It goes without saying that the days when trends could be measured in decades are gone. The pace of change has managed to accelerate tenfold and failing to keep up will only leave you lacking.
The successful products of today, regardless of their nature, need to differentiate more than ever. Consumers are increasingly hungry for new technology but also for products which are responsible. With this said, we take a look at four of the trends that we believe will shape up the landscape of product design in 2019.
Modularity will become the norm
One thing that we have observed in the last couple of years is that modularity and smart design are almost going hand in hand. A great analogy to use here is architecture. Modern-day architecture has switched its focus toward the development of efficient, versatile, and sustainable spaces. The same thing applies to product design. The need for seamless integration of various products is growing and the designers of tomorrow will undoubtedly have the principles of modularity incorporated.
There is a growing trend in the minimalism movement, people are now more than ever inspired to do more with less. Minimalism applies to the best practices for creating a B2B website and to a ton of other areas of product design. But why? Well, consumers are becoming more driven to buy fewer items and to expect more performance for them. That’s natural. This is the main reason to ensure that your product design practices follow the trend of being multi-functional. It has begun to take place already, but we believe that it will continue to be a force to reckon within the year to come as well.
The simple fact is that our Earth isn’t getting any bigger. On the other hand, we keep producing plastic, unsustainable products, and pretty much everything that’s simply destroying our beloved homeland. Hence, we believe, that sustainable or green design is going to be a particularly important trend to follow in 2019. People are becoming increasingly aware of environmental issues and that’s one of the things which will catalyze this trend.
UX will matter more
Agile user experience was definitely one of the 2018 hot topics, but we are positive that this year will also see a lot of it. Moreover, we believe that UX design will become a lot more developed and leaner. It’s evident that UX is becoming a lot more personalized, simpler, and smarter. We’re also observing the rapid adoption of biometric authentications, in-app gestures, voice-based interfaces, and whatnot. AR and VR are also becoming increasingly hot. They are changing the user experience in a range of different ways and it’s important for any product designer to keep them well in mind.
We expect that the above will be at least some of the hot trends in product design in 2019.