Brilliant UX Design Patterns For Enhanced App Navigation Experience
It’s no more a secret that investing in a mobile app is a profitable deal for both your business, as well as, its customers. While a mobile app helps expand your reach to a wider target audience, on the other hand, it serves as a vital element that helps in streamlining business processes.
So, if you have planned, or still planning to develop a mobile application, it is important to ensure that it is simple to understand, and useful at the same time. Remember that an app that is not useful won’t have any additional value to it, which makes it worthless for users. Even if your app is useful, but seem difficult to learn your users’ won’t probably bother understanding how to use the app. But, such concerns can be taken care of with the help of a good UI design.
If you’re running a business that sells some products and/or provide certain services, then it is very important for you to know about how your customers’ use and feel about your offerings. And creating a user experience (UX) design can help in increasing customer satisfaction by enhancing the usability and interaction between your customers’ and products.
When it comes to creating a UX design, there are several patterns that you can consider for creating a winning solution. Most importantly, you need to focus on how users can navigate through all of your app features. Through this post, we’ll review some of the important design patterns that will help your target users navigate the features of your mobile application efficiently.
Providing Users With a Walkthrough
As we’ve discussed above an app’s usability is a key feature that helps in making it successful. But, often making an app useful end up in making it more complex – that contains plenty of content and tools for use. But, you can address such an issue, by implementing a walkthrough within your app that demonstrates how an app’s functions.
For example, the InVision app makes use of some great hints to explain the intuitive features of their app to users in the form of five different modes. Below are the screenshots of the two modes (i.e. Preview and Build Mode) of the InVision app:
So, in case your app features are not known to the user, walkthroughs can help reveal the app’s functionality, thereby making the app less complicated. An app walkthrough not just help in simplifying user experience, but also provide users’ with an engaging visual experience that make users come back for more.
Showing Relevant Information in Popovers
When users start using your app, it is important that they know: where they need to head next and how. You can lose potential customers, if they can’t navigate through your app. But, creating an effective navigation for your app can help your users interact with the app in an efficient manner. And one best way to do so requires creating a popover design pattern.
Well, many users seek to obtain relevant information using your app without losing their position in the user interface (UI). And popover can help achieve such an objective with ease. This design pattern provides users with a straightforward way to view the most important information or take the desired action as you want.
Popovers act as “pop-up” that appears every time a user performs some particular action or navigate to a certain place in the app, while your original content remains visible in the app’s background. The popover, in general, help in bringing the attention of users’ towards important notifications, as and when required. The best part is that users can easily get rid of the popover and return back to the app original screen just by clicking on an icon or swiping the screen.
For example, the groupme app makes use of popovers to help users perform quick actions.
Adding Hidden Controls: Slideouts, Sidebars, & Drawers
As you may know, unlike a website that provides users’ with complete information, an app only requires displaying the most important piece of information to users. However, presenting content on small screen devices and making it fit according to a small-size UI seem a challenging task for many app designers (especially novices).
Fortunately, with the help of design patterns such as slideouts, sidebars or drawers, you can move from one part of the app to another without making the content appear as cluttered. These patterns serves are usually hidden in the form of collapsible “hamburger menus,” or “plus/minus” icon corresponding to the app navigation bar and so on. Such hidden panels enable users to interact with the most important piece of information.
For example, the New Your Times app contains a sidebar that displays the information just like any contents page.
Irrespective of the type of content, you would like to add in your app design, it is important for you to make the content fluid. That’s because, improving the way how your information is being presented to the users is a cost-effective way to heighten user satisfaction.
In simple words, you need to make sure that the content added to your app design make the user experience a seamless one. You can address such needs using the design pattern called as content-based navigation. This type of design pattern helps in providing users switch from the state that presents an overview of an app to a more detailed state.
For example, the Tinder app is an excellent example of a content-based navigation app that help you toggle between two states on the user profile page. One state contains the main overview containing a picture capturing most of the device screen. Second state presents a more detailed view with a small-size image along with factual information. You can easily move from one state to another via a single click on the screen or by making a swipe.
Do you want to build an app that delivers an optimal user experience? Well, then you should consider aspects that help in designing a winning a UX design. To help you, we’ve discussed about the most important factors that will help you create a successful UX design.