User interface refers to the mode and the way in which a person interacts with a computer to view information and to relay commands or input characters to the computer system. User interface represents information displayed that includes components like text, graphics and sound. There are many types of user interface trends and they are ever evolving to give the user ultimate control and ability to navigate easily in a tablet or smart phone.
App UI Trends for 2014
Flat design user interface panel
User interface design that only displays two dimensional graphics and pictures whereby all the links and information can be internalized in a single panel, whereby an individual is able to navigate to other applications in the touch of a button. Flat design allows you to view various apps in a single screen before you decide what program you want to run.
Fewer buttons and more gestures interface
The other trend that is fast gaining popularity is the fewer button and more gestures trend. This means that designers minimize on the buttons that are used in giving directions or shortcuts to certain applications and instead they are replaced with gestures that indicate what you are supposed to do. For example a scroll down feature that lacks visual dimensionality.
Use of animation as affordance
The use of animation is vastly used in the modern user interface trends. This entails the use of animated objects that can guide an individual on what to do or on what to do next after completion of a particular task. If you add animations to a given an app, only do so when you can confirm the user experience will not be adversely affected.
The “hamburger” menu drawer
This is a new technique that uses three lines to display a menu that has different options. The menu shows that there is a list of options and if you happen to press on the lines for some time then the menu literally changes into a hamburger. This is meant to attract your attention and makes you explore more on the menu.
The responsive if not native interface trend
This is a technique that has been used in the past and is arguably one that most designers will always continue using. We design interfaces and applications that will practically be easy to open in any computer device be it a mobile phone or a tablet using Bootstrap. The idea is, to make content and user experience the same in all the platforms that the program will run or display.
Use of larger fonts
Many designers are moving from the traditional twelve font point text to the fourteen font text size. This is aimed at attracting attention and making it easier for everyone to read the type on web pages and phones without zooming. Less is more.
Use of new color palettes
Modern trends in user interface are moving from the traditional method of displaying text and graphics whereby blue was the color of choice and was used in most of the websites and interfaces. Designers are shifting to vibrant colors or color palettes designed to provoke a psychological reaction.
Many designers are coming up with modern designs and ways which are aimed at ensuring that the user feels satisfied in using the computer devices. The trends are also friendly to new and novice users.