Search with Filters Responsive Design Pattern

Here is an interesting design example relating to Responsive Design of a page requiring search filters such as a store or photography gallery. What do you think? Which responsive option would work best from a user standpoint?

I’ve long been interested in design patterns. Common and proven-effective solutions to design problems. Too many settings to display at once and it’s confusing the user? Put them into logical groups and use an accordion design pattern! Patterns got even more interesting with the onset of responsive design. How do these patterns hold up as the available screen space changes?

We might be able to get six or more tabs on a laptop screen, but it’s only really practical to get three on most mobile devices. What do we do? Perhaps converting them into an accordion would work.

Brad Frost has done a great job in keeping a repository of Responsive Patterns. Brad and Dave and I were sitting around after InControl talking about design patterns that hadn’t been explored as much. Dave mentioned “Search with Filters” as an example. There can be quite a lot of UI involved in a search filter, so you have the challenge of displaying that without taking up too much room for the actual results, as well as allowing the user to change those filters without being too disruptive.

On desktop, you can do a split column design with the filters on the left and have plenty of room for results:

large display grid with search options.


Design Responsively With Malleable Mobile Menus

One of the biggest challenges in responsive web design is getting your menus to function. If you’ve ever had to mess with it, you know what I’m talking about. You can use media queries to define CSS that applies when the screen size is various sizes, but sometimes you need extra functionality to pull off an ideal design.

What Is Mobile Menu Design?

Mobile menu design is simply getting the menus for a responsive design to fit mobile screen sizes. One of the core concepts around responsive web design is making all content available all of the time on all screen sizes. Just as importantly, we want to only publish content once — not create a “mobile version” of our content as well.

So, creating responsive menus that allow for lots of menu items that work in all screen size scenarios is important.

Why Use Mobile Menu Design?

Large and even not-​​so-​​large navigation menus take up a lot of space on a small screen. Ideally, you can compact the menu items while also making the menus usable. Too small and the user can’t see them or may struggle to touch the buttons. Too large and we’re making our users scroll, and scroll, and scroll some more.

So, mobile menu design becomes an important usability task.

Continue reading article here: Design Responsively With Malleable Mobile Menus – DesignFestival.