2019 is almost here! And with the new year come new digital trends, such as the ever-changing UX/UI design industry. One cannot deny the fact that user experience design was BIG in 2018 and it will continue to be a top priority for organizations as we enter 2019. Every year there are new trends evolving in the design industry and it is important to keep pace with latest design trends and transitions to stay ahead of the competition. Having said that, let’s have a look at the top emerging UX/UI design trends that will be a big hit in 2019 which is just around the corner:

AI Will Enhance UI Designers Productivity 

Navigation apps direct you to the destination in a hassle-free way. You can enjoy your meal at your doorstep just with a few taps or clicks. Context intelligent chatbots are delighting customers with immediate and timely advice. All this sound just so simple, but these human-like actions are powered by the fast growing AI technology. There is a lot more AI can do when it comes to generating outstanding user experience.

AI is on the verge of building modular and intelligence design systems. A UX designer needs to ensure consistency between the product and the user. If UX design is coupled with a layer of intelligence, it can help make some great design decisions. For instance website builders like Grid use AI technology to build entire website. TheGrid.io is a design platform built on the concept of A/B testing and refinement layout. The algorithm-driven platform that allows designers to build highly impressive and optimized websites by sifting through multiple options provided by AI-driven tools so that they can choose what works for them.

The use of AI in UI design will become the foremost choice for designers as it will increase the productivity of designers. How, you ask. This would be achieved by training the robots to handle design elements such as color adjustment, image resizing, and more. Recently Airbnb announced about a technology that would identify the design sketches and convert them to code in real-time. This will let the designers focus more on complex and strategic designs which computers will take years to learn, thereby increasing the productivity of users.

Voice User Interfaces (VUI) Will Further Integrate Into Everyday Life

GUI’s are not the only way users interact with apps today. The incredible progress in computational power and NLP techniques has made it possible to use an invisible interface i.e. the voice user interface (VUI). According to a research report released by Google in 2016, 20% of searches on mobile were done with voice activations. The next big thing for UX designers will be to focus on making voice-activated interfaces more sophisticated to boost user engagement and experience. We are already seeing VUI’s in multiple technologies – Amazon has Alexa, Apple has Siri, Microsoft has Cortana, and Google has OK Google. For instance, Amazon has embedded its VUI Alexa into its other products like Echo and Fire TV. VUI’s are of great use when visual attention of the user is occupied with some other activity such as while driving a car or while watching TV. With the combination of GUI and VUI, designers will be able to enhance the interaction between humans and machines and streamline it using inputs through hand gestures, facial expressions, and audio.

UX Designers Will Have To Consider Growing Penetration Of Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality

AR/VR technology is transforming user imagination and giving them the ability to tour the real world with the power of gestures. Virtual Reality, Augmented Reality and User Experience are emerging as the three strong pillars of innovative interface design. AR/VR is not just the hype of Snapchat’s wonderful photo filters or Nintendo’s Pokémon Go that allows people to catch them all on the go – it is all set to make user experience more delightful. VR and AR are changing the way user experience is defined, but one thing that remains unchanged is that experiences must be centered around people. 

IKEA’s AR app has a pretty simple and easy-going design that helps users choose furniture that blends with colour of their walls with an ideal height and weight. Another example that we can see today for AR in design is Apple’s Animoji - the animated emojis for iPhone X. Animoji renders custom animated messages based on the voice and facial expressions of the users. The animation and rendering works in real-time.

The most significant impact of AR/VR will be seen in industrial design and modelling - right from the design of aeroplanes, cars, ships, MRI machines and everything else will be driven by UX/UI design. This will boost the demand for designers with 3D design skills - designers who are capable of modelling and building 3D worlds.

 VR will open up many doors for UX, but with a twist. VR/AR will offer an immersive and personal interaction with digital world through interfaces but in a very innovative way. Pointing and clicking a mouse will seem like an ugly design to people when designing experience involve voice and face recognition along with movement tracking and brain waves.

AI Will Aid In User Journey Simplification

When users interact with any website or app, there is a particular goal that they want to achieve. The less effort they spend in achieving that goal, better is the user experience. The main focus of UX/UI designers is to “User Journey Simplification”. Currently, designers achieve this by implementing a linear design that consists of a beginning, middle and end split up into multiple steps to make it simple. 2019 will witness start of an era where AI will help designers design adaptive UI that will centre around the users usage patterns.

The UX design industry is about to make a leap where AI will help unlock value with not only new features and ways to engage but also impact business decisions. Services are the fastest growing industry in the world and services are more and more being delivered via apps. AI assisted UI will bring about a paradigm change in how these services will be delivered.

To stay ahead of the competitive curve, organizations will do well to incorporate AI power UI/UX design philosophies to make the best possible first impression on their users, increase market share, save money in the development phases, and generate greater ROI.