Even if we just go ten years back, it was kind of impossible to design a website all by yourself. You would have needed hard tools and needed to know coding languages like  HTML and CSS. The first website that went life was on 6th August 1991. Then WordPress came in 2013, Figma came in 2012, and now fast-forwarded to 2022, so many choices are available in the market. You can easily make a simple website all by yourself if you are familiar with all the tools. 

With the web of cell phones in the market, the rapid rise in the number of websites, and innovation in UX/UI have also traveled great miles. The usability and aesthetics of a website or apps are more important than ever for digital products, especially to the point they can make or break a business.  Million dollars are spent on each other just to innovate sth that will close the distance between humans and technology. 

Doesn’t it make you wonder what the future holds for UI? What rapid changes will come that will changes the user experience for good?  

In this article, we are going to talk about it and discover the future possibilities exactly. Let’s dive into it. 

Designing for Virtual Reality 

Contrary to what most people think, VR is not just used for fun. The technology is utilized to increase the efficiency and productivity of various fields and functions.

Take the automotive industry as an example. Companies like BMW have been using VR to review the engineering of digital prototypes of vehicles. This saves them money because they don’t have to make actual prototypes. VR can make you feel like you’re in a real place, so you can train in a realistic setting without the risks and costs that come with it.

So How does VR work, and What Part does Digital UX Design Play? 

Virtual reality (VR) refers to an artificial experience that entirely submerges the user in a virtual world. A virtual reality headset is required in order to provide a convincing 3D environment, complete with a stereoscopic 3D picture and stereo sound. Because this technology also includes input tracking, it is able to follow the user across the digital world and determine what they do there. 

For instance, when a player moves their head in real life, it will feel as though they are moving while playing the game.

The user experience (UX) designs used for VR apps operate in a totally different way from those used for apps that run on ordinary screens. VR designs must use modern UX design techniques and think about touch, sound, and depth, among other things, to give a real-time feel. 

Integration of Brain-Computer Interface

Facebook announced at the F8 Conference that its developers worked hard on a brain-computer interface (BCI) that would enable users to type with only their minds. To complete the task, optical imaging will be used. 

The device scans your brain to pick up on your thoughts while you speak them aloud and then translates them into the text; technically, you don’t need many typing interfaces. This notion has obvious benefits for medicine and the healthcare business. Recent BCI research has focused on improving the quality of life for paralyzed or severely disabled people. Like a paralyzed patient is able to use the tablet without any sort of touch!

So How Will BCI Change UI For Designers? 

With the emergence of BCI, a large portion of the design process will be taken from a designer’s mind. As a result, a designer must analyze how this change will affect what they are working on. And this is how UI designers will transition into BCI designers ( more specialized). 

The way information is processed now and how it will be processed after BCI is fully operational will be completely different. Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) designers will also need to incorporate new sciences such as neuropsychology as they develop their design thinking. 

But don’t worry, it won’t happen overnight. The design of the BCI is continuously being developed and refined. Still, it’s just a matter of time before neurological signals begin to influence website design, user experience, and our general society.

Augmented Reality is Another Breakthrough

We all know little about augmented reality, maybe because of movies or TV shows. We’ve thought about a future where digital and real life are mixed, and you can do things like make hologram calls and go to other worlds. The filters on Instagram are a great example. AR is mainly used for fun and games, but we can’t ignore how important it is in the fields of education, work, and medicine.

So How will AR Change UI for Websites and Apps? 

In the future, AR will eliminate screen-based work. Designers can place items and elements in space. This includes scrolling, tab-switching, and page-loading. UX design aims to lower the user’s cognitive load and make tasks more efficient. AR could improve UX, but screen-less interactions may also create more challenges.

UI/UX design for AR is still in the experimental stage. So, it’s still early enough to “break the rules” or even define what the rules are and will be. In line with design standards, technology will get better, and this will help make the next big thing in computing. In ten years, “air tapping” with AR smart glasses might be as natural as pinch zooming on a smartphone is now.

Gesture Recognition will be more Enhanced

Gesture detection isn’t completely new; take the iPhone as an example. Users can use touch interactions with the screen elements by making motions on this device. Though it has found applications in numerous fields, including robot control, navigation systems, and medical research, it has yet to become commonplace in our everyday lives.

But the next generation of user interfaces will be a touch-free interaction paradigm that will take people to a whole new level of engagement.

How will Gesture Recognition Change User Interfaces?

