The year 2018 is going to be a great turning point in the digital world, it is a universe that is constantly growing and progressing. In order to succeed in this field this year, it is therefore important to stay up to date on both the UX and UI sides, it is time to prepare and plan for tomorrow’s innovations and advancements.
Through this article, we will present the most important trends that will mark the year 2018.
by Sang Nguyen
With the technological advancements that 2018 offers us, which can be found in the application world, it is now possible to make any application more attractive to the user by animating its path through the interface. During this, each animated transition allows the user to remain entertained and makes the application more interactive. All the graphic elements of each page react simultaneously giving us a symbiosis and a complete animation when moving from one screen to another. These elements are scalable and can be adapted according to their usefulness, such as changing from a simple boxing box to a cover or an article.
by Gleb Kuznetsov
As applications become more and more intuitive, guiding the user from start to finish, it is important to keep the design simple and efficient, so we have a much more minimalist approach. The use of vivid colours is becoming increasingly trendy for the year 2018, in the form of a global ambience in the application, contrasted with black or white. The use of a colour theme allows the user to be guided during the journey and to understand directly where he or she needs to interact.
Use of Card
To focus the user’s attention, the use of cards in the structure of the application is appropriate and very useful. These cards in different forms will evolve through the interface allowing us to navigate simply and in an organized way, going from one part to another. It also allows you to group together a summary of the information before selecting the card, which will evolve into a final page of more detailed details.
For several years, the use of the burger menu was privileged in the application world, allowing the user to navigate directly using this icon. It was therefore absolutely necessary to go through this step to go from one page to another, which complicates the interface. Nowadays, the establishment of a tab-bar, allows us directly classify the most important elements of this burger menu, giving us direct access to other pages and simplifying the user’s journey.
This old way of classifying the different parts of an application, it no longer serves the same purpose today. In this year 2018, the appearance of the horizontal scroll also resembling the action of a menu, allows us to classify more content on the same page. Today, we can say that the burger menu is no longer really useful through an application because of these technological advances that allow us to navigate much more easily and clearly.
by Adrian Reznicek
With the help of behavioral analysis on users, our applications are now able to adapt according to the use. Indeed, each user has its own way of working during his or her journey through each interface and it is therefore important to simplify the task by adapting to his or her request. This change is being made today, mainly at the level of the tab-bar which will change its redirection characteristics depending on the user. On messenger, for example, a person who uses his or her camera as a priority, will have a redirection icon added to his or her tab-bar when taking a picture, unlike a person who does not use it.
by Max Ekzarkho
With this same behavioral analysis, our applications are also able to organize the actions of each user, they go from point A to point B, simplifying the task as a kind of tutorial pushed directly integrated into the architecture. The 2018 applications will have to connect their entire structure to understand the user’s flow according to their search or navigation, to avoid any loss of time or misunderstanding.
AR & VR
by Gleb Kuzetsov
The year 2017 was a landmark year in the field of augmented reality and virtual reality, which are technologies that have evolved the most over the course of this year. The use of 3D or 360° environment promises to be revolutionary in the field of applications for 2018. Indeed, it is a new asset that can be proposed to the user, communicating and interacting directly with the world around him, it is a kind of connection between his digital world and his everyday life. It is now possible to guide, inform or even entertain people more easily and to use one’s own gestures.
To simplify and guide as much as possible, level usage is recommended when the user travels through the application. It will first start on a level 1, where it will make its first choices of direction and then move on to a higher level (level 2), specific to the game selected in level 1. This will allow each user to be framed, avoiding getting lost in the application. Once in level 2, it will be able to interact with the proposed elements, specific to the level selected to move it to a level 3 by giving it proposals of choice and thus complete its part, its level.
by Adrian Reznicek
To hide the complexity of an application, it is important to work with a minimal structure, allowing the user to navigate simply and intelligently from the first time he or she gets started. The user needs to understand from the outset which side of the application he/she is on, in the form of impulsive action. The use of the tab-bar is a perfect example. Indeed, by means of a well-constituted tab-bar, the user knows directly where he has to go to interact and achieve what he wants to accomplish. It is a simple and straightforward way to start your journey.