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Innovative User Interface For Digital Media

Augmented reality is the star among user interface designs, as the winners at this year's iF DESIGN AWARD show. 

"You never get a second chance to make a good first impression." This proverb is probably nowhere more true than in user interface (UI) design. UI is the first appearance of a product or service that people see and interact with. The first few seconds are key to making a lasting impression.

Rooted in graphic design, UI is a fascinating discipline that allows designers to bridge the gap between the real and the digital world. The stakes are high: user-friendly, intuitive, seamless are just the basic principles of a successful UI. The realm of what is possible in UI design is reflected by the winners at this year's iF DESIGN AWARD. 

iF award-winning designs 2021

This retail store app is designed for IKEA Harajuku, an experimental project to explore how cutting-edge technologies such as advanced computer vision and augmented reality can help with everyday activities. The app recognizes products and guides the user through how to create their own spaces by automatically detecting products and displaying AR product info.
IKEA Harajuku | Manufacturer: Jido Inc, Berkeley, United States

This retail store app is designed for IKEA Harajuku, an experimental project to explore how cutting-edge technologies such as advanced computer vision and augmented reality can help with everyday activities. The app recognizes products and guides the user through how to create their own spaces by automatically detecting products and displaying AR product info.

The app was designed to create a one-stop smart travel guide that makes it easy for travelers to explore the many cultural attractions of the city of Wu Zhen, China. The UI design uses graphics in the style of ancient Chinese hand-drawn illustrations. Functions include day and night display modes, digitized hand-drawn maps, GPS navigation and intelligent search functions.
Wu Zhen Application | Manufacturer: Wu Zhen, Jiaxing, China

The app was designed to create a one-stop smart travel guide that makes it easy for travelers to explore the many cultural attractions of the city of Wu Zhen, China. The UI design uses graphics in the style of ancient Chinese hand-drawn illustrations. Functions include day and night display modes, digitized hand-drawn maps, GPS navigation and intelligent search functions.

This app is a baby monitor with AI that automatically recognizes and captures meaningful moments, like a baby’s smiles, big body movements, and family interactions. Parents can use the app to access photos taken by pixsee, which are sorted and archived on the cloud. The app’s security features alert parents in real-time when the baby cries and offers tips on childcare.
pixsee App | Manufacturer: Compal Electronics Inc., Taipei City, Taiwan

This app is a baby monitor with AI that automatically recognizes and captures meaningful moments, like a baby’s smiles, big body movements, and family interactions. Parents can use the app to access photos taken by pixsee, which are sorted and archived on the cloud. The app’s security features alert parents in real-time when the baby cries and offers tips on childcare.

The SmartWorkflow solution gives operators direct visual guidance on patient position, which coils and accessories for an MRI scan to select, and where to place them for an optimized exam set up. This reduces errors and helps less experienced operators set up exams faster. The touch screen user interface offers direct access to automated features, such as landmarking.
Philips SmartWorkflow - Guided exam setup | Manufacturer: Philips, Eindhoven, Netherlands

The SmartWorkflow solution gives operators direct visual guidance on patient position, which coils and accessories for an MRI scan to select, and where to place them for an optimized exam set up. This reduces errors and helps less experienced operators set up exams faster. The touch screen user interface offers direct access to automated features, such as landmarking.

Huawei Medical Imaging is a user-friendly, AI-powered system that offers fast analysis of CT images, plus a new way for doctors to interact with AI. Based on AI algorithms and an immersive user interface, the system can help pre-identify Covid-19 infections and automatically generate diagnosis reports.
HUAWEI SMART MEDICAL IMAGING + AI | Manufacturer: Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd., Shenzhen, China

Huawei Medical Imaging is a user-friendly, AI-powered system that offers fast analysis of CT images, plus a new way for doctors to interact with AI. Based on AI algorithms and an immersive user interface, the system can help pre-identify Covid-19 infections and automatically generate diagnosis reports.

