Can a navigation bar do more than just traversals between application pages?

Navigation with 4 sections looping — Cover Image
Navigation with 4 sections looping — Cover Image
Navigation Looping — Cover Image

In continuation to my sub-interactions article (link), I have been trying to ideate how more sub-interactions can be integrated into an application. This study also tests the limits of a sub-interaction and at what level it becomes excessive. As mentioned in the earlier article, a good sub-interaction can be created by grouping the right number of interactions with common relations. In this article, we shall see another example of sub-interactions and will shed some light on the types of relations these interactions must have to be coupled.

Before we dive into the example, let’s take a minute to answer ‘what…

UI Translation, Desktop to Mobile

With the sheer improvement in the computational abilities of a mobile processors, many desktop apps are finding their way into portable versions of their suites for quicker accessibility. The greater chunk of these applications falls under the Creator Oriented Applications (COA, for later reference — coined by me). They range from video, audio, image editors to productivity trackers, journal applications, code editors, and so on. The underlying issue with these applications is that they are riddled with ambiguities and gimmicky features which in the long run disappoint their users. On a side note, I personally feel the development of such…

For a long time now, designers have tried to optimise the accessibility of ‘application features’ to such an extent, that it’s of second nature to the user. In general, designers follow the ‘Point of Action’ (PoA) approach to make features accessible to the user (the word is not an industrial terminology, I have named the term based on the way applications behave). PoA can be a distinct button (or any other UI element) to activate a feature or to navigate. For example, the ‘+’ icon on Instagram opens the gallery page for you to select pictures and post. The ‘+’…

Responsive layouts
Responsive layouts

Over the year, we have had a lot of variation in phone screen sizes. From the dawn of iPhone 1 to palm-size phones to phablets. And the introduction of tablets and hybrid laptops is not to be forgotten either. Over the course of these changes, developers & designers have pioneered responsive layouts. Frameworks that allow flexible layout development, website creation with drag and drop features for web and phone views, etc have taken the concept of creating a responsive design to an exciting level. But, was responsive design only made to cater to screen resolution variation? …

The Toggle switch is a common UI element on a phone or web application. It's got a very decisive functionality and operation. Its usage boils down to 3 major applications - ON/OFF, switch modes, Add-ons. Lately, UI designers have come up with interactive illustrations to the toggle, which at-max improves the user experience. But, is there something more to the toggle switch? Can there be any added functionality to this UI element that brings a fresh interaction to the table?

So, this was the plot for my next venture in my self-taught UI/UX designing. When talking about UI elements, we…

Karthikeya GS

UI/UX Designer

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