2019 UI and UX Design Trends

It feels like we’re getting somewhere with all the tools, advancements in technology, and growth of our understanding of how user-facing products really have to work.

A Prediction of Mobile Ui Design Trends

Last year we put together a prediction of mobile UI design trends. This year, we’re going deeper and beyond just mobile. Because the number one trend in modern design is context. There are no generalizations anymore. Everything is in context and connected.

Sooner than later, we’ll develop the mindset for universal design that encompasses everything we produce, and not just sell. The way we do things for ourselves needs better design choices. The way we even sound as nations can be designed in a better way. Still, a far cry from where we could be in the future, let’s get into the interface and experience design trends of 2019.

Traditionally, we’ll put a fly in the ointment of every trend as a reminder to keep tabs on things to avoid abuse.

Mighty Browsers

A browser is not only the internet’s vehicle, but it is also a means to deliver impact. Browsers are getting faster, more powerful, and attractive.

  • Browser benchmarks and performance tests prove significant performance boosts for most popular browsers.
  • Increases in speed due to streaming compilation impact design big time. Mozilla reports the new compiler to be 10–15 times faster than the previous optimizing compiler.
  • All modern browsers support WebGL 2 which allows for a whole new level of 3D texture and object rendering, fragment depth, and vertex array objects.

Web and mobile browser capabilities are bridging the gap between conceptual design and reality.

Yeah, but all the advancements in browsers still promote their separate value without impacting the industry on a higher level. Because so much is going on on the web it’s hard for browser developers to come up with universal solutions and clean up the internet.

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Browsers might be awesome but if they access poor websites, they become contaminated with bad UX. We have to force better design choices to unfold the current potential of web browsers.

Purposeful Animation

Among everything, new browser capabilities opened the door for animation. Not just as the motion of elements, but a legit design opportunity. The discipline known as motion design involves a lot of design aspects but intersects with psychology and biology.

We see this field of knowledge being explored even deeper in 2019. Complexity replaces fad as the main characteristic feature of animation in design. Motion and transitions convey a lot of information that otherwise would be lost.

The estate between screens used to be a no-man’s land. Now it’s your backyard.

Engaging a customer on a deeper level means staying with them every second of the interaction and making every second count. Designers are grasping this opportunity before it gets poisoned by blunt marketing.

Motion design also reaches beyond just presentation and gap filling. It is now an embedded part of branding. Still, logos are totems. It’s our imagination and experience that revive them. Why not tap into that imagination and ensure it steers the right way?

Motion speaks better than lighting, positioning, and materials. Motion tells a story. If you can make your logomark part of your story by putting in some extra thought, I say go for it.