A slew of new trends in product design emerges each year. A few stick around for a while, while others fade away after a year only to reappear two or three years later. A good example of this is Material Design, which debuted in 2014 is expected to return. Designers loved this case because it was more than just a trend; it represented a whole design system. While 2019 indicated a preference for isometric illustration techniques, it seems that they have now created a place for new ones.

In some sense, 2021 was a landmark year. Due to the epidemic, almost every sector was forced to move to remote employment and internet activity. In the words of a large IT business, “the Internet became more crucial than ever.” All of these remote-based businesses have one thing in common: they all require well-designed websites to make money. As a result, this year’s trends are significant. Let us face it: customers are more likely to return to an app if the UI provides an enjoyable User Experience.

Although there are several helpful and appealing trends now, it might not be easy to pick one for the whole design process. Despite this, we would like to share 10 trends that are worth remembering – and do not worry, we will not put all those lovely and difficult-to-code Dribbble-style projects here.

AR and VR

AR and VR may be used to determine whether or not a couch is a good fit without the need for precise measurements.

There is no denying that augmented reality (AR) is growing in popularity and usage in the design industry. The well-known anti-nerd game Pokémon Go was the first prominent app where Augmented Reality had quite a large element. IKEA incorporated augmented reality (AR) in their app so that you can see whether the couch will fit in your living room before you buy it.

There are a plethora of reasons why augmented reality will become increasingly prevalent and other sectors that may benefit from its application, such as hair salons or diamond stores. The trend is expected to continue.

Everywhere there is 3D.

In some ways, it resembles augmented reality (AR), but it is completely digital and uses 3D visuals and artwork. The three-dimensional trend first surfaced in mock-ups of project case studies a few years ago, but it is becoming increasingly common in user experience design. E-commerce is a natural match for this style.

Consider rotating the goods on the vendor’s website to see them from every angle. 3D printing is most often used in the automobile sector, but its versatility means it may be used in practically any business.

Voice assistants

Amazon’s Alexa, Microsoft’s Cortana, Google’s Assistant, and Apple’s Siri are just a few of the virtual assistants available today. The future of developing user interfaces and user experiences is unquestionably in the hands of all of these assistants, both those that are now in existence and those that have yet to be developed. You have to acknowledge that driving with voice control is more convenient and, most importantly, more secure.

Tell the navigator where you want to go, and it will take care of the rest. That music you have had stuck in your head all morning is only a voice command away. The companies who make voice assistants are well aware of this and will keep it up to date.

Let your app react

Micro- and micro-interactions are needed to make your app stand out from the crowd since static websites and apps have been out of style for a long time now. Hovering over components on a page causes a little dot to follow your cursor and change color.

Because it reacts to so many different user behaviors, this seemingly little function is critical to the overall user experience. Micro-interactions have largely been noticed in the context of creative firms and freelancer portfolios up until now, but if 3D objects are incorporated, this trend would likely apply to any company.

What if there was a single app for everything?

Owners of apps have trained us to rely on a slew of different applications for everything from keeping up with the news to chatting with pals. If this pattern continues, it may be possible to remedy this issue. Because most of us already use “super-apps” on our smartphones.

Instagram, for example, is not the best example of a “super-app,” but it allows you to see your friends’ images, interact with them, and even watch live broadcasts all in one place. A “super-app” by definition, wouldn’t you say?

A soft palette and a blurred effect

Let us move on to the subject of hues. There is little doubt that pastel colors and fuzzy forms in the backdrop will take the stage this year. Stripe’s home page makes excellent use of this trend.

  • Colorful blurs and pastels.
  • Soft hues and a haze

What makes this approach a viable option? Anything white (like a container with a CTA button) will jump up and compel the user to concentrate on it while the backdrop is blurred. To boost conversion rates, this might be critical. Nevertheless, you could wonder, why the pastels? With so many bright hues competing for attention, a pastel palette might be a novel approach to grabbing the user’s attention in a crowded field.

Every business that wants to remain current and new will find a use for these trends.

A mobile-first design philosophy

It is no secret that smartphones and other mobile devices are taking over the world. According to RescueTime’s study, we spend around 3 hours and 15 minutes a day on phones, and this percentage is only expected to rise. That is precisely why the use of a mobile-first architecture is so critical in developing mobile applications.

Real-world images only.

There is no doubt about it: stock images are fantastic. While many are paid, the vast majority are of really good quality. However, customers will feel more comfortable doing business with your company if you show actual photos of your personnel at work. Though more expensive, it is well worth the extra money. On the other hand, your rivals utilize stock photos from the first or second page of search results, which is what you are doing. Invest in high-quality photography to make a statement in your field.


This tendency has been around for a while, but it is worth highlighting since it is prevalent now. What is the reason behind the rise in the popularity of geometry? Geometry is often used on legal firms’ websites, but it is not only there. Every business that values customer confidence chooses to use a geometric design.

Dropbox is a fantastic illustration of the geometrical trend in addition to the attorneys already stated.

Large, bold typefaces

The final trend we would like to discuss is an increase in type size. Why, once again, is this so critical? As a result, the written text is much easier to read when the typography is large. Of course, this is not always the case, but doing a thorough assessment is always beneficial. In addition to making your customers more attentive to what you want them to notice, using larger font may increase your conversion rate.

Briefly put

Trends come and go for various reasons. This year’s design trends are a significant milestone in the digital world since they provide features that strive to make life simpler, which is precisely what UI/UX is all about.