Audioclip is a service that features various types of audio content, including audiobooks, lectures, ASMR, and more. The app analyzes frequently played audio data and offers themed playlists to users, which they can easily select and set to their home screen. The audio player is designed with minimum control buttons and an intuitive UI.
Audioclip | Manufacturer: NAVER Corporation, Seongnam-si, South Korea

Audioclip is a service that features various types of audio content, including audiobooks, lectures, ASMR, and more. The app analyzes frequently played audio data and offers themed playlists to users, which they can easily select and set to their home screen. The audio player is designed with minimum control buttons and an intuitive UI.

This interior design app was designed to establish a transparent, specialized, and customer-focused system. The tone and manner of the Apartmentary website give an impression of an upscale design studio. The user experience was designed to be similar to their familiar e-commerce platform.
Apartmentary | Manufacturer: Apartmentary, Seoul, South Korea

This interior design app was designed to establish a transparent, specialized, and customer-focused system. The tone and manner of the Apartmentary website give an impression of an upscale design studio. The user experience was designed to be similar to their familiar e-commerce platform.

Ionia is a mobile e-bike app that lets e-bike users check the current status of their bike battery and solve battery-related problems remotely. Apart from that, Ionia is also an e-bike fitness app that makes many functional features related to the battery accessible in typical usage through a user-friendly interface.
IONIA | Manufacturer: Vestel Germany GmbH, Munich, Germany

Ionia is a mobile e-bike app that lets e-bike users check the current status of their bike battery and solve battery-related problems remotely. Apart from that, Ionia is also an e-bike fitness app that makes many functional features related to the battery accessible in typical usage through a user-friendly interface.

This TV smart home system lets users monitor the whole family's devices through just one single remote control and presents all information in one single display. Users click to expand the shortcut card to control the device. Simultaneously, the system displays more detailed usage data for the device in an exquisite 3D model and engaging visual data.
Xiaomi TV Smart home | Manufacturer: Beijing Xiaomi Mobile Software Co., Ltd., Beijing, China

This TV smart home system lets users monitor the whole family's devices through just one single remote control and presents all information in one single display. Users click to expand the shortcut card to control the device. Simultaneously, the system displays more detailed usage data for the device in an exquisite 3D model and engaging visual data.

DoctorNow is Korea's first telemedicine and drug delivery app that helps resolve some of the country's barriers to receiving medical care. It provides online doctor consultations and medication delivery. Patients can get medication delivered within 30 minutes.
DoctorNow | Manufacturer: Doctorguide, Seoul, South Korea

DoctorNow is Korea's first telemedicine and drug delivery app that helps resolve some of the country's barriers to receiving medical care. It provides online doctor consultations and medication delivery. Patients can get medication delivered within 30 minutes.

Galaxy Z Fold 2 satisfies the need for a large screen while elevating foldable technology into a completely new mobile user experience. The new multi-window feature enables the busy user to use multiple apps in any part of the screen for greater productivity. The Flex mode allows the user to set the phone upright to take pictures and make video calls hands-free.
Galaxy Z Fold2 Experience | Manufacturer: Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., Seoul, South Korea

Galaxy Z Fold 2 satisfies the need for a large screen while elevating foldable technology into a completely new mobile user experience. The new multi-window feature enables the busy user to use multiple apps in any part of the screen for greater productivity. The Flex mode allows the user to set the phone upright to take pictures and make video calls hands-free.

The JBL Partybox app supports the new generation of Partybox series. The Partybox main features include personalized light show settings and play with real-time freestyle lighting interactions. The app also includes a customizable microphone EQ to enjoy Karaoke, with tap and play for embedded sound effects to add more fun to the party.
JBL Partybox app | Manufacturer: Harman International Industries, Inc., Northridge, CA, United States

The JBL Partybox app supports the new generation of Partybox series. The Partybox main features include personalized light show settings and play with real-time freestyle lighting interactions. The app also includes a customizable microphone EQ to enjoy Karaoke, with tap and play for embedded sound effects to add more fun to the party.

