Mobile Apps are the trend of the 21st century. App designers are constantly experimenting with their design approaches in order to make their apps more friendly and intuitive for the end-user and provide a great user experience.
The necessity to optimize your mobile apps for the best user experience is now more than ever, as Google has started indexing the mobile versions of a site before the desktop versions.
Last year, SAGIPL UK saw many new launches of great mobile apps, featuring innovative interface designs. Things like minimalist styles, dynamic visuals, professional coloring, prototype designs, clear typography, cards, etc., were some of the trendiest app designs of the year 2019.
This year, we will witness something more, and something better, in terms of app UI/UX designs. Let’s now take a look at the best and most innovative app design trends that you will see (and might use) in 2020.
1. Simple & Interactive Design With Easy Navigation
2020 will be the year when we will see the return of simplistic and user-focused UI designs, because, as I said, Google is ready to reward the apps whose interface is made for the user, and not just for search engines.
Moreover, the focus would be more on simplifying the user experience with highly interactive designs and content. For instance, Rep is an influencer marketing app that presents all user-centric offers in one place, making it easier for the end-user to access and use these offers.
2. High-Definition Images
With the continuous evolution of smartphone screens, sizes and dimensions, apps with better viewing experience are rising in demand. Therefore, designs will HD images will be in trend in 2020 and beyond.
Images have always been a crucial factor of the app interface, and with mobile screens going full-view and bezel-less, there is a high demand for apps that feature HD images and graphics to increase user’s interaction and experience. Good quality images will leave a long-lasting impression on the user, encouraging them to browse more of your app. Also, high-definition images with fast loading speed are now being referred by app UI designers.
3. UI with High Contrast Colors
Thanks to the increasing size and resolution of mobile screens, designers now have more options to implement high-contrast colors, visuals, and animations to make their app designs easy to use and navigate.
This can be better understood through the example of MI Home App, which is a mobile app designed by Stan Yakusevich, who uses animation along with bold color contrast to make the app interface more interactive.
4. Micro Animation
The use of micro animations has been yet been seen extensively in the web and app designs. However, they are a great tool for creating smooth and attractive micro-interactions to animate your app and bring your offers to life, especially for apps designed with small mobile screens in focus.
Micro animations can be used for creating highly interactive features and options that will engage your app users in a fun way. Thankfully, modern UI/UX designers have now started realizing the potential of micro animations and using them in their designs.
5. Vibrant/Active Colors
Gone are the days when app designs used to revolve around black, white and some other basic, non-vibrant colors. Today’s apps are inspired by users’ expectations to experience high-level visualization along with vibrant colors. Therefore, colors will definitely be a major tool in the UI designer’s arsenal.
Using vibrant colors in interface design can help build perfect, user-centric, visually-appealing UIs that draw attention and inspire users to take specific actions.
6. Color Gradients
Color gradients are another example of the innovative use of colors in interface designing. Nowadays, designers prefer gradient colors over basic, flat colors, for one simple reason – gradients are the best way to highlight a specific emotion or design element.
For instance, the Spotify Music app makes use of color gradients to show different background colors as per the user’s mood and choice of music. The app is known to have the best, color-rich UI designs.
In 2019, app designers will make use of simple shapes, edges, along with card-based elements to make the interface clutter-free and more organized. Users prefer designs that are simple and easy to navigate, with all the information available in one place. For instance, the Letgo app uses cards for displaying user ads and offers in a systematic manner.
Letgo is one of the most used platforms for buying and selling used items.
The app uses a minimalist design with simple icons and uncluttered buttons, giving users a cleaner appearance and allowing them to easily search and navigate through the platform.
8. Frameless/ Full Screen
With mobile devices becoming frameless (bezel-less), users expect mobile apps to offer true full-screen experience, which is now the main focus of the modern app designs.
eBay was the first to launch a completely frameless app, providing users with the best browsing and shopping experience on their smartphone devices. The full-screen design further makes it easier for users to browse through and find their desired products/information.
More and more new app designs and UIs are likely to be inspired by this trend in the ongoing and upcoming years.
9. Easy, Seamless Payments
Now that more users are shopping online than offline, the trend of shopping on mobile will also continue to increase with the innovation in mobile technologies. There is a high demand for easier and more secure payment methods which could be integrated with shopping mobile apps and digital wallet apps, providing users with a fast and easy way to pay for their purchases.
The invention of blockchain technology is greatly inspiring this trend with its secure, transparent payments with easy validation based on QR codes and private-public keys.
10. 3D Transition
The use of 3D transition is ideal for travel apps, where users can be allowed to explore a particular destination or place in a 3D view. Take the example of the Google Earth app, where you can explore almost any city or place in the world with a complete 3D view of the things.
Other than these, advanced technologies such as AR (Augmented Reality), VR (Virtual reality), AI (Artificial Intelligence) will also most likely inspire the mobile app UI/UX design trends in the coming days and years.
These are the top 10 app interface designs that will dominate the Mobile App Design and Development Industry in 2020 and beyond. We hope you find this information helpful and inspiring for your next project.