Evolution is the forerunning principle of user experience. Every participant element in UX Design keeps evolving with time and this renders scope for speculations regarding the future of UX design. And speculating is fun! As the year 2013 hits the town, stage is already set for innovative ideas and creations that surfaced during 2012. Saying that, here are some concepts and trends that we are likely to witness in the user experience arena during 2013.
Food is the new art form. Instead of shelling bucks on artistic creations, today we are willingly paying for food of all shapes and forms- organic, local and sustainable. This year products, mobile applications and business processes will actuate culinary geekiness in their front-end designs. You will be poised with more exhaustive documentation, hyper-specialization and more unique food combinations. UX design will be a forerunner in defining the characteristics of interactions within this ecosystem of wired kitchen.
As more and more rectangular screens are exceedingly become a part of our lives, the information streaming through these rectangles is also increasing fourfold- more feeds, more animations, more data, more widgets, more dimensions. 2013 awaits the trend of harmonizing abstracts of digitization- reducing the density of information and simplifying visualization and communication processes. We look forward to technology that operates at the edge, rather than the center of our attraction.
3# Augmented Dialogue
Mobile technology has already unveiled ways to take our searching, navigating and exploring abilities a notch higher. App-assisted communication will be the centre of attraction this year. Don’t know what to say, how to say, where to stand or when to put a full stop? Smart phones will help you rule the roost in the arena of interpersonal communications. Apps like Mindmeld will harness speech recognition capabilities and recommend content and information based on your conversation. Google is also following the suite. The SE giant has set plans to implement gestural inputs and voice commands to make searching for facts simplified, without violating web standards. 2013 will see us outsource more, rather than working upon our in-house capabilities, thanks to the augmentation of mobile tech.
4# Agile Economies
2012 witnessed the strongly evident tiff between mobile opportunists and stable and static urban business setups. 2013 will be party to granular capitalization of the public marketplace, as innovative service technologies bring together free time and open space.
As physical attributes of consumer technology evaporates from our lives- becoming volatile, lighter, thinner and almost invisible- we see an up surging interest in nostalgic artifacts representing physical modeling of technology. But again, we don’t want clunky old school devices to don our swanky workplaces. We wish to have it both ways.
In 2012, Instagram took over the marketplace, giving your 8-megapixel iPhone shot a 1970s patina look instantly. In this New Year, the UX design will also join this herd, as the history of technology holds same significance as its future.
6# Faceted Video
If internet is a buffet of information, videos are its big meat ball chunks. These are heavy, impermeable when it comes to search, relatively hard to embed, spread and remix and clumsily adorned with pause and play buttons. 2013 will put to table new ways to chop up, break down and share video-based content. And key indications are already on their way. From being the cryostasis in late 1980s, GIF has become the most favored format to share likes of Gangnam Style. It has even been officially declared as a verb by Oxford Dictionary. Fixel and Cinemagram apps have rendered image-video hybrid possible. Looking forward, we also expect inception of video searching capabilities as well as new ways of linking videos to other components of the World Wide Web.
7# Sensory Bandwidth
As the technology advances, we are exceedingly devising ways to simultaneously juggle the real world and the virtual world, relying on sensory reserves the most. After the introduction of Siri, the voice-controlled app, in Apple last year, several mobile giants started working on the same lines. In-vehicle systems and TV are also following the suit. In 2013, non-visual interfaces are likely to gain high traction in mobile computing world, especially assisting people with disabilities.
2013 is regarded as the year of innovation and technological augmentation. As for UX Design, new realms are likely to be unveiled.