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With another year under our belts, it’s time to look ahead to make some predictions about design trends we expect to see. In the past, we’ve explored design predictions by tapping design experts around the world. 2021 is no different: we reached out to designers from many different regions to better understand their thoughts on the design industry’s future. Without further ado, let’s jump straight into the trends that are sure to have a big impact on us all this year.

Design Will Go Dark

At this point, many of your apps and mobile products have likely come with a handy dark mode. Whether you prefer the aesthetics better or maybe it is easier on your eyes, many of the designers we spoke with thought that dark mode not only is here to stay but will become much more prevalent in 2021. …


and Break Less Things

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If you’ve spent time in and around startups over the past 10 years, you’ve inevitably heard the saying “move fast and break things.” The idea behind it is that startups must be quick to explore new ideas and bring products to market to disrupt their markets. It was also coined as one of Mark Zuckerberg’s mottos.

This phrase certainly has its merits, as there is never enough time to do things perfectly in a startup. …


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What an unexpected year we’ve had. From a pandemic to political unrest, we can all agree that we are ready to leave 2020 behind. To end the year on a more positive note, we’ve picked out some great mobile interaction designs. Luckily designers around the world are still finding inspiration in these unprecedented times and creating wonderful things.

1. Shopping App Interaction by Karol Cichoń for intent
Online grocery shopping has become much more popular during this pandemic. This app concept approaches the add to cart function quite differently. When a user taps on a product and is taken to that product’s screen, a quick tap of the add to cart button moves the page’s content up. Next, a cart icon and the contents of it pop up at the bottom of the screen. Then the items move over to the left to make room for the newest product, which falls down the screen to occupy the last spot on the right. …


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What a year it has been. Can you believe the holidays are nearly here? Around this time each year, friends, family, and colleagues begin to scratch their heads and wonder what they can get for the designers in their lives. And to help, we provide a yearly guide. (See our 2019, 2018, 2017, and 2016 picks for a bit of nostalgia!) Read on below to see the inspiring gifts for designers we selected this year.

1. Four Point Puzzles

Who knew puzzles would be such a hot commodity in 2020? We sure didn’t, but luckily, there are many puzzle purveyors to make extra time indoors a bit more fun. In particular, designers would love Four Point Puzzles, thanks to their focus on contemporary art and design. …


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As temperatures continue to drop and half the globe gets ready for winter, designers worldwide are still heating the internet with their mobile interaction design work. This month we explore some retail, finance, and delivery app concepts that visually rethink the “add to cart” feature and more.

1.Money Transfer for Banking App by Brave Wings 🔥
There are many peers to peer payment options out there, but none are particularly personalized. This app concept reimagines the experience with a simple design in mind. It enables you to choose from candy-coated visualizations of your different accounts you might pay from. Tapping on one makes them all fall to the bottom of the screen and pulls up a suggested group of people to pay. Once you’ve selected a friend to pay, the group slinks down the screen, and while it is fading, a keypad appears. After tapping in the amount you want to pay, a quick swipe towards the “send” button completes the transaction. …


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Creative businesses enjoy the best results: they have innovative employees, popular products, and high sales. But there are definitely right ways and wrong ways to build a creative business. Companies need to see the value in the creative process and then create a culture of innovation by encouraging new ideas and giving employees the time and resources required to explore them.

There are many reasons why companies might want to invest in the creative process. They might want to future-proof their organizations by coming up with new and exciting products that will drive sales in the future. Or maybe they want to encourage employee participation in hopes of driving engagement and retention. …


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Design is such a unique discipline, with creatives flocking to it from so many different concentration areas. They might be experts in product, graphic design, or mobile interaction. But what all these designers have in common is that they all have a unique story. There was something that piqued their interest, and in many cases, it was an unavoidable path the designer felt like they had to go down based on life experiences and what they couldn’t stop thinking about.To explore this topic further, we connected with numerous designers to understand what drew them in. We asked them:

  • Why did you get into design? …

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With several months of the pandemic under our belts now, it’s time to reflect on some designs creators all over the world have produced to help improve our health and mobile experiences. This month we bring you five mobile interaction designs that cover meditation, health, icon design, and more. Dig in to learn more.

1. Pull-to-Refresh by Guido Rosso for Rive

Many apps need to refresh in order to generate new content, but it’s generally a standard design that includes a spinning wheel or something similar. This mobile interaction design brings some personality to the refresh process. It offers three options when a user pulls down to refresh. One features a cassette tape spinning. The second launches a satellite into space. And the third travels through space to watch the earth and moon rotate. This provides a new take on what refreshing means and how it might tie in with the purpose of an app. We can imagine a world in which an astrology app is refreshed by a user dragging and releasing at the top of the screen and encountering a short trip through space-adding a joyful interaction to the user flow when they least expect to be delighted. …


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Smartphones were all the rage when they launched. Never before had consumers had such powerful computing power in their pockets. Fast forward a few years, and this excitement started to turn to addiction. There were so many apps and so little time.

Recently Netflix took on the harmful underbelly of social media sites with their documentary The Social Dilemma . Many of the downsides mentioned in the film can also be expanded to mobile in general: companies are competing for attention, and their monetization models encourage them to seek it relentlessly. …


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Beyond making an impact or working on something they really care about, most entrepreneurs dream of making it big with their startup idea. Either they want to sell their company to a well-established company or be able to ring the bell at the New York Stock Exchange on the day of their initial public offering. But this is no easy task; entrepreneurs must have a solution that customers want to pay for and understand how to build a business that will continuously grow.

To help the entrepreneurs out there that want to achieve more with their businesses, we interviewed seasoned entrepreneurs who have had successful exits in the past. We asked them how they were able to build and sell their business. And we present the common threads we picked up on to provide a way forward for an app and product purveyors who know they are onto something but want to take it to the next level. …

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