Mobile App UI Trends for 2014

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.

Mobile Website, Responsive Design & App Design Trends of 2014

Over the next 12 months, we will see a rise in certain design trends and a reduction in others. While many will increase positive user experience, while others can distract from your overall goal... a positive user experience.

Web Trends to Avoid in 2014

Loading Screens

The loading screen has been making its rounds once again, it is safe to say that no one enjoys looking at a loading screen when visiting a website or loading an app. Originally rule of thumb is, you have roughly 6-10 seconds to grab the attention of a first time user. In 2014 that time has been drastically reduced, we have found that 2-4 seconds is all you have to make a lasting impression. If a website takes 8 seconds to load, you have already lost 40% of your initial audience.

Images with text layered into them

Even the biggest companies are guilty of this, starting with the big G. This is not only the lazy way of building websites/apps but it makes the images much heavier, leading to slower loading times.

Unrealistic/Cheesy Stock Photos

Even the most proficient designer needs to fall back on stock photography from time to time, but you will pay a pretty penny for realistic stock photos. A good way to avoid being severely overcharged for good stock photography is to avoid images with recognizable faces. Generally photos without distinct faces are 50-70% cheaper, than ones that do contain faces.

Too many Share/Like Buttons

Yes, Social sharing is a pivotal part of growing your web property but don't over do it. This can distract from what you are actually attempting to convey. Small, well placed sharing buttons is generally best practice. Also try to only include buttons that are relevant to your niche, for instance only include linkedin buttons if you are likely to be added by someone on linkedin, Places like icanhazcheezburger, would not be a great place to include a linkedin button as you should not be looking at funny cat videos on the clock.

Pinterest Style Page Formatting

The ambiguous mis-matched row and column format the Pinterest users have come to love. On one hand it is very effective for the gluttonous browsing style associated with pinning. For those trying to convey content to its users in a meaningful and effective way, there are many other ways to display your content creatively that we will discuss later.

Web and App Trends to Embrace in 2014

Monochromatic Color Palettes

Why use 3 or more colors, when you can use 2 (plus various shades of each)

Bigger, Richer, More Captivating Media and Photography

Some of the most captivating new websites, use larger, richer imagery (video, animated GIFs and still photos) combined with short meaningful typography. Just check out the Awwards Recent Site of the Day to see what everyone is gravitating towards.

Content Chunking

Designers have long been looking for a way to get your message to your audience in a concise meaningful way. By breaking the content into small blurbs of keyword rich content you engage the user in a very organic way, as you only have 2-4 seconds to make an impact on initial visitors.

A picture is worth 1000 words

App developers have been trying to convey the most information possible with the minimum amount of text, interactive images is the best way to do so. Images that display aggregate data.