Exploring the Exciting Realm of User Experience Design: An Insight into the Future Trends of 2023"
User Experience (UX) design is a dynamic and captivating field that encompasses the creation of innovative products, applications, website designs, and user interfaces. The objective of UX design is two-pronged: Firstly, it aims to cater to the changing demands and provide users with the most seamless and satisfying experience when they interact with these products. Secondly, it strives to ensure that businesses and brands across different industries have the necessary tools to keep pace with the latest advancements that will meet their customers' expectations.
10 Trends in User Experience Design for 2023
The Art of Balancing User Engagement and User Needs: 10 UX Design Trends to Watch for in 2023"
The field of User Experience (UX) design is a delicate balancing act between capturing user attention and fulfilling their needs. The industry is continuously evolving, and it's evident that it's moving towards a more human-centered approach, transcending metrics and putting people at the forefront of design considerations.
Wix in-house UX designer Avital Santo : Here are ten trends to keep an eye on in 2023:
01. | Advanced cursor interactions
The Emerging Role of Cursors in User Experience Design"
The cursor, a basic tool in web design, serves as a connection between users and the User Interface (UI). It empowers visitors to navigate and take action on a website. The importance of the cursor has always been centered on its functionality, but in 2023, it will take on a more significant role as a sophisticated design element in UX trends.
With the help of design platforms like Figma, cursors have been undergoing advancements in recent years. UX designers have transformed the shape, size, and animation of cursors, and even given them the capability to perform actions previously executed through UI inputs.
These enhancements to cursors not only captivate visitors as they browse but also enhance the overall user experience. Avital Santo explains, "Incorporating the cursor into the action creates a more intuitive feeling for websites. In the past, multiple buttons were required to take actions, but the cursor has now replaced many of them. This is a testament to clean and intelligent design.
02. | Personalized experiences
The Rise of Hyper-Personalization in User Experience Design"
In today's world, hyper-personalization is everywhere, from Netflix's curated show recommendations to Instagram's shopping suggestions and Shopify's pre-made playlists. This trend is a testament to the increased focus on personalizing user experiences.
As Avital Santo notes, "In the past year, personalized experiences have become more prevalent, and companies are striving to create a comprehensive package for their users." UX designers are now adapting to individual user needs and fostering an emotional connection through personal communication.
Personalization is beneficial for businesses, especially in eCommerce, as it allows them to target potential customers using data. It also enhances the online experience for users by providing them with the information they seek without having to actively search for it. However, Santo highlights that it is the responsibility of UX designers to go even further in catering to the user's needs. The goal is no longer just to improve customer satisfaction but to craft a meaningful and memorable experience.
As technology advances, UX designers must establish clear ethical boundaries and approaches to create a holistic encounter with users.
03 . | Data visualization
The art of bringing data to life through visual representation, known as data visualization, has become a crucial aspect of user experience. It enables users to better understand and engage with products, fostering a stronger and more trusting relationship between them.
"In the past, data analysis was the domain of experts, but now it's a critical part of how brands, applications, and programs interact with their users," said Santo. An example of this can be seen in the availability of screen time data on our devices, providing a level of transparency and accountability, or apps like Lumen that give users detailed insights into their metabolism and energy levels.
According to Santo, "generic data display methods like pie charts and graphs are being replaced with personalized and engaging ways to present information." He cites the Only You feature in Spotify, which uses a visually appealing and trendy approach to present personalized music suggestions.
As more brands seek ways to improve user interaction and create a positive impact, we can expect to see a focus on data visualization tools with a stylish, aesthetically pleasing design. The emphasis will be on placing value on the user and creating a meaningful experience.
04. | Dark mode
The concept of dark mode revolves around user interfaces with a predominantly dark color scheme, where black and other dark shades are utilized for the background, while key elements stand out in lighter hues. According to Santo, this trend is driven by the desire to reduce screen-related stress for users and to provide a more relaxing viewing experience. The bright light emitted by white screens can cause eye strain, making it difficult to read, whereas black screens are easier on the eyes.
