Every industry, at some point, follows a new trend and same goes for web designing. Seeing new design trends in designing world is very fascinating. The special thing about design trends is that a single idea can be executed in so many unique and interesting ways. Today, in this article we will be focusing more on the latest trends in User Interface designing. Everything about a website is important however, UI is one thing that has to face latest trends every now and then and if you are a designer, you cannot let your website look outdated. So, let’s discuss trends in the world of designing.
Trends – Neither Good nor bad:
When people look for latest trends in designing, they are basically looking for things and ideas to implement in their website’s UI and if not this, they are mostly looking for things which should be avoided. Now, if you really want to be a part of this trend game, you need to realize that trends are neither good nor bad. Everything has its positive and negative side so take trends as something neutral.
Trend is basically an example of something that is being appreciated by majority. Having said that, a bad thing about trends is that sometimes we see a lot of repetition in them. It takes us to certain point where we don’t want to see the trend anymore.
These are the few reasons due to which every designer should always keep a check on latest trends to be a part of the world. By following trends, you can either be a part of the crowd or it can also help you in becoming unique and setting a new trend.
Now, let us see interesting trends in UI design:
Apple Products – Best example of trend setters:
Before iOS, iPad and other Apple products were introduced; there was no concept of touchscreen. Apple gave a whole new dimension to the UIs of mobile phones. Developers of iOS must have been really hardworking and at the same time very creative to come up with something so unique. Once the iOS was introduced, everyone started to follow their league and then came a trend of touchscreen mobile phones.
Not only this, many websites started to follow the trends set by iOS and a lot of websites now are actually inspired by iOS. The designing is so similar that you can actually identify that it is inspired by iOS.
Wooden Textured Backgrounds:
Wooden backgrounds are being used since ever in the designing world. However, this trend is the most popular thing in 2012. It looks simple, neat and attractive. Wooden background is not only popular for web apps but you will see it in Android apps, iOS apps and almost every where. Major reason behind the popularity of wooden backgrounds is also due to the availability of some great texture designs all over the internet. This is one of those trends which have been overused by designers but since it looks great, even after two years of being in trend, it is still very popular.
Most of the design trends are related to the ‘realism’ and designers want to make their website look as real as possible. Even with this, the trend of retro interfaces has not taken a back seat. Designers love to experiment with the retro designs however, if this is not done properly, design can look really clunk and the interface can get not-so-user-friendly. Only a few UIs designed in a retro style are worth taking a look for instance Mac App ‘Instant’. Using this app is a great experience.
Notification pop-up windows:
Notification boxes are also among the latest trends being used in UIs. These pop-up boxes can be seen almost everywhere and they are not only interesting to see but they make the whole interface look a lot friendlier. Only a few minutes of searching can help you see how popular these notification boxes are.
Less is more UIs:
This trend is also known as Snow white UI. Most of the designers are actually taking out all the colors from their website and are trying to keep things as minimal as possible. This trend is a fantastic one as websites look decent and are easy to use. Near, clean websites are hard to design although they don’t come across as that but yes, keeping things is simple is not at all an easy task. The best thing about minimal websites is that they are very pleasing to the eye. Just because it is a trend does not mean everyone should start following it blindly. Go minimal only if it is a requirement of your website.
Now, these are only a few trends that are commonly seen and I am sure I have missed out on plenty of latest trends in the world of UI designing. Technology world is evolving so fast that you will always see new trends emerge every now and then. Some will look hideous and some trends you will fall in love with. The key is to follow trends sensible instead of following them blindly.