Misused mobile UX patterns

1. Hidden navigation

A slide menu is flexible and convenint to use
YouTube navigation change annotated by Luke Wroblewski

2. Icons, icons everywhere

Mysterious tab bar on Bloom.fm
Icon hint in Swarm app
Some icons are recognized by the majority of the users and can be considered universal
Pixelmator navigation

3. Gesture based navigation

Gesture navigation in Clear app
Swiping an email to the right reveals the Mark as Unread option in Apple Mail
The same gesture archives the mail in Mailbox

4. Tutor overlays as onboarding

Coach marks in dcovery app
A user interface is like a joke. If you have to explain it, it’s not that good. Source: Startup Vitamins

5. Creative but unintuitive empty states

Empty state screen in Google Photos
  • Why is there a prominent search button if there are no collections? Why would you want to search in nothing?
  • The second most prominent element, the image is obviously not tappable (although many would try).
  • The hint says I should be looking for the ‘+’ sign on the top which is super awkward. Why does the hint itself not contain an Add button? It’s like saying “click on the Continue button to continue”.
  • What are collections? Why are they useful?
  • Why don’t I have any?
  • What can I do about it (if I should do anything at all)?
Empty state in Lootsy

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A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store
Zoltan Kollin

Zoltan Kollin

UX enthusiastic design principal at IBM, co-organizer of Amuse UX Conference and co-author of UX Myths. Views are my own. http://kollin.hu

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