With the help of leading designers from across the industry, Dribbble has analyzed what’s happening in terms of design, innovation, and culture, and offers a forecast some of the biggest trends to expect in 2022. Among them: dark mode and typographic landing pages.
More time than ever before is spent on mobile apps, reaching 4.8 hours per day—nearly one third of waking time—in the top mobile-first markets, according to the State of Mobile 2022 Today by App Annie Research. Advertisers are taking note of the broad reach and deep engagement of mobile apps—mobile ad spending is on track to hit $350 billion in 2022, after surpassing $295 billion in 2021.
The word "phygital"—a portmanteau of "physical" and "digital"—is cropping up more and more as digital marketers expand and enhance strategies in which brands use bricks and clicks to entice customers, Axios reports. Cashierless stores like Amazon Go and the growing popularity of BOPIS (buy online, pick up in-store) illustrate this trend.
The so-called Great Resignation was one of the top stories of 2021 as “record” numbers of workers reportedly quit their jobs. But a closer look suggests that quitting last year was higher than normal but not off-the-charts abnormal, writes Jay Zagorsky of Boston University on The Conversation. What’s more, only a few sectors like accommodation and food services are responsible for most of the turnover.
Fact-checking is popular worldwide, with 300 websites in 80 countries, but their numbers are dwarfed by the volume of misinformation spreading across the internet, Grid reports. The problem is not just the sheer scale of misinformation and disinformation campaigns; research shows that facts can change opinions, but only to a point.
Forget Silicon Valley and unicorns—small but mighty innovations are the true breakthroughs of human ingenuity, Virginia Heffernan writes in Wired. Improvements to ordinary things may be no Blue Origin, but that's because they're better: more useful, less hubristic, and far, far cheaper.
Electric, gas and water companies are increasingly vulnerable to cyberattacks, but are working to keep up with the threats, Government Technology reports. The Connecticut Public Utilities Regulatory Authority says phishing attempts are the largest type of attack and “pose a significant risk to all of the state’s critical infrastructure entities.”
Advertising giants, data brokers and many others on the internet know a lot about your life. It’s not possible to wipe the slate perfectly clean, but you can significantly downsize your digital footprint. Wired explains how to do it.
The longevity horizon of a laptop is like the longevity of a human: It partly comes down to responsible behavior, partly genetics and partly just dumb luck. Even so, CNet reports, there's a lot you can do to stretch the lifespan of your existing system.
A project led by one of the key creators of Google Glass aims to let people have conversations without talking or using their hands to type, sign, or gesture. Called SilentSpeller, the project is a communication system that allows people to send texts using a high-tech dental retainer to spell out words without actually voicing them, according to a demo video and academic paper reviewed by BuzzFeed News.