User interface design patterns solve recurring issues. The idea is incredibly straightforward. You just integrate a functional and beautiful design pattern into your site, and voilà! A usable function. If you keep using them as pick and paste patterns, however, your website may start to look a little standard.
Want to create a gorgeous user interface with design patterns without ultimately creating a conventional-looking site? Read on to learn about the different types of UI patterns and how you can choose the perfect one for your website!
UI DESIGN PATTERNS
Though many people use it in this way, design patterns were never meant to be simply cut and pasted into your website design. They are supposed to be ways to solve recurring user interface issues. You can’t just throw it all together and call it a good user interface. Instead, you should use them as the base on which you build a beautiful custom website. If you’re using UI design patterns like templates, you aren’t making the most of it.
Here are four recurring issues that many UI design patterns aim to solve:
- Input and Output — These design patterns streamline the way a visitor inputs information to the site and get feedback from the site.
- Navigation — These help visitors get around the site with ease, so that they don’t have to click aimlessly to find what they are looking for.
- Content Structuring — These ensure that your content is organized and accessible, making it pleasant for visitors to go through.
- Social Sharing — These help you integrate your social media platforms to your website.
To understand better the concept of UI design patterns, let’s take a look at the three different levels of a UI design pattern:
At the very foundation of the three levels, there are the essential items that together compose a UI design pattern. These patterns are at the implementation level.
At the level right above the implementation, you will find the flow level. Patterns that belong to the flow level aid the flow of the user experience. They are slightly more sophisticated than patterns at the implementation level, and they aid the visitor get through the site to find what they are looking for.
Finally, above the flow level is the context level. These are particular patterns that are created to meet a specific goal. For instance, if you are an e-commerce business, you’ll need a check out system. If you are an event organizer, you may not need a check out system as much as you need an event calendar.
If you want to learn more about UI Patterns as well as UX Patterns (conceptual patterns that sometimes rely on UI patterns), check our UI UX pattern library.
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