This year has been remarkably huge for the mobile app market, as well as the digital realm all-around. Regardless if it’s a grocery app, or one that guides you through your next workout, mobile apps are a pretty big part of our lives. So that’s why we decided it’d be interesting to talk a bit about UI/UX design trends that are likely to be popular in 2021.
What Is UI & UX?
While the terms have been around for over twenty years, a large number of people still confuse one for the other. The commonly accepted version is that UI stands for User Interface, while UX stands for User Experience. So, what’s the difference?
We know it can be a bit confusing, especially when you’re dealing with the two terms for the first time. While User Interface and User Experience sound quite similar, they employ two different skill sets. In other words, a UX designer won’t be able to do much for your UI, and vice-versa.
A UX Designer will typically be in charge of development, testing, analytics, and strategy for content. A UI Designer, on the other hand, will handle graphics, design, branding, and the overall look and feel of your app.
And while the two can sometimes overlap, it’s worth remembering they are not the same thing.
The Biggest UI/UX Trends
Whether you fall in with the UX people or are more of a UI person, you need to be well-informed about all the coming trends and fashions in this field. What are people liking, in terms of app design, right now? What are they likely to prefer, based on analytics and predictions, in 2021?
- Voice commands are rising in popularity
Touchscreens used to be a big thing, once, but now, it’s all about voice. Given the fast-paced life we seem to be living, people prefer more and more apps that allow them to interact with it through voice commands, rather than tactile ones.
- Dark themes are a big favorite
Officially, the main reason you should use the “Dark Mode” or “Night Mode” on your app is so as to prevent eye strain and reduce blue light exposure during the night hours, when your brain is trying to go to bed. The unofficial reason we’re so attracted to “Dark Modes” is that they just look cool. And believe us when we say, “Dark Mode” is going to be a big part of 2021.
- Passwords are becoming a thing of the past
Passwords take effort and time and tend to be easy to forget. This is why as 2021 looms near, more and more app developers are switching to other log-in methods, such as through fingerprints or face scanning. Let’s be honest, people don’t want to remember the password they set on this account five years ago, so don’t make them.
What’s one UI/UX trend we’ll be seeing more of in 2021, according to you?