What Is A UI Design Pattern?
User interface (UI) design patterns were created to avoid designers having to repeat the same task over and over. They are solutions for the recurring elements that all UI designers need to include in their UI design work.
UI design patterns are not the kind of element designers use to make things unique or specifically tailored to a client or company. Rather, they are based in architecture and programming, and are designed to optimize the development process of a user interface.
Types of UI Design Patterns
There are many UI design patterns. Commonly used patterns include:
- Navigation: Navigation deals with a user’s ability to move around on an app or website, and is often seen at the top and/or bottom of a UI.
- Social Sharing: This UI design pattern promotes sharing content or an experience on a social platform such as Twitter or Instagram.
- Breadcrumbs: Breadcrumbs are a type of secondary navigation that allows the user to understand the website or app’s organization and the flow of the pages from one to the next.
- Content Structuring: Content structuring has to do with how your site is organized.
- Input/Output: This type of pattern will allow users to input information or receive information.
- Account Registration: A pattern like this prevents customers from viewing certain information on the site unless they’ve registered to receive or view it.
Overall, UI design patterns provide a common language for designers and a foundational consistency for users of websites and apps.
Benefits of UI Design Patterns
Benefits of UI design patterns include:
- Streamlining Projects: UI design patterns make it possible to quickly get started on the customization of a site or app with the common building blocks of UI design patterns in place.
- Adaptable: UI design patterns were created so designers don’t have to spend too much time repeating the same creative processes, but are still adaptable to suit different use cases. Each pattern can be altered or personalized to present precisely what the client wants for their customers’ user interface.
- Solidarity: UI design patterns allow websites and apps to be created with a similar base. This means they all will be similar enough that a customer using the interface won’t be confused by wildly different design tactics. It’s profitable to keep designs of all apps and websites similar enough that customers can navigate them intuitively.