While dark mode has been a part of various tech platforms such as Apple, YouTube, and Google for a while now, it is becoming a more prominent default in UX design. Designers appreciate dark mode not just for its functional benefits but also for its visually appealing aesthetic. The dark background provides a minimalist, elegant tone that enhances the look of the content. As dark mode becomes increasingly popular, we can expect to see more apps, websites, and products adopt this trend, and more design tools allowing users to easily switch to dark mode without needing to write complex code. An example of such a tool is Velo by Wix, which enables users to effortlessly switch their sites to dark mode.
05. | Micro-interactions
Micro-interactions, small visual movements like the "like" button on Facebook or scroll bars that indicate where a user is on a page, have a significant impact on the user experience (UX) design. Whether it's a swipe, a hovering color, an animation, or data input, micro-interactions make the user experience more interactive, engaging, and enjoyable.
Santo noted that a few years ago, "micro-interaction" was a buzzword, with everyone discussing the benefits of providing users with feedback and making design more dynamic. This trend was started by Google, with their buttons enlarging when clicked.
In 2023, micro-interactions are expected to become the norm in both mobile and desktop UX design. Santo stated that everything must now be dynamic to avoid an outdated look, and that the Wix Editor, for example, now includes small animations and color changes to make icons more interactive and provide feedback to users as they build a website.
06. | 3D designs
3D design has been around for a while, but we're expecting to see it revitalized and advanced in 2023," said Santo. "We're forecasting a rise in user-friendly design tools that will make 3D design more accessible for designers of all levels."
"What sets this resurgence apart is the introduction of new and innovative 3D tools," he added. "We're seeing 3D design being integrated into web and app design, and this was once a task that required complex software. But now, with the advent of user-friendly design tools like those from Adobe Illustrator, 3D design has become much easier to create.
07. | Clean user interfaces—with a twist
Minimalism has been the standard in UX design for some time, with a focus on clean, flat interfaces," according to Santo. "However, with a younger audience in mind, we're starting to see more creative touches added to these simple designs. Even flat designs will have standout elements to add a bit of surprise and interest for the user."
Santo gave an example of the Pitch interface, which features black and white with flat icons but also incorporates a sophisticated gradient. "This small addition shows how unexpected visuals can bring a fresh and interesting experience for the user," he said.
08. | AI-driven content
AI-driven content is designed to cater to the unique needs and preferences of each user through the use of machine learning algorithms. Although not all UX designers may rely on AI tools, they are increasingly being integrated into the design process to enhance efficiency in the user experience.
AI technology can simplify research processes for UX designers by automating tasks like content selection and recommendations. In line with the overall UX design trend in 2023, AI helps to deliver personalized and relevant content, increasing user engagement and retention. This is crucial in today's digital landscape where there is fierce competition for user attention.
Additionally, AI-powered tools that are user-friendly and accessible to non-designers are becoming available. For instance, Wix ADI allows users to create a professional, tailor-made website by simply providing information on what they want to include.
09. The metaverse
The concept of a metaverse, a real-time virtual space for users to interact with, has gained popularity in UX design circles. The blurring of the divide between virtual and physical worlds is a key trend in metaverse UX, achieved through the utilization of cutting-edge technologies such as augmented and virtual reality. These technologies enable users to fully immerse themselves in the metaverse and interact with virtual objects and avatars as if they were in the real world.
Another important trend in the metaverse is personalization, allowing users to tailor their avatars and virtual environments to their unique preferences. This opens up new avenues for users to express their identity and personality in creative and innovative ways.
10. Responsive design
Each year, new screen sizes are born, and with them, a need for UX designers to adapt their creations to these devices—whether it’s one the the three newest iPhones, a smart TV or a laptop. This is where responsive design comes in. Responsive design means setting up a fluid user interface that can adjust to fit any browser space or screen, ensuring consistency across different devices.
“We’ve been living with responsive design for a while, but more and more we understand that it needs to improve,” said Santo. In fact, in 2021 approximately 55% of mobile traffic came through using mobile devices. “In the past, we would think about the areas that need to be designated with the best version of our designs, but today that needs to be everywhere.”
Whether working with responsive design programs, like Editor X or building layouts that are smart and simple enough to work well in any situation, it’s more important than ever to think about screen size and consider the pros and cons of responsive vs adaptive design.