25 Oct 2016   webgap

The Future Is Near: 13 Design Predictions for 2017

“The broader one’s understanding of the human experience, the better design we will have”. We simply love this quote from Steve Jobs; it seems incredibly appropriate as we look ahead at the 13 design predictions for 2017. The future of design is one where the user experience is driving design thinking and as such, the way we deliver a product should be what keeps users coming back for more.

Design evangelists advocate for the use of good design, both in principle and in practice. The goal is to convert non-designers into design thinkers. By championing the virtues of design-thinking to the inexperienced, design pundits hope that everyone will begin to pursue best practices for design in both their professional and personal lives.

As we move into a new and exciting future with design thinking in mind, let’s consider these 13 design trends to watch out for in 2017:

• Failure Mapping: This trend will allow UX designers to better understand, anticipate and model scenarios for designs that aren’t always ideal. This allows us to manage incorrect usage of products or services.

Micro-mini Interactions: We’re moving towards further atomisation of micro-interactions where individual interactions are being broken down into even smaller segments. Consider how we engage with our smartphones and other digital interactions we make every day.

• Proliferation of Weather Apps: The weather is an omnipresent variable we constantly consider in the way we experience everything else in our lives. As climate change increasingly becomes a driver of these experiences, UX designers should shift their attention to how we can visualise and map important changes in the weather.

• Tamagotchi Gestures: Designers have a responsibility to respond to user feedback. We’re moving back to a time where design should have personality encapsulated in the form of the human touch.

• Hapnotic Feedback: Designers should develop new and exciting ways to modify user behaviour. This can be achieved with hapnotic feedback by including subtle elements in the user interfaces that stimulate user interaction.

• De-Linearity: Users don’t want to be herded like cattle. The future of great design lies in giving the user maximum agency over their experiences and interactions.

• Optimized Interstitial Anxiety: Clever designs should be able to optimize the time between an action and a response. Create transition elements that allow users to anticipate their next action, rather than worry about them, in order to provide a seamless experience.

• Migration from Design Evangelism to Design Proselytism (education): It’s no longer enough to simply advocate for good design. Designers should incorporate design thinking into the world around them.

• Age-responsive Design: Designers should adapt their layouts to be responsive and consider how their content and structure can be age appropriate. There is no one size fits all.

• Digital Trust Design: Designers must consider how to build trust between the product, its experience and the user. Growing concerns of security and data make this an integral part of great UX design.

• User Offboarding (sunset moments): As much as user onboarding is an important aspect of design, designers must also pay attention to how they can create great moments of resolution for their users.

• Brokered AI Moments: It will become the responsibility of the designer to create interfaces that allow different AI systems to work together in harmony.

• Textile Design: Design and user experience will soon be based on an interweaving of different metaphors, practices, technologies and dimensions. This “textile design” will see designers incorporate various aspects to create new, colourful experiences of the web.

As the world around us continues to change, so should our approach to design. By considering the future along with these design predictions, we’ll be able to carefully design and map out the experiences of today.

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27 Oct 2016   webgap

Interview: The Rules of Human Design in the Digital World

In today’s world, technology impacts our lives in more ways than we like to think and good design has encouraged this adoption. Just think of how the realm of digital touches almost every aspect of our lives with well thought-out design. Even the average technophobe can join in different movements in the digital age!We recently came across an interesting interview where talented User Experience Designer, Rita Feldman, discusses some basic elements of human design in the digital world.Some of the questions she covered include:• The most common mistakes designers make and the steps designers ...

03 Nov 2016   webgap

Biohazard: Iconic Symbol Designed to be “Memorable but Meaningless”

Creating an internationally recognised symbol is no easy feat. Back in 1966 a group of engineers and designers created an iconic symbol that’s still in use today. Using the unconventional method of crowd-testing, a synonymous icon was designed but it had no recognisable meaning. According to Charles Baldwin, an environmental-health engineer who contributed to its development, the team that created the symbol wanted “something memorable but meaningless, so we could educate people as to what it means.”The symbol needed to meet the following criteria:• Striking in form to draw immediate a ...

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