Basic Patterns For Mobile Navigation: Pros And Cons

Once someone starts using your app, they need to know where to go and how to get there at any point. Good navigation is a vehicle that takes users where they want to go. But establishing good navigation is a challenge on mobile due to the limitations of the small screen and the need to prioritize content over chrome. Different navigation patterns have been devised to solve this challenge in different ways, but they all suffer from a variety of usability problems. In this article, well examine five basic navigation patterns for mobile apps and describe the strengths and weaknesses of each of them. If youd like to add some patterns and spice up your designs, you can download and test Adobe XD1 for free and get started right away. Screen space is a precious commodity on mobile, and the hamburger menu (or side drawer) is one of the most popular mobile navigation patterns for helping you save it. The drawer panel allows you to hide the navigation beyond the left edge of the screen and reveal it only upon a users action.

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