Note: This is part II of UX meetup. You can find Part I here
In the first part we spoke about the basic of the UX and its definition and how adopt it in your design. In the second part here, we have an open discussion of what is the trends.
During speaking about the basic of the UX, we mentioned the UX triangle. It is clear here every side of the triangle is dynamic and once it come with new thing like user needs, the other sides need to obey for changes. This what make a trends!
For example, when the iPhone 6s released with 3D touch feature, many apps release an update to implement this feature in their apps.
Speaking about the trends, instead of getting every thing on the screen, I was trying to make the session more interactive by letting the guests discuss what they think?
Trend #1: Scrolling
If you look around, you will see most of the users are holding their phone with one hand and scrolling with one thumb. This means, you need to design the apps that will retrieve the data automatically once the user reach at the bottom of the list. You see this clearly with apps like Facebook and Twitter. This also means, the users don’t like to click/tab any “NEXT” button to move him to the next page!
Trends #2: Wearables
As the Smart Watches are coming very popular and the users will depend on it solely as they did with mobile phone, it will become big needs to design your apps to be works on the smart small wearable devices. Currently, the watch and mobile are working side by side. We expect that the watches will be fully worked as stand alone without a need for mobile phone.
Trends #3: Smart Notifications
Usually, you get many notifications every day and with all of these notification you may miss important ones. What you need is to get the right message at the right time when you need it. For example, as you daily commute from home to work and back on almost same time and using same route. There is no need for Google NOW to says “It is time to drive home” as you already waiting to this moment. It will be great if you just get in the car, or even just before, there will be alert like: “there is a traffic jam on your way, take this alternative route [link with GPS]”
That will make you day and happy as you get of the traffic before you get in. Another nice example, as mentioned by one of the guest, is when you get alert of the flight changes while you in the airport waiting at the wrong gate, before even the airport announces it. Is just amazing.
Trends #4: Social Communication
As social media grow, you need to take care for every social network and make sure you handle the users request just as they communicate with you. It is not a good practice to get someone reach via Twitter and ask him to send an email! Just answer him via the window they are coming from. If it necessary to get into email for example, explain first why you need to do so.
Trends #5: Micro Interaction
The small effect you see when you click on the like or share button that generate sound and animation, this is called micro interaction.
It makes the user more engaged and interactive with the system. It like a call back or feedback of the action that already done.
Trends #6: Mobile payment
With Apple Pay and Android Pay already playing big role in the market, there will come to some day where you no longer carrying your wallet with all the cash and cards. It will make shopping easy and convenience way for people to pay in store with just hover the device over the payment sales point.
Trend #7: Development Tools
It worth to mention, as most of the guest from the development side, that many development tools and language are released and developed recently with a goal of making programming easier. For example, take the prototyping tools, there are many tools in the market where you can design and generate prototype what actual works on device for testing purpose. Even with apps development, as the hybrid apps come on the ground in very strong positions. The battle of being better than native is almost over with many of them are going with native feel and look.
At this point we have spoken about recent tools that comes in, such as:
- Xamarin, if you want to learn one language to write the base code then deploy on 3 platforms.
- Adobe Comet, (upcoming) new tools for prototyping.
- Neonto Studio, a new prototype tools that generates native apps for both iOS and Android.
- Just in Mind, nice and easy drag and drop tool for prototype that you can export it as HTML
It also worth to mentioned, for testing there are many services that let you test your site/apps like Usability Provider where you can test your product, or even come as tester to help others.
Finally, at the end we exchange the different resources that can everyone can use in order to learn more about UX, including books, Blogs and online courses.
In additional to the following Blogs and websites:
There a good blog from UXBOOTH for these resource you can find here:
Here is list o f books another good list.
Thank you all for this and please let me know if you have any feedback
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