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AI is transforming the way we interact with digital products and user interfaces are changing as a result of that. Below I will explore some of the ways UI design can progress with the help of AI.
Invisible interface or invisible design is a design concept that minimises the user interface to create a seamless and intuitive experience. Although invisible interface is not new to UX/UI design, advances in technology and AI in particular make it easier to understand and implement.
Invisible interfaces rely on gestures, voice recognition, behaviour pattern recognition (among many other features supported by AI) to create a smooth experience. For example natural language processing (a branch of AI) allows users to interact in their natural everyday language. This eliminates the need for rigid user journeys and complex navigation, making the experience more natural for people. During the process, some of the standard UI elements, such as buttons are replaced with more intuitive and seamless interactions. Invisible interfaces have a greater emphasis on interactions, micro interactions and their design.
Personalised user interface
AI can learn about users’ preferences by recognising patterns in the way they use and interact with digital products. We all receive personalised content of some form (streaming services, news, online shopping, etc) but personalisation can extend from content to functionality. Providing users with the functionality they need and use most, for example adjusting hierarchy of menus or components, can suit each user to their specific needs and behaviour. As a result the interface will change to accommodate the preferences of different users.
AI adds complexity to user journeys and they are transforming from a detailed mapped user journey into multiple possible user journeys that are navigated with the help of AI. This makes it extremely difficult to design UI in detail and perfect every element of the design. As a result AI can further advance design systems and their use for future proof design based on flexible and adaptable components. This will allow UI designers to focus on design direction, how components work together and how they adapt visually in different scenarios.
In the future, invisible interfaces are likely to evolve into device-less and truly seamless experiences. Simplicity has always been a key part of design and AI is helping invisible interfaces achieve their goal of a minimal user journey with natural and intuitive interactions.