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Trends in Interactive Design – 2013

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A visually appealing presentation on upcoming design trend for the year.
In fact, this presentation highlights one challenging aspect about Interaction Design.

Changes.

Looking few years back when iPhone first came out, users were amazed at how Apple delivered such a usable product because of its interaction design. People slowly adapt to the new interaction model and a new standard for design slowly emerged. People are desiring more for easy navigation and eye-pleasing interaction in software design. User behaviours are therefore slowly changing.

Firms like Airbnb and Pinterest embraced this change and designed their product in ways that put user-centered design first. Result? They became wildly popular and users are craving more.

This change in user behaviour and expectation seems quite volatile in sense that the direction and speed it is moving in is quite fast and unpredictable. We as designers can only rely on data to predict what’s the next big design trend is but often times it is experimental.

And this is exactly why interaction design is so intriguing. The changes are evolving quickly and the studies behind user behaviour models are constantly on the move.

Startups, this is how design works.

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http://startupsthisishowdesignworks.com/

[dropcap1]A[/dropcap1]n amazing website that explains what design is in a nutshell. Designed and written by Wells Riley, a Product Designer at Kicksend as well as an experienced web designer. I’m particularly fascinated by its simplicity, yet concise organization of definition along with minmal graphics.

Wells Riley nailed it home. The entrance of a designer is proving to be a vital part of a startup company. The illustration of the pyramid (my personal favorite) demonstrates the inevitable need of a designer into the team mix.

As an UI designer myself, Wells’ inspiringly use of web elements provoked my thoughts in design – I believe all elements should work in unison in bringing a unified theme to the users. Not one single element should stand out but rather all elements should be cohesive enough to bring out a whole.

One other interesting note to take away from the website is the resources it listed near the end of the page. Wells highlighted quite a few of the designer social media pages that’ll allow businesses and developers in recruiting designers into their mix. To a greater extend, even a designer like myself can take advantage of the list and sign up for the social pages that I wasn’t part of originally.

Take a minute or two to quickly browse through the site.