Touchless interactions will bring a new outlook to the human-computer interaction paradigm, resulting in completely unique user experiences. In recent years, the rapid advancement of gesture recognition technologies and the declining cost of sensors have enabled product designers to develop an entirely new spectrum of gesture-based solutions.

Gesture recognition UX offers tremendous opportunities to alter how we engage with technology. As gestures are not the same for everyone, it will be necessary to be as proactive as possible, and the learning curve will be severe. We are just at the start of a new computer era in which people will communicate with machines as they do with one another.

Voice User Interface 

Remember the first time you used Siri on your iPhone 4S? It was an incredible experience, no? And since then, we are all aware of how far we have come with Alexa, Google Assistant, Cortona, and a hundred more advancements.

One of the most prominent developments that will continue to dominate in 2022 is voice user interface, to the point where mouse and keyboards will become obsolete. The facts speak for themselves: by 2022, 50 percent of households are predicted to own smart speaker devices. Not to mention the rise of voice notes on WhatsApp and voice search. Voice UI may direct and assist consumers in navigating complicated digital products without the need for other elements, such as screens.

How will Voice User Interface Change The Roles of UI Designers? 

The greatest benefit of voice UI is that it eliminates the need for a graphical user interface and improves the user experience of your website or application.

A small but increasing number of user experience designers have become full-fledged voice user interface (VUI) designers in recent years. Even though it may seem like a peculiar specialty skill, mobile design is a decade-old practice. Voice user interface design will soon emerge as a crucial strategic competency for the next generation of designers. 

All of these major changes will take us to the next level of the technological era. 

Welcome, to ZERO UI!

A transition from rectangular devices to a screenless world, where we will control our devices with just movements, voice, or just by thoughts!  

It doesn’t literally mean we will stop using visual interfaces. It will be a new paradigm in which the interfaces we are so accustomed to will fade into the background, allowing us to connect with our devices more naturally and simply.

Experts predict that designers will need to broaden their knowledge base beyond design to include fields such as psychology, biology, and data analysis. Why? The more these designers can learn about the “why” of user behavior, the better zero UI designs they will be able to make.

It may seem impossible to implement, yet many well-known companies have already begun doing so with their zero UI strategy.

For example, 

If you’ve ever owned an Amazon Echo, changed the channel by waving at a Microsoft Kinect, or set up a Nest thermostat, you’ve already used a device that follows Goodman’s Zero UI philosophy.  It is about moving away from touchscreens and interacting more intuitively with the devices around us. With haptics, computer vision, voice control, and artificial intelligence, Zero UI gives designers a new way to work.

As these technologies become more intuitive and simple to use for the next generation of users, we will be able to enjoy a more visually stunning computing experience that will test our ability to keep up with the mass of data they have to share.

For future user interfaces, the amount of change that could happen is scary and exciting, and it’s something to look forward to when new technologies and products break new ground.

Like right now, we have wearable computers. Who thought it would be there someday?  It is one of the most accurate examples of how UI has been reshaped. 

Wearable computers, often known as wearable interfaces (or wearables), are small, wearable electronic devices (mostly wrist)—for example, smartwatches, wristbands, rings, pins, and spectacles.

Wearable technology aids in performing manual work and keeps you on track with your daily activities. The majority of gadgets are put to use in the health and fitness industry, specifically for monitoring vital signs, serum cholesterol, caloric intake, and other similar metrics.

Connecting a wristwatch to a smartphone, for instance, grants the watch some of the functionality of the smartphone. Once paired, it gives calling, email, message, and Twitter alert, etc.

Examples of highly developed wearable technology include Google Glass and hearing aids powered by artificial intelligence, among others.

Wrapping Up

As technology advances, so will the demands placed on designers. To design across contexts and devices, designers must acquire deep domain knowledge and apply numerous design methodologies. 

Technology is a complex, dynamic creature that, as described in dystopian science fiction literature, will be able to self-regulate itself in the next century. Designers must prepare for this by developing the required soft and technical abilities to deal with an ever-changing world!

The future of user experience will be specialized. Having a specialty or specialized expertise will become increasingly important as the experience and capacity of UX designers at all levels grow.

This is already reflected in many existing job advertisements for UX positions. Companies are increasingly looking for hybrid UX/UI experts, interaction designers, UX researchers, content and product designers, and even voice-guided UI experts.

Transitioning from generalist to specialist is straightforward, with a good foundation in UX. This is a fantastic opportunity to broaden and diversify your experience. Learning to code, brushing up on design strategy and team leadership, or delving further into analytics are all fantastic ways to prepare for a successful career in UX.