The days when a endless clicking, scrolling, hovering and using tons of keyboard shortcuts to access content over the web are long gone. Perhaps not gone, but they’re no longer the only solution today, nor they dominate user experience across the web.
With the exponential growth of mobile apps and mobile design, new design patterns and their implementations have also exploded. As the hardware and software capabilities of today’s market advance fast, the human-computer interactions also grow. And they need to be as intuitive and positive than ever before.
Responsive mobile design is largely empowered by new gestures. Marked by responsive design advancements, web and mobile design is rapidly converging to offer new and more user friendly interactive experiences to all users.
You just need to take a look at the Android OS to understand that you can interact with a simple pattern as a calendar, picture or video in more than one ways. You can touch, swipe, hold and drag, resize and more with a touch of your fingers. Same for the iOS, there’s a multitude of patterns that can be designed to enhance the ‘touch’ experience.
These two platforms (Android and Apple) will provide a wide variety of gestures natively that can be implemented for taking particular actions or navigating through the app. So, when designing interactive mobile patterns, it is crucial to make them intuitive and fun in order to provide the user with the best possible experience. For instance, the designer can implement UI design patterns that not only make the app more efficient, but also fun and easy to use.