In the mobile world, it pays to stay up to date with new mobile app design trends. We’ve got the top 5 mobile app design trends you need to know in 2017 and beyond.
Downloads of mobile apps are expected to reach 268.69 billion in 2017. So it’s vital that you stay up to date with mobile app design trends.
But where do you start? With so much technology already available, and being developed, it can seem overwhelming.
We’ve pulled together 5 trends you should watch up for this year. Read on to find out what they are.
1. Touch ID technology is huge among mobile app design trends
Touch ID technology has sometimes seemed a little futuristic for mobile users. But then users got used to unlocking their devices with it.
Now it can be used to verify all kinds of apps, including Dropbox and Amazon. Online verification is suddenly a whole lot safer and easier.
But Touch ID technology might even be twinned with haptic feedback. Interaction technologists could bring touch into their app design using pulses or vibrations to direct users to ‘buy now’ buttons.
We can even include Touch ID in the next app we develop for you.
2. Usability will be a key trend
Hidden navigation is already proving a hit among designers. The developer moves the menu into a navigation drawer.
It’s always available but it’s only visible when the user needs it. It’s a brilliant way to save space on the screen.
And when you’re designing mobile apps, you need to find ways to put the content at the forefront.
And speaking of content at the forefront, designers will use diffused images in the background.
They’ll contribute to attractive themes. But they’ll keep the app’s features user-friendly and accessible.
And the look of an app will continue to dictate mobile app design trends.
We also predict calm color palettes will dominate. All of the big apps rely on one color scheme that uses just a few shades.
Bold colors or flashy schemes will be phased out in favor of these new, more friendly palettes.
3. Material Design will become Textile Design
Google introduced material design in 2014. It lets developers use simple effects that load quickly.
It was originally so exciting because it brings the tactile nature of paper to digital apps. Seams and shadows let users see the edges of what they could touch.
But designers are already finding ways to go beyond the narrow scope of paper. The rise of Augmented Reality (AR) means that apps can take advantage of a range of technologies and even dimensions, known as ‘textile design’.
4. Wearable technology
The Apple Watch and its companion apps won us over with the possibilities of wearable technology. Once Android Wear gets up to speed, we predict mobile app design trends to focus on wearables.
Users will be wearing their devices instead of carrying them. That will certainly call for simple but clean design, taking us back to trend 2.
5. Chatbots are the new apps
Chatbots are quickly becoming the new favorite tool in interface design. They’re a great way to boost user interaction.
Between April and September 2016, more than 30,000 chatbots were made just for Facebook Messenger.
So expect a lot more chatbots in your mobile apps in 2017. And who knows? Maybe developers will combine chatbots with AR.
These are just a few of the trends to watch out for this year. But we certainly think that they’ll make a splash in the mobile app world.
And if you’d like to get on board with mobile apps, check out 6 easy ways to come up with app ideas.