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    Important Sketch of Mobile Navigation!

    18 February 2021

    The user experience of a website or an application depends enormously on the navigation of the system. If the visitors cannot find what they are searching for on your website, it is unlikely that they will stick around to explore the whole arrangement. Good navigation is extremely important, especially when you are running a business website or application. 

    For larger screens, producing a swift navigation pattern is simple. People can easily see everything, and moving around is painless. But when it comes to mobile screens, designers have a lot to work with, in a small space. To solve this problem, various mobile navigation patterns have been established. They all solve different navigation issues in particular ways, and they all have their limitations. 

    Here we will discuss a few of those navigation patterns: 

    Hamburger Menu

    The hamburger menu is that button in an application or website that opens up as a drawer menu when users click on it. This drawer panel is particularly useful when you intend to save space. It is a particularly easy way to communicate with the users that the button has a list of options. 

    While the hamburger menu is extremely effective in saving space and creating a clean attractive design, it also comes with a low discoverability rate. Because of that, we do not recommend you to use the hamburger menu as the main navigation menu for your application. Rather, it would be wise to use this pattern as a solution as a secondary navigation option. 

    Tab bar

    Tab bar design pattern is particularly useful when you have relatively few navigation destinations. These destinations should be no more than five and no less than three. All the destinations should be of similar importance requiring direct access from anywhere in the application. 

    These tab bars are particularly useful when there is a need for rapid switching between features. They easily communicate with the current location. They are persistent, remaining insightful, and easy to reach no matter what page the users visit. The only downside of a tab bar is that it has limited options. Also, applications used in different operators have different locations for tab bars, which can make the users confused. 

    The Priority+ Navigation Pattern

    This navigation pattern exposes the most important navigation elements while hiding the less important ones behind the “more” button. It is best to be used on applications containing heavy contents. This pattern is a good way to make proper use of available screen space. The more space your device has, the more contents will be revealed, without causing a cluster. But in some cases, with smaller screens, this pattern tends to hide some important contents due to the lack of space. 

    Floating Action Button

    The floating action button is used to make the most used action more prominent in an application. The button will change color upon focus and lift on selection. It is used as a wayfinding tool for the users, helping them to figure out what to do next. However, as this button is colorful, and designed to draw users’ attention, it should not be used unless it is necessary.

    Full-screen Navigation

    The full-screen navigation pattern is exactly as it sounds. It takes up all the space of the home page exclusively for navigation. Users can tap or swipe to scroll up or down and explore the menu option.

    This type of menu option is particularly useful for applications that are task-based or direction-based. It is best for achieving simplicity and coherence while organizing a large chunk of information. 

    Signal-based Navigation

    Signal or gesture-based navigation is most popular because of the availability of touch screen devices. It is useful while exploring a particular content easily and intuitively. The UI of gesture-based navigation is more natural and engaging. Despite all these, it can cause the navigation to be invisible and can be difficult to master. So, before choosing to use gesture-based navigation, make sure you provide proper visual hints and cues. 

    Inventive Mobile Navigation Design Sketch

    Since smartphone screens are becoming larger, and navigation is becoming more difficult, designers are inventing new ways to improve user experience. One of those examples is bottom navigation, where everything that used to be on the top of the design is on the bottom so that they can be easily accessible with one hand. 

    Any web or app designers need to build a UI that makes moving around easier for users. No matter whether the user is new or old, if they have to put too much effort to find out what they need, chances are they will never come back to use the site again. The easier a product is to use, the better it will be received by the users.