Graphical user interface has come a long with within the span of few years, with the adaptation of various gadgets with varying screen sizes the importance of Responsive Designs is at peak. Gone are the days of buttons with texts, and Skemorphism, strictly for the purpose of GUI (Graphical User Interface) in favor of much more cohesive User Experience and flatter UI Design.
User Interface vs User Experience
In the your deep odyssey to find out modern designs, you might have came across, Keyword like UI and UX, mostly accompanied together, UI and UX are completely different, but must be implemented together as they complement each other.
UX is focused on the user’s journey to solve a Problem, Ui is focused on how a product’s surface look and function.
Key Design Element
When designing with Modern principles, you need to use a hierarchical approach, as the style enables a flow form top-level down to detail.
Bold fonts in UI/UX Design may not be the innovation of modern UI/UX, one can call it as the evolution of Swiss Style Typography, which was introduced around 1920-1930, which focuses on grids as alignments and follows a proper hierarchy of elements.
Bold fonts tends to gain momentum as most users tends the pay attention to heading first,. UI designers have been exploiting bold fonts to give simple and catchy info regarding its products, features, or services. This is further complemented by the use of Hierarchy, for other textual information like sub heading or description., and high quality photos.
Flat Design Elements
Flat design is a user interface design style that uses simple, two-dimensional elements and bright colors. Originally developed for Responsive web design, where website content scales depending on the screen size. Flat design became popular with release of Windows 8, on Microsoft Modern Ui, and Apple iO7 and Google’s Material Design, all based on Flat Design.
Layers and Soft Shadows
Flat Design, has many benefits, such as faster loading time, and better for responsive designs, but what flat design lacks is the sense of depth. Which modern designers are tackling with use of soft shadows and layers.
Colors and Gradients
Flat designs tends to choose solid colors and restrict gradients to minimum, however modern design languages such as Microsoft Fluent designs and Mac OS Big Sur, are all set up for a revival of gradients back to UI design.
From Smartphone UI to Desktop UI, Dark mode is cruising in 5th gear, that the main reason why in Modern UI, Text and backgrounds are solid colors, with contrasting color., and Colorfulness to the UI, is flared up with rich Images and Icons.
How Modern UI adds to User Experience.
Bold Typography ensures user Attention, Flat Design has faster loading time and built for Responsive UI, that can scale content depending on various screen sizes. Soft Shadows and Layers gives sense of Depth, Trigger points buttons, and offsets menus. How often have we seen a Hamburger menu icon and we release that is a triggerable menu, without any description for it.
Future of Modern UI and UX
Microsoft’s new design language coining as Fluent Design, for the most adapted Desktop operating system, Windows 10, along Introduction of Apple MacOS Big Sur, uses of Soft Shadows, Translucency and rounded corners complimented by fluid UI animations such as hover animations, and Scroll animation will see more adaptation to ensure new flare to UI and UX.