UX Design: Trends of 2017 take shape

27 June 2017
In 2017, UX Design plays, more than ever, an important role in the client journey with a variety of connected devices.

It is necessary to know that each device has its own way of creating a good user experience. Responsive Web Design makes it possible to be able to consult a site from many different devices, such as smartphones, computers and tablets. The challenge for developers in 2017 is to go even further: creating continuity in the client path from one device to another. In this context, the multi-screen is important from the design stage. 

The field of applications also has its share of innovations. One example is the Progressive Web App (PWA), which is a “mobile first” application directly accessible from a navigator but also behaves like a native application with the same richness of experience. Furthermore, the user neither needs to download nor install it on a device because the application allows standardised web navigation via a browser. One downside for the moment is that these applications are not yet compatible with iOS technology. 

The humanisation of interfaces also becomes more and more important. There has been significant improvement in vocal conversational interfaces, which allows for a true fluidity in interaction and makes them operational for the greater public.

Additionally, textual conversational interfaces, or chatbots, are being further developed. They offer an automated client service. The client can ask questions or send comments via chat and the chatbot responds, thanks to its knowledge of key words, questions, responses and themes (based on a script), and tries to give an adequate and contextualised response to the user. Software robots can henceforth understand and analyse received messages. 

Augmented and virtual realities are going to continue to develop in the years to come.

New use cases are always imagined and implemented, such as the use of “sensor add-ons”, which can be attached to any object (ball, racket, helmet, gloves, etc.), which allow these objects to be imported into virtual reality. Full-Body-Tracking is also impatiently awaited. Thanks to the use of sensors all over the body, it will be possible to calculate one’s exact position and movements, also allowing its complete integration in a virtualised space.

During the Aircraft Interiors Expo, AUSY engineering, our German team, exhibited a virtual reality innovation for aircraft cabin layouts, allowing future travelers exclusive access in discovering the cabins. In this context, virtual reality brings an enormous plus to design. Thanks to the solution developed by AUSY, it is possible to visit a custom-made airplane cabin in which the user can change the equipment, the configuration and the colour of the seats, the lights, the walls, storage placement, etc. The user can directly experiment with the design’s final result, before it is even tangibly completed by the engineers.

Delivering the best user experience and improving product ergonomics remain great challenges for businesses facing constant development in technology.

AUSY experts support the largest accounts across various sectors in the completion of their projects, from start to finish, in the diagnostic, UX design, interface design and user test phases.

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