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Digital tendencies and users’ expectations change very rapidly. Some trends become outdated and move beyond, while others gain ground. Earlier these trends used to last for a couple of years, but now they get replaced or upgraded almost every year.

Here are a few UI Trends that are going to rule in 2021 by Lollypop Design, and every designer must follow them.

1. 3D / Immersive Experience

 

One of the hottest UI design trends of 2021 is going to be 3D design. Through websites and applications, clients are moving towards offering an immersive experience to their users. The 3D design has depth, shadows, lighting, textures, which bring users an experience closer to the real world. Be it the illustrations or the typography, 3-dimensional designs certainly add an extra dimension to the overall look and feel of the final product. Technologies such as AR will further necessitate the designers to adopt 3D designing as one of their key skill sets.


2. Mixed Typeface


Even for the simplest typographic layout, using two different typeface designs will do a better job of establishing hierarchy and creating visual interest. The combination of typeface has been an ever-evolving phenomenon. In 2021 also we will see a lot of mixed typeface designs. When we say mixed it goes beyond the combinations of serif and sans serif, to mix typeface within a sentence or even just a title giving more focus and emphasis. The least risky “out of family” pairing is a serif and a sans serif. Select virtually any sans serif, combine it with just about any serif, and you’ve elevated the job above absolute conservatism.


3. Glassmorphism


Glassmorphism is the latest trend in user interfaces (UI) and is rapidly gaining popularity. One of the more mainstream applications of this design appeared in Apple’s macOS Big Sur which rolled out in 2020. The Fluent Design System, innovated by Microsoft, employs Glassmorphism as well.


But what is Glassmorphism?


As the name indicates, it has a transparent, glassy look. It is possible for users to see through layers. These layers can help to introduce hierarchy in the structure. The style works best when multiple translucent layers appear over a colourful background. The transparency, however, is not complete. Only the fill needs to be transparent, not the entire shape. That would create the desired effect. The background also needs to be chosen with care. A colourful background works best under Glassmorphism. Which is why iOS 14 and macOS Big Sur both use vibrant, colourful default wallpapers.


4. Soft Gradients

In the era of minimalism, it’s a design sin to stick to flashy and bright gradients. Designers have already transitioned into using smart gradients in their design. The trend for low-key gradients came from the web along with flat-design. However, gradients are needed in graphic design to give the image volume and “depth”, so you just have to refuse “screaming” colours. Sensibilities of the user have changed in the last decade. Experiences online are a mere experience of our physical existence, which is why technology and art often ape each other.

5. Emoji Designs

Emoji can help you say more with less in your UI design, and boost the user experience among all demographics. More and more designers are integrating the emotional component into mobile interfaces that make the user experience more engaging and enjoyable. Today, in almost every popular application you will find emojis. And this is not only social applications, but we are also talking about applications which are into serious business such as finance, banking, e-commerce, etc. You can find emoji everywhere — onboarding screens, empty states, coach marks, dialogues, and even push notifications.


6. Comics and Pop-art

Adding to the list of harmonious, feel-good UI design trends we’ll see in 2021, we’ll be seeing a lot of designs that use colours in unexpected, even surreal ways to create dream-like images. These designs make a statement by colouring objects in colours they normally aren’t. The goal here is to be playful and create escapist landscapes where people can find a few moments of solace away from our challenging reality.


7. Micro Interaction

While design solves universal problems, micro-interactions are the delightful moments your users have while using the product. These tiny enticing moments add incredible value in offering humane experience in a true sense to the end-users. And they are not just visual elements, they work the best when mixed with user’s action triggers. Micro-interactions are important not from a utility or ROI perspective, rather they increase the stickiness of the product and service and help generate positive word-of-mouth for the company.

Conclusion


As a designer, you need to be aware of these design trends. Constantly learning, improving and expanding your design toolkit are the only ways to build a reputation in the design community.


Which of the trends we’ve mentioned has excited you the most? Is there any other trend that should have been included in the list? Please let us know in the comments section.

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User Interface Design has become a force to reckon with in the last few years. It has completely reshaped how we consume technology and interact with machines in ways that were previously unthinkable. UI design is not just a means to appease a user’s artistic sensibilities but is also used to create sticky digital experiences.

As we go into the next decade, our dependence on digital products and experiences grows, propelling User Interface Design into the league of the most consequential disciplines in current times. Let’s see what we have in store in 2020. Here are 8 UI Design trends by Lollypop Design that every UI designer must stick by in next few years.

