User interface (UI) design is said to be the process designers use to build interfaces in software or computerized devices, focusing on looks or style. Designers aim to create interfaces that users find easy to use and pleasurable.
In simple terms, UI design patterns are simply recurring solutions that solve common UI design problems. Design patterns serve as standard reference points for user interface designers. We utilize design patterns to shape our work and, as a result, design similar-looking user interfaces.
UI design patterns are used everywhere on sites and apps, and are familiar to users. A user will quickly understand what to do within an interface designed with common UI design patterns. Adopting common patterns means you can leverage this knowledge and increase the ease of use of your product. UI design patterns make designing a reliable solution to an interface design problem a lot faster. For collaboration sake, UI design patterns also provide a common language for designers, which keeps conflicts to a minimum, and aids consistency when multiple designers are working on the same project.
Depending on the project, UI design patterns will still need to be adapted to the specific use case. UI design patterns are similar. They offer a general structure we can work off of and add, subtract or alter parts to tailor it to a particular set of requirements unique to each design project. The first step to utilizing design patterns is defining the problem you’re tackling. With a clear problem in mind, dig into your favorite UI design pattern library. Open up on the category that best fits your need.
Some of the common UI design patterns can be seen in the following phases:
Popular UI design pattern libraries include UI Patterns, Mobbin, Patternfly, UI Garage, etc. There are a lot of other libraries available online (Google is your friend, lol). After proper sweep through the internet, if no pattern fits the problem you’re trying to solve, or you cannot find one to use as a structure, feel free to draft up your own. However, you should test your work to help you identify possible pain points and optimize before you launch.
UI patterns help designers create interfaces that are efficient and save time on coming up with a solution that already exists in the world of UI design. They might seem like a lot to take in, but once you get the hang of them, they’ll make your design process go a lot smoother. Easy peasy!