The world of technology is rapidly changing. We don’t carry it with our hands anymore, now we wear it. As it once happened to mobile phones, web design will have to adapt to the new format of wearable devices and to the changes and challenges it will bring.
The web as we know it doesn’t work on wearables. As we described it in another post about the wearable web, one of its main problems is that it doesn’t offer the features or the great amount of content we are used to getting when using other devices.
That’s why web design needs to adapt and implement some changes to get increasingly closer to its new goal: the wearable web.
Changes in web design
In this article, we find some hints of what wearable technology will mean to web design:
- Responsive design. The main characteristic of the new web design is its flexibility to adapt to the increasingly more diverse type of screens. The challenge for designers is to take that responsive design to the next level and to be able to adapt it to the screens of wearables: smaller, tighter and with irregular shapes.
- Direct information. Wearables allow us to access information without even having to get them out of our pockets. This means that the demand for information will be faster than usual, but the loading time won’t be too long, so users will be able to access the information quite fast.
- Interactivity increase. The navigation based on movement is getting through. The time will come when we won’t need a screen anymore and we will be able to navigate only by moving our head, hands or eyes. Besides, voice commands will be developed to make these new ways of navigation possible.
- Minimalist design. There is increasingly less space for screens. That’s why the wearable web needs to take minimalism beyond the design of smartphones and use it to create better websites.
- Font size increase. The 16-pixel fonts we use nowadays are too small for the screens of wearables. Web design is facing the challenge to show more content on a smaller screen, so designers must find a way to show it without users having to get too close to see it. And on top of that, they will have to help them avoid the annoying constant scroll. Not a piece of cake indeed…
Web design must be prepared to take a new step in its development. Wearables bring along new ways of interacting with products and services, i.e., the way we visualise and organise information. In short, wearables will allow users to experience something that, for now, we are only able to take a glimpse of.
Translation by Pablo Velázquez.