Ineffective mobile UX patterns

“Good designers follow guidelines
Great designers know when to ignore them.”

Designers should be creative. Very true! But it is not always mandatory for designs to be unique. It is a fact that in a year’s span there are very few truly good unique designs. We do not need to start by inventing a wheel to build the next supercar!

Some might argue that this kills creativity, but from a UX perspective, changing the design in every new app creates a huge problem for the user to adapt to the concealed instructions. There are some mobile design practices which are very common nowadays but aren’t solving the purpose of a great UX – ineffective mobile UX patterns..



A very talked-off term in the field of app designing. You would find various arguments for and against hamburgers.

From a designer’s perspective hamburger is a very convenient convention which is being followed but from a UX point of view, using it on your screen hides the navigations behind an icon.

Keeping aside these arguments, it has been studied that exposing multiple options of navigation on the landing page itself increases the user engagement and hence the revenues for the company.


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In this particular screenshot, after how many seconds could you locate the hamburger? For me the hamburger wasn’t standing out to get the attention.

This is the reason why big players like facebook, youtube, evernote and many more are getting rid of the hamburger and trying to put most of the navigations a scroll away. Navigation is a personal choice of the user and therefore the choices should be presented as at-hand as possible.



Using unintuitive icons

Speaking of intuitive icons, we mean to use the icons with long standing convention in UI field. Let’s take a floppy disc icon for example, it is intuitive enough to command to the user that it is used to “save your work”. Although nobody uses a floppy disc in the era of pen drive to save their work, but still it is a icon being followed and the users can relate to it faster. Try using a pen drive symbol instead, I doubt they understand it at a go (smart ones like you might do)

The worst UX failures are when a designer tries to change things which were never user problems.

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These are some of the widely accepted icons that a user knows and uses.


fb notification


This is an image of a big player, facebook which uses a world’s symbol as “notifications”. A person using it for the first time might not relate to it as notifications. For “notification” usually a bell is used. But, since facebook is such a widely used app such confusions are not so prone to occur.


Tutor Overlaying as onboarding

Overlaying is a new trend in the UX designing meant to explain to the user about the interface. Sounds so helpful! So what’s the problem? The problem is with the human habit. Refer –link– User never wants to read anything and especially when it is instructive. They want to explore it themselves. Also, once you get rid of the overlay, you anyway do not retain all that was instructed. So when it is solving the purpose, it is only a decoration on the design.




How many of you do read these instructions on the overlay?

Giving instructions of how to use it is definitely required but a more creative way of doing will be appreciated by the needy user.

Be creative but let your creativity not disrupt the user’s habits. If so, then won’t change habits, they’ll change the design..

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Monika Adarsh