The first mobile phones which had the functionality of a computer appeared in 2002. Since then, smartphones have gotten faster, increased their functionality and nowadays are an essential part of your life as phone, alarm clock, music player, photo camera, place to play games and many other things at once. The American analytical agency eMarketer, which specializes in studying the digital market, predicts that by 2018 every second mobile user will have a smartphone. Given this, the demand for mobile apps will increase as well. As app development forges ahead, new functionality will arise, causing usability and design changes. It’s imperative that you stay knowledgeable of these trends so that you can create apps that are engaging and useful for users. We’ve highlighted some of the main app design trends of 2017 below. Invisible menus
Hidden or invisible menus aren’t really an innovation, they have been used in some apps for a long time. However, now they are really being used for to their full potential. Mobile app designers are limited by the screen of a smartphone – even phablets are too small to place full navigation on one screen. This is why various tricks have been used to free screen space and improve the usability of mobile applications. For example, the use of menu sections which become invisible when not needed, but that are easily accessible at any time.