2022 Trends Forecast: DX & Project Management

2022 is here, and with a new year comes new trends, because in our industry, nothing stays the same for long. But that’s why we love it – new technologies, platforms and methodologiess are always evolving and we enjoy the process of learning and adapting to help our clients grow bigger and better.

So, we asked the agency for their predictions for the coming year. Check out our DX & Project Management 2022 forecast below…

Stephanie Maguire – Senior UX Designer

Hello holographic

With Metaverse in mind, I think there’ll be a shift towards aesthetics that give a nod to futuristic technologies. One that has a habit of making an appearance is holographic colours, looking space-like and other worldly. Apple consistently play with bright holographic gradients and I think that’ll only grow with other brands this year.

Design for dark mode

Dark mode is growing with users choosing to limit eye-strain and preserve battery with darker colours and lower lighting. Apps are widely accounted for already, but I expect to see an increase in websites using the same dark mode principles, giving the user the chance to be in control of their experience – and it’s a fun little widget to include.

Minimalism is getting bigger

Particularly looking towards finTech markets, we are seeing an increase in simplification. Getting to the point, key features and functionalities brought to the surface and presented in a clear, concise way. This leaves plenty of room for interaction design to play a vital role in bringing these beautifully simple websites to life.

Mobile hierarchy

With the controversial change to the safari browser bar in iOS15, I’m predicting a real shift in UX patterns on mobile devices. Whether it’s more advanced gesture control on site, or stacking valuable assets away from the interference of the device UI, I imagine there’ll need to be plenty of A/B testing this year to ensure mobile products are still functioning as effectively with this change.

Tim Fitzpatrick – Programme Director:

A big year for virtual reality

With the introduction of the Metaverse, while we might not all be talking through avatars in 2022, I am predicting that 2022 will be a big year for virtual reality. At the start of 2021, 1/6 of US consumers had access to a VR headset, back when the price was $599 for an Oculus device. Oculus have since been bought by Facebook, and the price of their latest generation headset is around the $350 mark (that’s £299 for us in the UK). This a price-point where more people can buy it “just to try it”. So, we expect to see companies scrambling to make a dent in the AR and VR world by trialing new technologies and cementing themselves in the virtual sphere. For example, outside the home we’re seeing in-store AR and VR as a means to get people back to the physical retail environment by encouraging interaction.

2022 is going to be an exciting year if this forecast is anything to go by. What do you predict will be big this year, we’d love to know!

Written by:

Leah Groom

Category:

What we think

Date:

28/01/2022

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