The Look of New Software Design Trends
July 23, 2014
Author: R. Halou
Even if looks weird, trends in designs are important for software and web developers as well. And in this domain, trends can change really often. To make an idea about the speed with all these can happen you can think about that a webpage can be outdated in design just a couple of months after its release. Yes, trends do change fast and they affect how people percept any software and applications, so it is a constant worry for the ones that have to develop them and that means that all software developers are with their eyes set up for watching all the changes in trend in this domain.
Some may say it is too early, but even from this point we can see how the software design trends will look like in the next year. This can be told by the fact that people are starting to like simplicity and functionality in things, rather than flashy stuff that does not help much. Thus the flat design will be a star in the trend of the next year. The flat design is based very much on letter types and the use of color for enhancing the design, rather than using glows or shadows. Something like this is much easier to understand and becomes more reachable for a larger group of users. Using different tones of color can really make a difference in design and even create the illusion of a 3D pattern.
If we started the discussion about simple things, then the nest level will be to take minimalism into consideration. The minimalism trend focuses mainly on putting the functions ahead of everything else, thus the design will remain clear and simple. Not to mention that this type of design is very friendly on mobile interfaces. Simple typography and use of colors in a simple design seems to be what needs to be attractive these days. People stopped liking all the flashy and textured designs that were so popular in the past years.
Why the sudden change, some may ask? Maybe it is because of the fact that content and quality of information became more essential than actually the interface itself. When there is such large quantity of information coming in in daily basis, simplicity is considered to be golden. Because we need something that works clean and it is easy to understand, in this constant filtering and searching throughout this vast sear of information. Also, simpler to use interfaces or simple apps save anyone time, so precious these days, in the way that we unroll the action we need and more forward. And when we are talking about simple apps we always have the price reason, whereas here it is much lower than other apps, considered to be, disruptive.
Today a big concern in developing of software represents the invasion of mobile devices in all environments. This means that the apps what are being developed and software as well have to be able to be applied to these devices as well. Old school software depended very much on the existence of visual buttons, which usually had to pop on the screen. Now, the available software for mobile devices are no longer tied to this visual controls and can take commands even in the absence of any indicator that can be visible on the screen.
All in all flat and simple design will be what people will demand in the future, because we need a design that can work with us not stand against us with its too tricky and flashy features that takes too long to decipher. These are more for computers and laptop when you have time to sit down and take a thorough lookout, but in an era where mobile devices surrounds us and became our most trusted companion, software and applications must be compatible for them and make them more enjoyable. Simple means elegant, fine and fast, and speed always interests us in any domain. People are interested in apps that actually helps them with their functions and content and not by the fact that they look pretty. Thus, in consequence the trend in the future will be set to accomplish just that. But keep in mind that trend, no matter in which activity field is present, is not a stable feature and is very much prone to change. So do not be amazed if different trend types will emerge and replace the ones we already know and are so much attached to.
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