This app empowers companies and employees to drastically reduce the number of individual business trips by car. Users benefit from a tightly integrated, corporate ridesharing option that enables business travel with comfort and convenience. Within six months, 80% of pool's own employees offered over 13,000 shared business trips, the equivalent of 2.4 million kilometers in total.
pool - Carpooling for Companies | Manufacturer: MHP Management- & IT-Beratung GmbH, Ludwigsburg, Germany

This app empowers companies and employees to drastically reduce the number of individual business trips by car. Users benefit from a tightly integrated, corporate ridesharing option that enables business travel with comfort and convenience. Within six months, 80% of pool's own employees offered over 13,000 shared business trips, the equivalent of 2.4 million kilometers in total.

This app lets users monitor embroidery progress and device status, tasks they could previously only check on the device itself or on its operation screen. This means that the user can perform other creative tasks elsewhere in the workspace during the embroidery process, giving them an efficient and comfortable sewing environment.
My Stitch Monitor | Manufacturer: Brother Industries Ltd., Nagoya, Japan

This app lets users monitor embroidery progress and device status, tasks they could previously only check on the device itself or on its operation screen. This means that the user can perform other creative tasks elsewhere in the workspace during the embroidery process, giving them an efficient and comfortable sewing environment.

thyssenkrupp's carValoo brand offers a cloud-based and multi-brand service to fleet operators. The app provides them with automated and real-time damage detection and creates transparency on the entire usage history of a car in order to save costs and increase uptime and safety.
carValoo — seamless digital car documentation | Manufacturer: thyssenkrupp AG, Essen, Germany

thyssenkrupp's carValoo brand offers a cloud-based and multi-brand service to fleet operators. The app provides them with automated and real-time damage detection and creates transparency on the entire usage history of a car in order to save costs and increase uptime and safety.

Aline helps people align their investments and consumption with their values The app's personal value index based on six main criteria translates values into sustainable finance. The app gathers data from an initial survey and from regular value updates to weight the index according to the user’s values, making suggestions about how to adjust to their investment portfolio.
ALINE | Manufacturer: NH Investment & Securities, Seoul, South Korea

Aline helps people align their investments and consumption with their values The app's personal value index based on six main criteria translates values into sustainable finance. The app gathers data from an initial survey and from regular value updates to weight the index according to the user’s values, making suggestions about how to adjust to their investment portfolio.

This is a digital fundraising tool for supporting organization or cause. Donors can chose between various touchpoints, such as "classic" online donations, call-to-actions, or QR Codes and NFC tags on a smartphone. twingle's user interface offers an intuitive user experience focused on relevant core functions.
twingle digital fundraising tool | Manufacturer: twingle GmbH, Berlin, Germany

This is a digital fundraising tool for supporting organization or cause. Donors can chose between various touchpoints, such as "classic" online donations, call-to-actions, or QR Codes and NFC tags on a smartphone. twingle's user interface offers an intuitive user experience focused on relevant core functions.

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The iF DESIGN AWARD winning designs in the new discipline, User Interface, all follow the one big goal which is to communicate with the user. And there are several ways to design an excellent user interface: From minimalist designs to bright colors that appeal to the senses, a simple UI focusing on the core functions and removing unnecessary distractions is a welcomed trend. And yet, a few surprising details sprinkled in-between keep users coming back for more.

The iF award-winning designs provide the finest in technology. Augmented reality is the star among modern user interface designs, a futuristic way to bring a UI to life. Add to that interactive illustrations and animations – and you have a UI that is not only future-oriented but ground-breaking. To fully explore the possibilities of AR, "IKEA Harajuku" invented a retail store app that allows people to virtually furnish their homes before making a purchase. The city guide app "Wu Zhen" incorporates hand-drawn moving illustrations, and the baby camera app "Pixsee" features a playful design, but also provides safety for children. Because that’s also part of excellent UI: offering digital solutions to real-life challenges. In the medical field, new amazing technologies like the MRI scan "PhilipsSmart Workflow" and "Huawei Smart Medical Imaging" use the UI to display important features for the best possible analysis.

All this is to say: designing a great UI is not just pretty to look at but essential to creating a great digital experience that enriches our lives in the real world of today and tomorrow.

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(published in September 2021)

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