The beginning of screenless design: UI jobs to be taken over by Solution Architect


When your mobile responds to your voice command or just a single touch, the time taken for mobile app design and development reduces. Not in terms of features or functionality but in terms of development. The design aspect of the mobile application development will be less of a hassle with the screenless architecturing.

Typically, the solution architect renders the requirements created by functional analysts into the architecture for that solution and describing it through architecture and design artifacts. But with the idea of screenless designing, I have a strong belief that the solution architects will take over the job of UI designing. Here are few points that will support the statement that I just mentioned.

1. Voice command will do majority of the task

  • Siri : Book a ride for me
  • Amazon Echo:  Play Lincoln Lawyer on Netflix

With Alexa application development, the surge in the demand of Amazon Echo has been notable. Apple has freshly launched it’s HomePod. It is fitted with Siri and has been designed to rival the Amazon Echo and Google Home speakers. The revolution of technology is inevitable.

2. Chatbot development is enhancing the customer service industry

With chatbot development, you do not need separate screens for all processes Chatbot can bring information in same window as per desire of the user.

  • Chatbot for Domino’s : Entire booking process can be integrated in one window.
  • Chatbot for Hyatt: Once the user enters the booking date and requirements of the room to be booked, Chatbot handles the entire booking process by just few commands of the user.

3. Collaborative Layers

With multiple layers like google maps and other social media app interfaces, the custom functions have become ease of navigation. Functions like sharing picture has become easy with a feature that enables sharing without even having to be on that app. Few of the examples of such mobile apps are listed below:

  • Book a ride option from Google Maps reduces screen visits at UBER or Ola.
  • Custom Notifications where you can reply or do few action on notification itself reduces screen usage at the app.
  • Deep linking : deep linking will help user to directly navigate at the right screen which eventually reduces a screen usage.

4. Storage Economy

Everything we do involves a cost in it. More Screen needs means cost of development will be high, more screens means more API calls means more bandwidth means more expense on server infrastructure. More Screens means more storage required at user device means more expense at user end.

5. IoT & Rise of Bluetooth Devices

Gartner, Inc. forecasts that 8.4 billion connected things will be in use worldwide in 2017.

We have seen rise of bluetooth devices which eventually help devices to talk with each other without manual intervention. And this will lead to less screen design need. Yes you can call it AI & Machine Learning but more or less it is just a system design, system should be self sufficient to act without manual intervention, that is what technology needs to do right. Doing right things at right time without being supervised.

6. Pile of Screen Resolutions

It makes a lot of sense to reduce screen usage because world has gone exponentially in-terms of screen resolution , there has been new adaption on auto layout for mobile apps , responsive web design for web user interface also to deal with multiple resolution.

More Mobile Less Time

As we have witnessed that the world has become mobile, very mobile rather, this changing on marketing strategy has become unavoidable. Earlier it was like how system can be designed in a way that customer spends most of the time in the mobile app. Now architecture is being thought differently and prime focus is on getting the right information at right time without any hassle. This strategy ensures you happy customers. You send motivational quotes to your friends every day to stay engaged with them versus you help your friend when they need. Which one will be more effective?

I believe, if you are into UI/UX Design field start thinking to build your system screen less or with less screens. And if you are solution architect you should master this architecture.

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Ketan Raval
Working for Let's Nurture Canada,Founder Moncton Cares Rotarian, Planning And Advisory Council Member For City of Moncton, Board of Director for New Brunswick Business Immigrant Association. Global Shaper from World Economic Forum, BNI Member. Investor, Business partners, have successfully failed, have failed fast. Supporter of all good, Friends of many, Son of few, Father of two ,Husband of One. Spending free time in writing, reading, watching sports. Love to spend time with good people instead of smart people