The smartphone continues to evolve, and it’s where a good chunk of the world still peruses websites of all types. While mobile design is certainly nothing new, emerging UI/UX trends are now focusing on newer smartphones.
These screens have rounded corners and no frames, making the screen space slightly different from the usual seen for a long while. This means web designers have to consider new ideas to make images fit within these vertical (and horizontal) rectangles.
More than just the screens, you also have to think about new smartphone hardware and how things look aesthetically.
Some smartphone screens are getting larger if going by the new iPhones on the market. They now narrow the borders around the screen, giving more screen space, no matter the screen size.
For web designers, this added space is a big deal and means at least a quarter-inch more area to place information. It also demands cleaner design since it still is a limited space to get across your message.
Any of you with prior experience with mobile web design knows mobile editions usually mean having to cut and reformat desktop versions. Smartphones of today require this even more since the rush to find information only becomes shorter.
A clean design means providing just the facts and scaling up those images due to cleaner screens. Additionally at play is an increase in pixels on smartphone screens, playing a big factor in how you present imagery and text.
Improving Quality of Images
On iPhones alone, the LED quality on their screens is truly eye-popping. Most of the top smartphone designers of today now offer higher pixels in their screen displays, demanding all web designers step up in enhancing imagery.
Many sites take advantage of this by using brighter colors to show off those displays. Then again, it is best not to overdo this and just make sure images and text are razor sharp for reading in any lighting conditions.
Some websites now enlarge landing page text to accommodate this, and as a smart branding move. You also need to think about small page elements by focusing on well graphics and buttons stand out.
Another thing to keep in mind is the more smartphones evolve, the more they become miniature computers. More than a few are now as powerful as a laptop. Your design now has to reflect how your website appears within the context of how people use their phones.
Optimizing for Gestures
The touchscreen changed the game for mobile web developers. Now with many smartphones requiring even more complex gestures to navigate, all design needs to focus with this in mind.
If your desktop version of your site focuses mostly on mouse clicks, you may have to reinvent things so it means opening menus or turning pages with a left or right swipe. Other gestures should be considered to perform certain functions, something Apple now offers in abundance.
Before considering your UI/UX, look at the smartphone’s operating system you have to design on. Whatever that might be, it could mean the touch sensitivity is different on the touchscreen compared to others.
In other cases, it might mean working in concert with other features on the smartphone itself. Considering these have advanced computer functions, you could incorporate some of your design with those elements.
What Design Elements Can You Incorporate With Smartphone Features?
Things like GPS and even built-in cameras easily work in tandem with your web design. These features are not new, yet more and more new functions are being added. Augmented reality is already being utilized on iPhones and iPads.
Designing with the use of these features on your website opens up a lot more possibilities and usefulness. Can you bring AR to your website using built-in smartphone cameras? Can GPS become a feature of your design to give a more local flavor to your visitors?
A few of these might be challenging to incorporate on mobile screens. Yet, the push to simplify design on complex technology is the new impetus in a smartphone world.
Visit us at Jaroop to learn more about the latest UI and UX trends.