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Description
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The Application Navigation patterns address the application entry experience and provide approaches for communicating the main application functions. Use the Springboard Navigation pattern if the application has a large set of functionality that can be easily divided and visualized. Use the List Navigation pattern if the application is focused on specific tasks and users will benefit from viewing key data right away.
 
Patterns Contained in This Set
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List Navigation The List Navigation pattern presents the categories and functions of the application as a list on the home screen. The List Navigation pattern focuses on a few specific tasks and presents key data right away. This design scales better when designing for a web application that must address a wide variety of screen sizes and platforms.

Springboard Navigation

The Springboard Navigation pattern represents separate functionality as icons and presents them to the user as a grid of visual options. Each set of functionality must be a concrete concept that can be represented by an icon. This pattern works better for native applications because it requires a deeper commitment to creating artwork optimized for specific screen sizes and platforms.
 
Pattern Set Decision Table
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List Navigation
Springboard Navigation

The application contains a large amount of functionality that can be presented to the user as a grid of easily understood icons.

 

yes

The application is optimized to show application data immediately upon entry.

yes

 

The design needs to scale across a wide variety of device screen sizes and platforms.

yes

 


Key Considerations
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  • All mobile applications must be scoped before the design process starts. Review our guidelines to understand the required steps prior to application design.
  • The Springboard Navigation pattern must use easily understood and high-quality, mobile-specific icons. When designing icons for native applications, consult the visual design specifications for Android and iOS. Each platform has specific visual and size requirements.
 
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