Top UI/UX Design Trends 2018 You Need to Know
If you want to go hand in hand with the latest design trends, stay with us a for a little bit longer to check out the list of what's kicking this year our team came up with.
#1 Semi-flat design
However, as Google re-thought shadows in the Material Design approach to the UI, it showed great success in making users pick up on the visual hierarchy. Shadows quickly gained momentum and grew past the Material into the world.
Designers reconsidered their understanding of shadows ever since and embraced shadows in their interfaces. These new shadows have not only taken different forms and expressions (large, soft, colored, etc.), they are used as an instrument to add depth and dimension, unlike their bold and harsh "drop-shadow" predecessor.
#2 Unconventional color combos (weird color transitions, gradients, duotones, etc.)
It will definitely get overtaken by hair-raising color transitions, like in case of Instagram, as they have rocked it with their new eye-popping UI redesign. Duotones also join the group of 2018 hottest design trends. These mean guys are brought back by Spotify, as they have managed to take the appealing color combinations to the next level.
Besides, the 80s and 90s-inspired bright electric tones are also getting quite popular, as the kids of the era are taking over the internet once again. You can expect to see around more of the nostalgic themes this year.
#3 Dropping the grid
Inevitably, the defined strict grid was a helping hand for users that eventually got used to the order of elements making UI becoming more and more intuitive. However, they tied the hands of creative-makers limiting their experimenting possibilities. Now, many of the UI creators can challenge the usual set of things and shape up unique interfaces.
#4 Bold typography
#5 Custom graphic art and illustrations
This year custom artwork is going to be reintroduced to create a wonderful visual language to shape up brand's personality. Feel free to let your creativeness loose and finally try your hand in a variety of styles and techniques you've wanted to master.
This a pure philosophy for UI designers that implements its best dogmas in the UX creation process. Forget about borderless designs, this one thrown in a pile of sharp angles. The quintessence of the punk rock in design. Users are gonna love it. This is a new type of interfaces that is based on lack of the attention to aesthetics.
#7 Animations and GIFs
Microinteractions have been there for a long time, even if you didn't notice any. Recall seeing the popping out heart when liking your friend's twit? Yup, that's one's a microinteraction. Didn't that make you feel like you are the one shaping the interface, and not the other way around? Making use of details can bring design to the next level of awesomeness.
Talking about animation, GIFs, and SVGs, also play a crucial role in making content more engaging for the end-users. They add a perk to your newsletters, ads, illustrations, icons, logos, and any other elements you generate.
Cinemagraphs are also having a blast! There are high-resolution photos with a repeating video loop for a selected part of the image. Think about a picture of the camp with an animated fire burning. Expect to see more cinemagraphs coming over in 2018.