Adobe Predicts Key UX Design Trends That Will Make It Big In 2018


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Designers often find themselves having to build on their skill sets to accommodate users’ evolving needs and preferences. There is one thing you should take note not to change, however: your keenness to adapt.

Just like the years before, 2018 is going to bring with it new trends the industy will need to adapt to. Software developer and Adobe Creative Cloud blogger Nick Babich has penned down 10 UX design trends he believes will make it big next year, thanks to their current ability to keep users focused and interested.

“While it’s impossible to see the future, we can still make some educated guesses about it,” Babich writes. Check out four predictions below and view all 10 over at the Adobe Creative Cloud blog.
Content-focused experiences

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Understandably, Babich predicts that distinct visual hierarchy, functional minimalism, and whitespace, will return as essential considerations for UX design.

“Recent trends like minimalism and flat design focus on one thing. They remove the distraction from what’s really important: content.”

This trend sees content shaping design, and not the other way around. A designer’s mission is to ensure that users don’t “lose” access to content just because they’re distracted by the way it looks.
Time-saving design

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Speed isn’t just a demand anymore—it’s a necessity. Well-designed websites and apps offer relevant information in intuitive, easy-to-absorb formats.

“Time-saving design allows users to take a limited number of steps from the moment they install an app [or] visit a site until the moment they take an action.”

Expect to see more interfaces with clear navigation, as well as calls-to-action that offer enjoyable animated nudges.

Another element to look out for? Lineated user journeys, which Babich says feature fixed beginning-to-end structures that allow users to focus on single actions at each step of the experience.
Smarter personalization

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2017 has had its share of helpful, hilarious, and crazy AI creations. These tools—or gods—are expected to pave way for a more flexible world, where experiences are tailor-made for people.

“In an attempt to get to know users on a deeper level, businesses will continue to search for new ways to offer a more personalized brand experience,” Babich writes.
Humanized experiences

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