7 Exciting Trends in Mobile App Design

Friday December 11th, 2015


So, you thought of building your dream app and you must be looking for ways to make it a hit from the start, right?

Well, then the first thing you need to do is to keep an eye on the latest trends to stay up to date with all the revolutions in the mobile industry.

If you do not know what is new, how can you make your app exciting?

So, let us take a look at the latest trends in mobile app designs and see how they are evolving and how you can make it work for you.

1.Bigger Phone Screens

Mobile screens are becoming bigger and it has a direct effect on the way that apps are being designed. As users mostly navigate an app with the help of their thumb, they will not be able to reach the opposite top left-hand corner of the screen.

So, you need to position the interactive elements of these apps in the bottom right-hand corner of the screen.

For left handed users, a two-handed grip is recommended or the interactive elements should be made large enough to be assessable from any side of the screen.

Another idea that you should consider is using a customizable interface so that one can flip the UI.

2.Swiping Instead of Tapping

Swiping the icons on a mobile phone screen has become the new tapping. Therefore, many mobile app designers are opting for this kind of feature on mobile phones.

For example, the Tinder app, which has more than a billion users, has the swipe right or swipe left feature to simplify the use of the app which gives the users a user-friendly experience.

3.Designing for Wearables

According to IDC, 45.7 million wearable tech devices would be shipped in 2015, including wristwatches, clothing, and eyewear.

Wearables are smart devices which can tell you the duration of your work schedule, the day’s forecasts or the day’s scheduled meetings. So, how will this affect the way mobile app designers’ work?

Here you may consider the importance of glance. The wearables should deliver the content that the users can digest in a glance, unlike mobile phones which users can stare at for hours.

This means that you need to focus on the color contrast, typography and contexts as these are particularly important for designing wearables.

4.Material Designs

You might be aware of the flat designs for apps which have been evident in recent times. But, there are problems associated with such designs.

With all the texture removed from the design of the apps, it can be difficult to tell which elements are interactive. Today, the new trend is layered flat designs or material designs for apps.

Like skeuomorphic designs, you might try out material designs for your app to bring in the concept of shadows and other light effects.

5.More Movement

These days, smartphones are becoming powerful computing devices with 3G giving way to 4G. With fewer restrictions on the power and bandwidth, we thus see a lot more movement in the design of mobile apps this year and that is only giving way to smarter mobile phones.

This is because the movement is very advantageous for mobile app designs. With movement in the app design, you can draw the user’s attention to a particular item and guide them to do the necessary actions which will create a more delightful and enriching user experience.

6.Subtle Color Schemes

Every year, there is a change in the color scheme for mobile apps. This year, mobile designers are focusing on very subtle color schemes which emphasize the soft contrast.

The softer color schemes result in a less scattered experience as dark color contrast draws more attention from the eye. Toning the colors down and muting the shine thus gives users a pleasant experience.

7.Adding Blur to the Background

One prevalent mobile app design trend is adding blur to the background of mobile screens so that translucent apps stand out. This is important so that there are no usability issues for the users.

The opacity of the background is an essential ingredient for enabling users to read the app properly, depending on how many icons or widgets the users keep in the background. Adding a Gaussian blur to your mobile app design makes the app stand out and make is more easily readable.

Mobile app designers must keep these latest trends in the mobile app design arena in mind when designing their newest apps for mobiles. One may find more trends, but these are the ones that we found the most exciting and thought each app designer should know about.

So, do you have any trends to share? Please feel free to leave your comments below and thanks for reading!