1. Bold Oversized Typography/ Variable Typography

One of the primary differentiators of advertising today verses that about a decade or so ago is the use of bold typography. The fonts we use today perform the dual task of attracting customers and conveying brand personality. Bold typography has incredible potential when used appropriately and purposefully in the right place and the right amount. Big typography can be used to define visual hierarchy. Nothing brings out the simplicity of design in a minimalist website like bold typography. It provides a sense of visual demarcation to a particular section in your design and draws users’ attention to the message being delivered. Powerful statements in bold used in website headers quintessentially serve as elevator pitches and give most decision-taking information to the user. 2020 will be the year of reckoning for minimalist design and crisp, attention-grabbing headers in bold typography.

2. 3D/Realism Illustrations and Typography

3d designs in typography have been on a wave in the sphere of dimension design currently. From illustrations to topography to data visualisation techniques in the form of interactive infographics, 3d realism seem deeply embedded in UI design for a variety of products. User interactive design is building experiences through which people are experiencing a variety of personal and professional products and software. Augmented reality is pushing the envelope across industries, finding a variety of use cases pre-emptive healthcare, gaming design as well as e-commerce. Simple geometric shapes in an abstract composition are also trending. UI is balancing creative 3d illustrations with ample white space to emphasize bold colours and brand messaging.

3. Augmented / Virtual Reality/ Mixed Reality

A few prophecies around UI design suggest that in 2020 screens will become obsolete. Users will interact with SmartWare and will have experience all around them in the form of Augmented/ Virtual/ Mixed Reality. Immersive user experience without physical device hindrances. Users in this digital age don’t want to just see things— they want to actually live them. Augmented Reality or AR is a set of computer-generated information that can be experienced through tactile movements in wearable devices, which is slowly blurring the lines between virtual and reality. 2019 witnessed virality in the adoption of a plethora of VR & AR experiences ranging from Occulus Rift to Fitbit to Pokemon Go. This is why 2020 is the year in which lifeless and flat experiences are not going to truly make the cut.

4. Low Key Gradients

Too bright and flashy gradients are no longer in trend. Most designers prefer to use very simple and subtle gradients. Minimalism is key. The trend for low-key gradients came from the web along with flat-design. However, gradients are needed in graphic design to give the image volume and “depth”, so you just have to refuse “screaming” colours. Sensibilities of the user have changed in the last decade. Experiences online are a mere experience of our physical existence, which is why technology and art often ape each other.

5. Broken Grids, asymmetrical layouts

Thousands of web pages are accessed by millions of users every day. In order to truly create something that catches the user’s imagination, eCommerce companies have introduced the concept of grid views and asymmetrical layouts. The grid is made of imaginary lines that help layout elements on the page stay in order. The website owners who want to be unique will start implementing a broken grid technique and placing design elements chaotically. Grid views instantly fragmentise the user’s attention and divert it strategic real estate on the web pages. This technique makes websites look more creative and will be the top web design trend for 2020.

6. Micro Interactions

While design solves universal problems, micro-interactions are the delightful moments your users have while using the product. Micro-interactions are critical moments for a product to offer a truly human experience. A micro-interaction can be an animation based tool to collect feedback, assist in the navigation of the site or just create a moment of pure delight for the user. Micro-interactions are tiny enticing moments built into the application, which stimulates a feeling of well-being once it is discovered by users. It is one of the best techniques for giving instant delightful feedback, improve customer satisfaction and increase retention. Micro-interactions are important not from a utility or ROI perspective, rather they increase the stickiness of the product and service and help generate positive word-of-mouth for the company.

7. Hand-drawn Illustrations

There is something really beautiful about hand-drawn illustrations, with all of its imperfections. It always stands out and leaves an impression on the visitors. Maybe it evokes more natural and human-centric feel about the brand. In 2019, we have noticed a repeating pattern in style preferences from clients. They seem to be more attracted to designs/illustrations that have a more organic and human feel.

8. Sound (Google Pay, Paytm)

UI design in 2020 will also see (or rather, hear) sound layers. This refers to a variety of sounds that will be incorporated with UI design, so users will be able to hear them when they are using a website or a mobile app. UI design with sound can add to the experience the user has and can make their journey on the website or mobile app much more enjoyable and pleasant. This trending UI design, however, is currently limited on desktop applications, as it can be quite distracting, but is quite prominent on mobile interfaces.

Conclusion

These UI Design trends for 2020 are not only for satisfying users’ aesthetics requirements. They are highly optimised to provide a greater degree of usability and accessibility to the end-users. A subtle combination of these trends backed with detailed user research will lead to a enriched user experience.

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