Tiny Trend: Mouse Interactions In Design

by Francis Ocran
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Micro-interactions were one of the biggest trends in 2017. Like a Bitcoin, it was the talk of the office. We happened to witness not just willingness, but eagerness, of developers to change the UX to something better. Slowly, we are stepping into the era of intelligent and comprehensible interfaces.

 

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However, the solution itself has not exhausted its potential. It is neither obsolete nor outdated. Consider, Ben Mingo.

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The front page is a singular-screen slider spiced up with mouse interactivity. To shift between slides, you need to hold a mouse button. The same action evokes a smooth picture morphing. Compared to the previous example, it is more modern and sophisticated.

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  • The first covers mouse interactions that bridge gaps between the web application and users, like in case of Walking Men. Here, a mouse cursor that is represented by a semi-transparent circle enlarges to point out important elements of the UI, such as a menu item or button.
  • The second includes those that were created for amusement and enjoyment like Virtual Self, where the mouse cursor does nothing but increase brightness of the centerpiece.

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