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Top UI/UX Design Trends in 2020

1. Split Screen Alignment

It’s always great to split the content area when dealing with Website designs. Especially with today’s wide desktop screens.

2. Low Key Gradients

Too bright and flashy gradients are no longer in trend. It’s getting lighter and lighter nowadays. Because ultimately minimalism is the key!

3. Colour Palette

Choosing a matching colour palette is the most needed ingredient for an eye-catching User Interface. This initial step will decide the future of the design. The combination of light and warm colours are trending now.

4. Full Width Design

Fixed-size wrappers? No! Web designers can utilize the entire space for arranging the contents. Wasting too much space on the left and right of the content section became old!.

5. Serif-Sans Serif Combo

Mixing Serif and Sans Serif fonts became a trend in 2020 instead of using the same style fonts.

6. Empty Space

Depending on the message the UI is delivering, it’s important to give it some space. There is no need to create congestion. 

7. Password-less Login

Are you still using native username-password login? There will be no such option in mobile interfaces very soon. The latest UX design is quickly moving forward with password fewer authentications like Fingerprint scanning and facial identification.

8. Interaction Sounds

Sounds are the fastest way to communicate an idea. But we didn’t try to add this in our applications. Just remember the transaction successful sound in google pay. No need to explain more! 

9. Gestures & Buttonless Design

The number of buttons has decreased. So, it gives more space and content areas. Avoid maximum buttons and provide gesture navigation.

10. Say No to Navigation Drawers

Are you still stick on with navigation drawer? You know what? Google introduced this design style in 2013! Upgrade your design knowledge if you still using this.

11. Voice Interaction

Siri, Alexa, Google Assistant and much more! Voice-powered apps deliver precise and fast query results.

Some DO’s and DON’Ts

1. Inconsistency

Avoid using too many different styles. This will guide to a smooth and concise app. The key is repeating patterns and elements at any time you can.

2. Drop-Shadow

Try to use lightweight drop shadow rather than overusing them. Don’t use very harsh colours.

3. Prioritise Buttons

It is important to give visual importance to the primary action. Secondary action should be less prominent but still visible if the user is looking for them.

4. Text Hierarchy

Use the required space between text. Find text priority and arrange its weight.  Always start with a big title which should be the most prominent element of the page.

5. Iconography

All icons should either be outlined or filled. In addition, ensure a consistent line thickness and corner radius. Don’t use different icon styles in the same design.

6. Alignment

Don’t align related items to different sides. Always try to aligning related elements to the same side because it connects them visually.

7. Contrast

Try to find a better contrast ratio for different items. Low contrast is equal to low usability.

8. Forms

Forms are used to log in, to sign up, check out, etc. So, it’s important to provide clear guidance before and after submitting the form.

9. Touch Targets

Poor touch targets in mobile/tablet devices may lead to frustration. So, try to create finger-friendly targets by keeping the required space between them.

10. Quality of Images

Images are the life of a design. Choose creative and realistic photos. Avoid fake or staged stock photos. Also, try to use high-quality images only.

This article is written by Juny George and Sanunath G.