2022 was the year when a lot of things changed for the IT industry. We can all agree that the COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of issues, but also provided the developers with a lot of interesting approaches they can use to change things. Besides that, we can see that a lot of new concepts have emerged at the same time, which opened a lot of doors for future projects.
It is interesting to see that a lot of these trends emerge from the companies that operate in Asia. As you might know, this region is a major IT hotspot, and there are a lot of companies that have emerged in the last two decades. Some of them are now major players on the global scale, which make the region quite interesting for global investments.
In the past couple of years, we’ve seen so many UI design trends come and go. Some of them have stuck and they present quite an important force for the development of apps and websites. Today, we want to explore how Singapore companies are developing the next generation of software applications by implementing beautiful UI designs. Without further ado, let’s check them out.
The Dark Mode
If you pay close attention to some of the latest developed apps out there, you will see that a vast majority of them have a dark mode. While this may not seem like a crucial thing to add to apps, all the researchers are saying that this is, in fact, quite a popular trend among consumers. Not only does it look good aesthetically during the night, but many people use it constantly.
The style used for these is elegant, and it offers the users a chance to enjoy some beautiful colour combinations, which are practically countless. Even though dark mode has been quite popular among mobile users, we can see that their popularity has increased significantly even for laptop or desktop PC apps as well.
All the reports out there say that people consider the dark mode now to be among the most important parts of their user experience. A major advantage of this approach is that it helps with saving as much battery as possible. If you know that today’s apps are quite needy when it comes to resources, you will understand just how important this approach is.
Augmented reality has been quite a popular thing in User Interface design for quite some time now. At the same time, we can see that it is a trend that will continue to be popular for many years to come. Using this technology makes the design to be much better, easy-to-use, and overall more accurate. Plus, it provides significant help with making the interface as better-looking as possible.
Think about it, your app can’t look its best if it is not functional. Since design is a crucial part of the functionality, it is essential to use technology to tie these two together. The next thing we feel is important to say regarding augmented reality is that it helps the end-users to provide all the feedback they need regarding the apps.
Some people like for their apps to provide them with as much personalization as possible. With that in mind, nobody should be surprised that so many apps integrated augmented reality. The reason is quite simple, the technology offers you a chance to create an AR avatar that looks almost exactly like the user. For all these reasons, we believe that the time of augmented reality is yet to come.
One of the activities that we will do in practically all the apps, no matter what sorts of devices we are using, is to navigate through them as much as possible. For that reason, designers need to think about ways to make the navigation itself to be as interactive as possible. Depending on the concept of the app, it can be either quite easy or quite hard.
Since users do not want to experience any sort of hardships with their apps, they want the navigation to be as easy and interactive as possible. They need to be both functional and pleasant for the eyes of the users. While it may seem like too many unnecessary details, we beg to differ. Having a proper design is always a crucial thing when it comes to technology these days.
Besides basic scrolling, the designers need to pay attention to other things such as interesting animations, unconventional layouts, some hover effects, and probably the most important, the fun menus. With that in mind, you will certainly see that adding all these details requires a lot of effort.
The last trend we would like to point out is a mix of data and storytelling. We can see that the world-renowned company, Microsoft, has invested a lot of effort into creating a proper blueprint for this concept, and it has become quite popular in this day and age. It offers the users a chance to understand all the complex analytics and data through quality visuals.
We can all agree that visual data storytelling is not something new in this industry. Still, we would like to point out that the shape it has today is completely different from what it was before. The best way to describe it is to say that it has become quite an important part of practically all the most popular apps.
You will see it being used constantly these days. The best way to describe this concept is to say that there are apps that will provide you with immediate results of a task you have tried to achieve. A good example of this concept is Grammarly. It will provide you with the rate of your writing as well as all other important metrics.
Understanding the requirements of the industry and what clients are interested in is a key factor in being successful in the IT industry. Here, you can see the most important UI design trends Singaporean companies are using in 2023, and most of them will be around for many years to come.