This is cool. I think I read somewhere that the Lyft design team does this too and they call it the visual standup. One good thing about this is that it gets right to tangible product visuals (polished or not) rather than talking about ‘stuff’.
You have made some great points there. I agree, this discussion could’ve involved some critique of the element and its use. I had it but removed it in order to stay focused on just the use of these elements.
Can you expand on why these aren’t new in touch? I’m intrigued to learn more about that.
Thanks for your response, Steven. This essay/article is not so much about critique as it is about observing the use of handlebars in today’s context and in this form. The reason why they are ‘new’ is the increased use of this pattern in touch interfaces.
Totally agreed that Handlebars are very similar to scroll bars (in fact I have called this out in the post). While I haven’t done a critical analysis of handlebars, I certainly think that they have flaws — especially the resemblance to scrollbars.
While you touch on the problem alright, your solution creates problems for every other scenario when some one wants to glance a notification. A notification has a particular form that makes it familiar to the user when the same form is carried across the platform. Now while there is nothing wrong in changing the form/shape of the notification…
This is a fine synthesis of the pattern. I loved how your team uses the dot and your reminder that the previous state needs to be shown while dragging as well. Thanks for sharing! One supplementary resource is to observe finder or windows explorer for drag and drop interactions. They are the classic applications for a lot of patterns like these- drag n drop, search etc.