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How Gartner Technology Trends Will Change Design in 2019

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Advantages of introducing digitalization

Digital transformation driven by multiple emerging technology impulses has propelled a huge disruptive power across various industries in recent years. The effect of implementing innovative tech-fueled trends has revolutionized the entire market and totally changed the way how businesses should streamline workflow and improve interaction with their customers.

The stats above show that early adopters are already enjoying the benefits of integrating new tech solutions into their business processes. What’s more, a recent survey proved that the adoption of such new technologies as IIoT, AI, digital twins and advanced analytics have the greatest potential to improve operational excellence and user experience. Given this, the year 2018 challenged many late movers to change their mindset toward innovations and implement them as soon as possible.

Gartner list of technology trend

Gartner, a famous advisory and research firm, decided to help companies out with defining which tendencies are really worth adopting within their work processes. In order to make the things easier, on October 15, 2018 Gartner came up with a comprehensive breakdown of 10 recommended tech insights that will be the key drivers on the evolving market of 2019.

What’s on tap for design?

Previously, we already discussed the most popular trends for UX design in 2019. The Gartner trends are more globalized though and embrace the entire development and integration landscape. However, as the title of this article implies, we are mostly concerned with the way of how novel technologies can impact web and app design in the coming year and beyond. Here is the top 10 strategic tech trends list provided by Gartner with our takes on their potential implementation across a scope of design practices.

1. Autonomous Things

This trend means a wider introduction of intelligent systems and devices for the sake of workflow automation while allowing humans to perform less routine business tasks. Despite the fact that 70% of consumers seem quite skeptical about utilizing self-run agents like driverless cars, the overall horizon looks very promising.

You may wonder, however, what’s there for design. Design solutions will be focused primarily on robots and other smart assistants themselves to optimize their communication competence when it comes to effective M2H (machine-to-human) interaction.

2. Augmented Analytics

Today’s analytics can benefit much from using Machine Learning capabilities to analyze business data on the go and build precise and easy-to-do strategic roadmaps for almost any industry. It goes without saying that those business owners, who are quick enough to make use of the results of augmented analytics for their design flow will definitely have prime mover advantage.

3. AI-Driven Development

Actionable Artificial Intelligence algorithms and models enable businesses to skyrocket performance outputs and hugely increase efficiency while predicting customer needs and expectations. Is it any good for design? Definitely so. AI-powered solutions coupled with robust design techniques and practices can create new customer-centered eCommerce platforms, add the most intuitive tools for app users to help them with their shopping journey, and eventually convert occasional website visitors into the most devoted customers.

4. Digital Twins

Generating two facets, physical and virtual, for your products and services is yet another great tech trend that will gain much traction in 2019. When applied to design, it enables smooth and timely testing and monitoring in terms of effectiveness of certain design solutions. Also, a digital twin approach lets designers estimate customer reaction, visualize data and easily control each and every stage throughout the design flow. The idea of implementing edge computing lies in allocating all the resources like visual data, content and other processing capabilities so that get them closer to end-users. On-premise data processing systems can greatly help design professionals enhance their deliverables and provide users with more advanced UX-driven solutions. For instance, they will be able to improve the way a commercial website looks with lots of hi-res images and videos without any glitches or decreasing the pages loading times.

5. Empowered Edge

The idea of implementing edge computing lies in allocating all the resources like visual data, content and other processing capabilities so that get them closer to end-users. On-premise data processing systems can greatly help design professionals enhance their deliverables and provide users with more advanced UX-driven solutions. For instance, they will be able to improve the way a commercial website looks with lots of hi-res images and videos without any glitches or decreasing the pages loading times.

6. Immersive Experience

There are three reality types, namely VR (virtual reality), AR (augmented reality) and MR (mixed reality) that have already become a sort of table stakes for many industries so far. However, the potential of utilizing them in design yet leaves much to be desired. Everything seems to be changed in the coming year as the potential of zero-touch user interfaces is really groundbreaking. From chatbots to facial expression recognition to voice command enablement – all these innovative features enhance the way how users interact with multiple devices and platforms around them.

7. Blockchain

As a distributed ledger, blockchain gains considerable traction among various businesses all over the world. Secure and transparent blockchain-based models and algorithms enable designers to equip their projects with the safe and sound website and app features that presuppose using personal customer data. Will it improve the overall user experience? Certainly, yes.

8. Smart Spaces

The notion of smart spaces is not new and means providing an open actionable digital environment for both tech-enabled systems and respective human professionals. For designers, having a robust ecosystem that allows a scope of vibrant opportunities is a must-have condition for great effectiveness in 2019.

9. Digital Ethics and Privacy

Alongside blockchain-fueled advancements that were mentioned above, there an overall attitude toward providing strong user data security and privacy tools has emerged so far. Given this, designers are becoming key IT experts, who can offer the most reliable and hackproof features to app and website end users. They are intuitive and secure forms for order info and contact details, purchase history, behavioral buying patterns, to name just a few.

10. Quantum Computing

An approach of orchestrating information in form of quantum bits is very promising for business as of 2019. Quantum computers can grant designers a wide spectrum of opportunities. The key benefits they will gain from utilizing quantum capabilities in their design processes are multitasking enablement and great scalability of operations. Being able to perform a plethora of various tasks at a time and exponentially calibrate the entire design flow can surely give a competitive edge for your UI/UX design team.

Do not hesitate to contact us right away to see more specialized findings for your business.

Originally published January 11 2019, updated January 11 2019

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