As a mobile app developer, you must always be on the lookout for current trends in the industry to ensure your app is up-to-date with users’ needs. This includes both your app’s interface and the resulting user experience. Because unless your UI is simple enough for a user to interact with, you can’t provide a good experience that will make the user come back for your brand and its services.
In today’s tech industry, UI demands have increased from just making your app efficient to use; you need to keep an eye out for aesthetics, appeal, and even storytelling in order to get, and hold, a user’s attention. Hence, you need to blend both functionality and design in order to create mobile apps that are appealing to the user. In this blog, we’ll have a look at some UI design trends you need to follow in 2022 to make sure your app is up-to-date with all popular demands.
Derived from skeuomorphism, a term that describes objects depicting their real-world counterparts, Neumorphism takes a minimalist approach to any design, adding interactive elements, while also providing a 3D feel to elements. It includes a blend of Skeuomorphic layouts with a touch of flat 2D designs, making these designs sit on top of backgrounds, and appear quite appealing to the masses.
Neumorphic designs consist of elements placed in a raised shape on the background, mostly with the help of similar materials. The UI elements are put behind the background rather than blended with it, giving a feeling that the elements exist inside it.
Dark mode may not be a new interface theme, but it’s definitely one of the most popular ones. The dark mode has visual, economic, and productive benefits. This mode is effective in improving a phone’s battery life, further, it’s easy on the user’s eyes and provides a more sleek look to every app, making an app’s interface more aesthetically pleasing.
According to experts, rounded shapes are psychologically considered mysterious or magical due to their circled/oval shape that seems to have no beginning or end. For this purpose, most round shapes are considered to be friendlier, softer, and more perfect since they don’t have any sharp edges. Hence, using rounded shapes in mobile app UI can create a more pleasing and friendly feel, helping distress the user and eliminating negative experiences.
Most app developers are moving toward realistic design trends in 2022, but many brands are still keen on exploring more abstract and geometric patterns rather than realistic trends.
These designs can easily be utilized in place of pictures in case you don’t have a huge amount of high-res photos at your disposal. These shapes aren’t too hyped up, so they can easily hold a user’s attention, especially with the right colors, without hindering their efficiency of using the app.
With most phones being equipped with OLED screens, app designers are leveraging this to add brighter colors in mobile apps, making them pop and look appealing to the user. Hence, powerful and bold colors that designers ignored in the past are now becoming the trend, i.e. neon colors, purple, pink, blue, etc. are all popular on app stores.
Subtle animations are being explored by developers in their app designs with increasing pace nowadays. Informative, minimal, yet crisp animations create an efficient user experience that also utilizes storytelling in the process, keeping one’s interest intact. Most brands are also looking into adding animations that better describe their brand image, making users feel closer to them while interacting with their app.
Minimalism has been a trending topic for the last few years, and it’s safe to say that this feature is here to stay. Implementing it in your app’s UI design can make it more simple, clear, and easy to use. App developers need to understand that you don’t have to utilize every available space and fill it with elements, this will make the design too loud for users to be satisfied. Therefore, leaving some white space can make your app seem more uncluttered, professional, and clean.
You don’t have to intentionally leave white spaces, that will just make the app seem incomplete. Rather, you need to harmoniously blend every element on a single screen in such a way that the screen gives an aesthetic feel without taking away from the simplicity and efficiency it should possess.
Illustrations have been in use for some years now, but mostly without creating an emotional impact. We’re hoping that in 2022, this will change as the use of emotions also becomes part of illustrations in mobile apps, creating a more relatable feel for the user.
These illustrations can be aimed at providing more information, that can be easily used by educational apps or charity organizations to attract the audience in a more connectable way.
Most of these trends are what you should look out for in 2022 since they’ll dictate how mobile app designs will evolve in the next decade. Designers should be looking into interfaces that appeal to a wider audience, while also increasing interactive features with personalized elements. The main goal in 2022 is for developers to come up with secure yet simple and accessible interfaces that users can benefit from. This should be a fun challenge to revolutionize how