposes.
Skeuomorphism makes using new technologies easier since real-world elements are incorporated in application design. Many users enjoy realism in their devices as the line between the digital and real world continues to blur.
Material Mobile Application Design
Material design got its name after flat objects also known as materials. If compared with other trends, material design delivers easier interaction and better users’ experience due to increased functionality, clear iconography, and cleaner schemes. The main idea of this trend is to make it simple and easy for users to engage with all mobile platforms. Material design was titled as one of the catchiest mobile app designs and remained in demand during fall-winter 2016.
These trends don’t seem to disappear especially after the introduction of wearable devices and phablets. When it comes to design, the size and quality always matter. In addition, it seems that material approach may be the main trend for more than a year.