“There are only patterns, patterns on top of patterns, patterns that affect other patterns. Patterns hidden by patterns. Patterns within patterns. If you watch close, history does nothing but repeat itself.” This quote comes from author Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Survivor, but it’s also a perfect summation of the world of user interfaces.
User Interface patterns (UI) are common best practices that serve as a reusable solution to a frequently occurring problems. Over time, users acclimate to these patterns and can even grow to expect them. Herein lies the issue. If a pattern becomes ubiquitous with a certain task, the user experience can be hindered if the pattern is not present or a suitable replacement is not offered.
As user experience designers, we need to keep up with these trends and patterns. However, it is not enough to just recognize and utilize them, but we must also understand the implications associated as well.
In this post, we will explore the following common UI patterns for further examples:
- Input – Inline validation
- Navigation – Infinite scroll
- Content management – Hover controls
- Data management – Draggable objects
Anson working at GA’s Hong Kong Campus.
By moving beyond analysis into prediction through data science, General Assembly Hong Kong’s DAT graduate Anson Au has brought unparalleled performance and efficiency to traditional practices in the construction industry.
Before coming to GA, Anson was already an avid learner, having completed both an MSc and MBA at HKUST. In his current role as head of IT projects at Alliance Construction Materials, he sought to use data and technology to improve the performance in the traditional construction materials industry.
Have you ever had a conversation with someone where you ask them a question and they answer you? Perfect! Then with some tips and practice you’ll be an expert at interviewing your users in no time!
I’m sure you know the feeling. Beyonce tickets are about to go on sale and you have your hand anxiously hovering over the mouse in hopes of clicking the “buy tickets” button at the opportune moment. You only have one chance because tickets will sell out in seconds. The clock strikes the hour and you’re off to the races.
Heart pounding, you type in the CAPTCHA hoping you don’t make a mistake because time is of the essence now. If you’re lucky enough to actually secure a pair of tickets and make it to the purchase screen there is still no relief in sight. Now the infamous countdown clock begins in the bottom corner of the screen, displaying the words “Time left to complete page”. The red numbers tick down as you vigorously enter in all your information only to hit the “purchase” button with a few seconds to spare. You’re basically Indiana Jones.
After spending time as a technical recruiter for UX Design, LA UXDI grad, Henry, decided to take the UX road himself. Today, he works with Citibank, a gig he landed after becoming a finalist in their Mobile Challenge on a project geared toward making the bank-customer interaction more seamless.
These two took a leap of faith when they crossed the Atlantic to settle in the UK. While in London, Maite completed WDI and Chris completed UXDI at our London campus. Now, they’re are giving back by helping current students master their new skills.
A little over five months ago, General Assembly announced the creation of Opportunity Fund, an innovative scholarship program aimed at providing transformative education and career opportunities to underrepresented groups.
The positive response has been overwhelming, both from partners like Google, Microsoft, PayPal, Alexis Ohanian, and others (even NAS!) pitching in to support the initiative and get involved, and from the numerous student applications submitted from around the globe. This enthusiasm from our community led us to take our initial pilot program in New York and expand it to San Francisco and Los Angeles this past summer.
A true connector, Elan Miller has always had a knack for building products that bring people together. Having once created an app to ease lost & found connections in The Big Apple, this User Experience Design graduate has moved on to his biggest project yet. He recently launched, Glimpse, an app that connects people through Instagram. And you can download it today in the App Store.
“A lot of smart people are writing books and sharing their knowledge, and I never thought that I would be one of them,” says Sue Apfelbaum, a User Experience Design graduate who recently co-authored the book, Designing the Editorial Experience: A Primer for Print, Web and Mobile.
User experience design — the practice of enhancing the usability, functionality, and aesthetic value of a website or product — is a growing industry. And as such, the online community of user experience designers and those interested in UX design is growing too. A simple Twitter search for UX designers yields thousands of results, and while you might learn something from following a few at random, you’ll get the most out of following the designers who will keep your finger on the pulse with industry news and resources, informed insights, and thoughtful conversation.
So just who are those designers? We’ve chosen 7 of the best to follow now.