Designing a mobile interface that smoothly integrates a native mobile feature, (like a built-in camera,) is a skill that can take user experience to the next level. Apps like Yelp, Overstock, and RayBan have already introduced mobile users to “augmented reality” through a mobile UI. 2012 will likely usher in the more frequent use of A.R. features in mobile apps, making interactive design a growing component of UX.
You can also expect to see more apps designed to integrate gestures into their primary navigation in 2012—designing for a touch, drag, flick, tap, or two-fingered swipe will require a uniquely different approach to UI
2012 forecasts improved technology and more frequent use of HTML5, JQuery, CSS3. Instead of a simple roll over state, we’ll likely see more rich interactive animals on the web in 2012.
Flexible design will be super-relevant in 2012. With the growth of more devices & browsers will come the increased demand for mobile/desktop designs that render a consistent, quality UX across platforms. Fluid layouts will move from theory to majority practice in 2012, and become a standard website feature. User interface designs that work well with a mouse click or a finger tap will stand to be both popular and practical. Traditional desktop design elements like the scroll bar will be phased out because of their inability to deliver an integrated & flexible UX on mobile devices.
2012 brings with it the most progressive mobile UIs to-date—streamlined, highly usable mobile interfaces that have full-feature functionality. Apps give mobile users direct access to essential tasks & actions through a fast and friendly UI. Mobile apps are explicitly designed to let the user do more with fewer actions/steps. We can expect to see more websites adopt this stripped-down, action-driven approach in 2012, inspired by “mobile-first” UI.