2019 introduced a number of disruptive tech products that have drastically shifted the field of UX design.
This post will take a look at 9 of the most crucial and essential rising trends in mobile UX design today.
9 Mobile UX Design Trends for 2020
1. The Disappearance of Mega Drop-Down Menus
When it comes down to full-screen navigation menus, they are essentially quite frustrating. Even though they try to adopt the most simple layout possible, they can be quite frustrating to users. The menu flashes up whenever you hover and then simply disappears whenever you simply move the pointer away, generally just when you are actually trying to click on the link you want.
Thanks to UX designers, mobile-first design is finally taking hold, and these so-called friendly menus are disappearing from websites. Don’t be surprised if the majority of these types of menus vanish in 2020
2. The Emergence of White Space
Design trends overall have been changing for the last few years, moving away from high-contrast websites with columns, black backgrounds, text boxes, as well as colorful fonts. UX designers today prefer to leverage white space to break up the page.
Websites are now looking much more like Work documents with quite a lot of white backgrounds along with large images without any borders and single-column texts. It is quite easy to read as well as quicker to load on any particular device. In 2020, we will see more websites actually going for simpler, stripped-down mobile-styled UIs even for their desktop sites.
3. The Rise of Mobile Apps
We have witnessed the incredible growth of social networking over the last decade. Today, users are so accustomed to this style of interaction that many companies are looking to create their own mobile apps and customer communities. Your own exclusive app for customers acts as a special private club for those people who are actually interested in your product.
4. The Standardization of Digital Adoption Platforms
Various digital adoption platforms like the type provided by WalkMe have been around for quite some years, but recently, we have witnessed this type of functionality appear on more and more websites. It is predicted that in 2020, it will become the standard for websites and web apps with advanced functionality.
In a nutshell, digital adoption platforms allow different pop-up boxes to appear on screen with arrows linked to different fields and various buttons; this type of hands-on guidance helps users find exactly what they are looking for.
5. The Introduction of New Interfaces
Even as short as a decade ago, touch screens were the most cutting edge type of interface available to product designers. Today, things have shifted dramatically and you’ll find touch screens on everything from mobile phones to thermostats to desktop computers. This has led many UX designers to design for touch first, and (traditional mouse-based) clicks second.
The future, however, appears to belong to voice. Voice interfaces are more common than ever today and many companies are vying to create the best virtual assistant to help users navigate their products. 2020 will undoubtedly continue to see a rise in the adoption of voice technology.
6. The Growing Importance of Diversifiable Design
Most of today’s smartphones offer quite large screens that make it possible to combine different types of design elements without creating something that is difficult to use. Previous generations of smartphones were limited by their screen real estate, but mobile website design has changed with the times and now elements like shortcuts, photo carousels, stories, tab-bars, and more are commonplace on mobile devices. This trend will certainly continue as smartphone manufacturers release newer, even larger-screened versions.
7. The Changing Position of Navigation Controls
Other design elements, like the top of page nav bar, are slowing disappearing as devices get larger. Trying to reach a nav bar in the upper regions of your phone is becoming more and more difficult and UX designers have had to adapt. It’s not uncommon to see a floating nav bar that moves with you as you scroll or even navigational controls along the bottom of the page to facilitate ease of use on mobile devices.
8. The Emergence of Stories
Stories have swept the world of social media by storm in recent years, so it’s no surprise that other businesses are looking to cash in on this type of highly interactive content. As more and more businesses create their own mobile apps, don’t be surprised to see them leverage stories to help drive user-generated content and more!
9. The Return of Gradients and Shadows
The early 2000s were dominated by gradients, shadows, and a sense of depth in web and mobile app design. Around 2012, the design world transitioned to more flat UI designs that have dominated for the last decade. Today, designers are starting to experiment with what is popularly known as Deep Flat design, which incorporates the elements of flat design that we’ve grown accustomed to with gradients, shadows, and other elements that give a sense of depth to the design.
These nine mobile UX design trends will certainly rule the market in 2020. If you’re looking to keep your user experience on the cutting edge, it’s important to consider how these trends might affect your site!