UI Patterns Well Suited for Mobile Navigation
Unlimited flexibility and opportunity is given for creative designers in Mobile Navigation designing. While there are numerous ways to design user interface, some of these patterns have found to be user friendly and workable than others. The whole point in coming with the user interface is to make it intuitive and reduce the complexity for the users trying to learn about the interface.
All the needed controls should be familiar as well as it should look unique and customized. Further interface design should also adhere to consistency, when the users have chosen to move on.
Listed below are some of the top picks when it comes to mobile navigation,
In order to take advantage of “touch” in smartphones sliders have been integrated. However ,as a means of navigation they are underused. They are the perfect tools when the total number of elements to browse is relatively small. Along with gesture control these sliders are natural and also fun. Mobile designers use sliders to navigate through progressive and closely linked pages. Sliders are a practical solution that make the design unique at the same time reduces its complexity.
If you want to save screen space then pictorial icons are the best option to go for. These pictures are self-explanatory about the link they point to. They can also be used to bring out unique interface design. The uniqueness depends on the arrangement of the icons, style and even the animation of the icon. Eg.Circle map. Pictorial icons can be integrated with sliders to make the integration feature even more attractive.
Card grid pattern attaches more adaptability and simplicity to the design. Smartphone users always experience that menus are split into grid of buttons, where the user will have to touch/press/ select the relevant card to go to the required page. Eg.Microsoft Lumia screen that integrates a vertical dropper screen to accommodate all the options.
Spinner wheels are just like those in the casino but heavy on the coding part. You can use gesture as well as touch to spin the wheel and choose among multiple options. One big disadvantage is the continual repetition of options. Unlike sliders which have an end, spinner wheel are continuous and engages the user in more fun interaction.
The type of User Interface one chooses depends on the exact balance he/she want to strike between creativity and simplicity. Its always best to find the midpoint as excess of any is damaging.
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