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Mobile Design Pattern Gallery, Color Edition

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  1. Mobile Design Pattern Gallery
  2. Foreword
  3. Preface
    1. Introduction
    2. Intended Audience for This Book
    3. Safari® Books Online
    4. How to Contact Us
    5. Acknowledgments
  4. 1. Navigation
    1. Primary Navigation Patterns
      1. Springboard
      2. List Menu
      3. Tabs
      4. Gallery
      5. Dashboard
      6. Metaphor
      7. Mega Menu
    2. Secondary Navigation
      1. Page Carousel
      2. Image Carousel
      3. Expanding List
  5. 2. Forms
    1. Sign In
    2. Registration
    3. Checkout
    4. Calculate
    5. Search Form
    6. Multi-Step
    7. Long Form
  6. 3. Tables & Lists
    1. Basic Table
    2. Headerless Table
    3. Fixed Column
    4. Overview plus Data
    5. Grouped Rows
    6. Cascading Lists
    7. Table with Visual Indicators
    8. Editable Table
  7. 4. Search, Sort & Filter
    1. Search
      1. Explicit Search
      2. Search with Auto-Complete
      3. Dynamic Search
      4. Scoped Search
      5. Saved and Recent Searches
      6. Search Form
      7. Search Results/View Results
    2. Sort Patterns
      1. Onscreen Sort
      2. Sort Order Selector
      3. Sort Form
    3. Filter
      1. Onscreen Filter
      2. Filter Drawer
      3. Filter Dialog
      4. Filter Form
  8. 5. Tools
    1. Toolbar
    2. Option Menu
    3. Call to Action Button
    4. Contextual Tools
    5. Inline Actions
    6. Multi-State Button
    7. Bulk Actions
  9. 6. Charts
    1. Chart with Filters
    2. Preview Window
    3. Overview plus Data
    4. Datapoint Details
    5. Drill Down
    6. Zoom
    7. Pivot Table
    8. Sparklines
  10. 7. Invitations
    1. Dialog
    2. Tip
    3. Tour
    4. Video Demo
    5. Transparency
    6. 1st Time Through
    7. Persistent
    8. Discoverable
  11. 8. Feedback & Affordance
    1. Feedback
    2. Error Messages
    3. Confirmation
    4. System Status
    5. Affordance
      1. Tap
      2. Flick
      3. Drag
  12. 9. Help
    1. How To
    2. Cheat Sheet
    3. Tour
  13. 10. Anti-Patterns
    1. Novel Notions Anti-Pattern
    2. Metaphor Mismatch Anti-Pattern
      1. Control Mismatch
      2. Icon Mismatch
      3. Mental Model Mismatch
    3. Idiot Box
    4. Chart Junk
    5. Oceans of Buttons
  14. A.
    1. Additional Resources
    2. Navigation
      1. Primary Navigation
      2. Secondary Navigation
    3. Forms
    4. Tables
    5. Search
    6. Sort Patterns
    7. Filter
    8. Tools
    9. Charts
    10. Invitations
    11. Feedback
    12. Affordance
    13. Help
  15. About the Author
  16. Copyright
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Chapter 5. Tools

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Patterns: Toolbar, Overlay Menu, Contextual Tools, Inline Actions, Call to Action Button, Bulk Actions

In Designing Web Interfaces(http://shop.oreilly.com/product/9780596516253.do) (O’Reilly), Bill Scott and I wrote of six principles for designing rich interactions on the Web. Two of these core principles, Make It Direct and Keep It Lightweight, can also help drive the design of tools and actions in mobile interfaces.

Make It Direct suggests providing input where there is output; the interface should respond directly to the users’ interaction. A good example on the Web is Flickr’s inline editing.

Inline edit on Flickr

Figure 5-1. Inline edit on Flickr

Keep It Lightweight refers to keeping the interaction as lightweight as possible. An early example of this principle in action on the Web was Digg. The one-step process to Digg an article had a huge impact on the success of the site.

Digg’s lightweight “Digg It” button

Figure 5-2. Digg’s lightweight “Digg It” button

I’ve been thinking about both principles quite a bit as I follow Josh Clark’s Buttons are a Hack campaign. He writes:

Buttons are a hack. As in the real world, they’re often necessary, but they work at a distance—secondary tools to work on primary objects. A light switch ...

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