User Experience (UX) design goes beyond the interface of a product. It focuses on all aspects of a product or service. UX concepts help in optimizing the design of the product to meet all the expectations of the user, and making it a pleasurable experience to use the end product.
UX Magazine is the leading publication that deals with every facet of User Experience design.
Every year, the magazine predicts possible new developments and trends in the UX field. Here, we look at some of the interesting predictions for this year.
Prediction of UX Trends in 2016
User Experience design is steadily gaining more relevance in the technology field.
With touchscreen and mobile technologies becoming ubiquitous, new apps and technologies go beyond waiting for conventional inputs from the user. Now, e commerce mobile application development involves using information gathered from the user’s interactions with the devices and apps to provide custom tailored results to the user.
UX theories and practices also find relevance in custom enterprise mobile application development services. As more companies adopt the BYOD paradigm, they also need to be cautious about not disrupting the employees’ usage of their own devices.
User Experience concept is now pushing the limits and exploring new avenues of enhancing the benefits the user derives from a company’s product or service. UX Magazine’s contributors see certain trends emerging in 2016, including increasing adoption of the UX paradigm by many large companies.
The Future Is Already Here
Stefan Moritz of Veryday feels that the technology that will drive the “UX of the Future” is already here. He doesn’t see the evolution of technology as a limiting factor. In fact, he is of the opinion that large business organizations are not nimble enough to make use of all available new technologies.
Touch First Design
The proliferation of mobile technology gave an impetus to the UX design, more developers were focusing on providing customized responses to mobile device users.
Will Hacker of Cars.com feels that designers and deveopers need to expand their vista to embrace all digital devices including desktops and laptops, because in recent years, touch screens have become a part of these devices too. He says that it is now time to recognize our fingers as an important input device and design for touch screens on any device, not just mobile devices.
Mobile Devices as Interfaces
Mobile devices have made it possible to remotely control other devices like Air Conditioners and other home appliances that have mobile interfaces enabled.
This trend, says Sebastian Saboune of Hive, will continue and soon the Internet of Things along with mobile technology will make the idea of the connected digital home a reality.
Touch Free Inputs
Q Manning of Rocksauce Studios predicted that 2016 will see the emergence of voice commands and other input technologies complementing touch input, making user interaction easier even when the user’s hands are otherwise occupied - for instance, while driving a car.
Other predictions for 2016 include devices that will recognize subtle inputs like eye movements and glances, and continuing evolution of content presentation techniques in websites. The magazine also predicts the increasing use of personal information to provide customized content and services to users.
While this increases concerns about privacy issues, one UX magazine contributor feels that security of sensitive data can be ensured through good UX design.