10 Best Mobile UX/UI Design Pattern Libraries for Your Business
The success and popularity of a mobile app depend on the myriad of factors. If you must focus on the compulsory minimum, a mobile app has to strike a balance between the functionality, aesthetics, and usability. Take any component away and the app will lose all the value for a user.
Functional UX/UI design is aimed to keep and maintain the balance between these three basic elements.
- UX (User Experience), as the name implies, focuses on the user experience and consists of various components of the information architecture and interaction design to the graphical presentation and content organization.
UX design is a complex concept that involves a multifaceted approach to the user interaction. When developing a mobile or a desktop interface, all the details (starting with the user environment and the specific mobile device and ending with the ways of input and display of information) must be taken into account.
- UI (User Interface) is the narrower concept that includes a certain set of graphically represented technical elements (icons, buttons, menus, download indicators, etc.) and overall organization and integrity of the interface.
The key task of the UI design is to set up the user-friendly and intuitive interaction between a user and an app or a website.
EFFECT OF THE MOBILE UX/UI DESIGN ON THE BUSINESS
The mobile app design is a factor whose importance is often underestimated in the creation of a business strategy. But the well-worn proverb “first you judge how nice, then you judge how wise” is perfectly accurate for the mobile apps. No matter how useful your app is, the user’s first impression is based on the usability of the app design. Inconvenient and overloaded interface instantly forms a negative impression about your application and, consequently, about your company. On the contrary, the most convenient, functional and easy-to-understand interface with a simple clean design creates a favorable impression and performing a number of useful functions for business:
- improves the efficiency of a mobile app increasing the time and depth of viewing your application, present your company as a brand to advantage and cultivate a public image;
- boosts mobile app downloads;
- generates leads.
Make your mobile app work for you: treat it like an agile, constantly evolving and adaptive organism. Improve the experience regularly, focusing on the statistics data and user feedback.
DESIGN PATTERN LIBRARIES
The mobile app interface design as an area of professional activity was formed quite recently. In spite of its youth, it has already developed a number of certain conventions or solutions that had a reality check, proved their functionality and usability and got traction with a foothold in various app interfaces.
Such common solutions are known as the design patterns.
There are countless numbers of various patterns and all of them evolve day by day, adapting to the new mobile devices, information technology development, and hot trends.
Important: certain elements of design became popular only because they are easy to be implemented. For example, an iconic hamburger icon which is responsible for the activation of a hidden menu is a common standard in mobile development. Now it is often encountered on the desktop sites where the space considerations is not that big issue as it is on the mobile devices. And that is just the case when the developers choose the simplest way rather than the right way because it’s always easy to hide a hectic and unmaintainable menu rather than design a good and functional one.
Nowadays the mobile UX/UI design pattern libraries are a popular phenomenon widespread among designers and mobile/web developers.
The mobile and web-development company Umbrella IT suggests you have a closer look at the 10 best pattern libraries that can be a great help for creating professional UX/UI design for your business mobile application:
- AndroidUX is a library of UX/UI patterns that was created in 2012 and still remains active. It includes thousands of various patterns intended for Android-based mobile devices, as well as relevant articles regarding the UX/UI design for mobile apps. The cherry on the cake is a "Before and Now" section, that allows you tracing the evolution of the most popular apps design- from Uber to Snapchat.
- Mobile Patterns is a wide-ranging library with mobile UX/UI patterns for iPhone and Android. It offers over 20 categories of key interface elements.
- UI Parade is a user interface pattern library aimed to inspire UI designers. The presented patterns are developed by the international community of professional designers. You are offered a possibility to register to be always aware of the latest trends in UX/UI design. Along with the patterns, you can find links to useful tools and resources for interface development.
- Android patterns is a library of interactive patterns for the development of mobile applications based on Android. Here you can find a rich collection of the design solutions that more than once have proven their effectiveness. An option is available to make your own patterns open to the public. "Use them as a guide, not as a law," runs the warning message of the authors of the site.
- Lovelyui.com - a collection of mobile UI elements for iPhone, iPad and Android. User-friendly search by tags, mobile device, and current trends.
- pttrns - the site presents itself as the "mother of all design resources" and, in fact, can afford it: the project was launched in 2012 and has been continuously updated since. An option is offered to purchase a premium account that provides the unlimited access to content (over 7000 patterns) without any advertising. This is the only library on our list with the patterns valid not only for Android and iOs, but for Apple Watch as well.
- UX Archive is a library of mobile UX design patterns. The objective of the site is to compare the most effective design options and exclude the least productive ones, to help build creative and functional applications with the top user-friendly UX and to inspire. The library presents animated elements, and the templates themselves are conveniently sorted by tasks and specific applications.
- iOSpirations - despite the fact that the blog has not been updated since 2014, the users united within the library community are adding new content on a regular basis. The site gives the opportunity to evaluate and comment on the favourite templates for iOs, and to sort the search by rating. As a bonus, you can subscribe to the mailing list and be the first to receive all the latest updates.
- UICloud is probably the largest UI design elements database in the world, with more than 46600 thousand UI fragments and more than 1000 user interface kits (UI kits). User-friendly search, clear categorization, option to sort the search results by the task performed or the rating. Updates can be followed via Facebook, Twitter or Google+.
- Little Big Details - the philosophy of the site describes the quote of Charles and Ray Eames: "The details are not the details, they make the product." The site offers a collection of UI design elements in a blog format with a focus on subtle details and final touches. Templates are relevant not only for mobile devices but also for websites.
And the traditional bonus from Umbrella IT company - after all, we know that the high-quality content is never too much - the 11th resource for creating mobile design:
- Android niceties is a website created as a source of pure inspiration for Android applications UI design. The site contains screenshots of actually existing applications with the most successful combination of functions and aesthetics.
PATTERN LIBRARIES BENEFITS
It is believed that the active use of UX/UI design patterns in mobile development is the direct way to mass depersonalization of applications and churning out uniform digital products.
However, the approach is initially wrong: templates are in no way a set of rigid rules, but only a starting point, a collection of recommendations and pure inspiration.
Umbrella IT defines 3 huge pros confirming that UX/UI design patterns are an information and application resource, which is unreasonable to be refused from:
- Easier UX Prototype Creation
In some cases, the proven classics shall be considered preferable as compared to the daring innovations. No need to reinvent the wheel. It is much faster and more efficient to start creating an interface prototype, based on time-tested solutions offered in pattern libraries rather than to develop it from scratch. Even the most popular applications - from Facebook (81% of mobile application users) to Youtube (71% of mobile application users) use standard icons and menu items from template libraries for their interface.
- Faster Development and Repeated Use
Use of templates libraries with ready-made code that can be used an unlimited number of times in various projects and digital products allows significantly speeding up the development process and optimizing costs. Moreover, basic patterns used in the design of the interface framework or in planning its prototype, allow you saving time for your team and redirecting their efforts to customize the application.
- Wider Audience
An application with the interface consisting of easily recognizable standard design elements has obviously more chances to gain popularity among users than the application that is comprehensible for the only those people who directly worked on it. The classic patterns, established elements, and interactions help to improve the app usability, making it easy-to-understand, logical and, which is critical, intuitive to any user.
We are always tempted to start rethinking the basics and experimenting with completely new concepts. However, trends quickly change, while the classic is always in great demand.
Judging by our experience, creating an eye-catching and effective application requires mixing proven practices with own innovative ideas. When developing applications, Umbrella IT uses UX/UI design patterns to build a common interface framework, which is responsible for the main issues of the application. And then this skeleton is obligatorily modified and customized for the needs of a particular product until the business strategy is fully in line.