UI & UX trends in 2022
There’s never been a more exciting time to be a UI or UX designer. Here are our predictions for 2022.
With the pandemic and restrictions still having a heavy influence on the digital landscape, and Cop26 shaping our future, there’s never been a more exciting time to be a UI or UX designer. Here's what's getting us excited in 2022:
Eco & Sustainable Design
Whether it’s writing ‘Green Code’ or choosing a renewable energy server, digital teams are working out how to be more green. But going further than that designers are working out how to build sustainable choices into user journeys. For example, GoogleMaps now calculates the most eco-friendly route and sets it as the default.
In general, the concept of the Metaverse has been around for a couple of years. A virtual space where we interact, and utilize wearable technology, Extended Reality, AI, cryptocurrency, NFTs, social media and many more emerging technologies. We are at the humble beginnings of this, but with Facebook accelerating to make one unified Metaverse a real experience it will likely change design forever as brands begin to consider how to take part in this. Watch this space.
AR & VR in B2B
In the meantime, UX and UI designers will find themselves increasingly working on Extended Reality projects within the B2B sector, as remote AR or VR-based training and events become a regular part of hybrid working.
Inclusive and Accessible Design
With diversity, inclusion and accessibility being at the forefront of contemporary media and debate, combined with social media encouraging brands to be accountable, companies are increasingly investing in designing and user testing for a wide range of human factors such as race, gender, age, disability and language.
Building on inclusivity, localisation is trending for 2022 as digital teams go beyond simply changing the language of a product for a different territory, but are now increasingly focussing on the more cultural aspects of their content. Designers are working on adapting the user journey itself and associated assets to give the end-user a nuanced experience that is genuine rather than ‘token’.
Apps for Large Screens
Driven by Google and its updated Material Design system, designers and developers now need to also prepare apps for larger screens, especially desktops, where previously mobile and tablets have been the main focus.
Dark Mode First Design
With the majority of users choosing Dark Mode where it is available, combined with the previous pale white trend of ‘Soft UI/Neumorphism’ failing to translate into anything practical in UI/UX, things are set to flip too much darker aesthetics. Brands are also adapting their logos and colour palettes to easily switch between light and dark.
And those trends are just to name a few. With big shifts in the world driving technological change, we look forward to the future of UI & UX!