In 2022 product design trends are going to focus on human-centered designs, minimalist styles, expressive fonts, and immersive animations thanks to increasing popularity of AR/VR.
Here is our selection of top product design trends for 2022:
1. Using code based design library:
As proud code-based evangelists, we’re excited to see more organizations making the switch to code-based design libraries. It allows product teams to build fully functioning prototypes quickly. Designing with production-ready design components eliminates product drift and streamlines design handoffs.
Using popular libraries such as React UI library, Material Design 3 allows development team to start prototyping or building their applications when designer inputs are lacking.
Typography is crucial for creating a consistent brand UI design. Using typography one can create unique impression that can leave a lasting impact. Typography also allows you to be inclusive, create better accessibility for the apps. In keeping with such shift in user demands designers can opt for legible, UX-friendly typefaces using subtle quirks to stand out from the crowd.
Minimalism not only looks cleaner, but it’s better for a product’s user experience. Minimalist UIs play a critical role in UX design psychology, accessibility, and inclusive design. Reducing components and CTAs makes it easier for users to digest interfaces and find what they need.
Minimalism also enhances design consistency and makes building and scaling a design system easier–creating more efficient end-to-end UX workflows.
4. Dark Mode:
Some audience segments prefer dark mode if they tend to use applications for long periods, because it puts less strain on their eyes and makes content easier to read.
Popular UI libraries offer dark mode alternatives. Many digital products and websites for younger audiences tend to have a dark mode switch, which reiterates one of 2022’s popular design trends of user personalization.
5. Conversational designs:
Conversational designs or voice user interface design is one of the fastest-growing and exciting segments in software products. With rising popularity and incorporation of voice assistants and chatbots across software products, we will see more innovation and standardization for conversational designs or VUI over this coming year.
6. VR UX & The Metaverse:
Facebook’s rebrand to Meta and shifting its focus to the Metaverse will likely mean increased VR product demand for gadgets like HTC Vive, Oculus Rift, and Google Cardboard, to name a few.
There are currently three VR user experiences product designers create:
- Virtual Reality (VR): A fully artificial environment with total immersion using a headset and other hardware.
- Augmented Reality (AR): Virtual object overlays in a real-world environment using mobile devices or glasses.
- Mixed Reality (MR): A mixed real-world and virtual environment.
VR UX design follows a similar design thinking process; however, the viewports and environments are significantly more complex. Much is happening with VR and the Metaverse; it’s difficult to pin an exact trend, but we will see a push for more work-related VR products this year.