Organising content for iphone/ipad

January 3, 2011

1. Flat pages

Pros

  • Ideal for quick, focused content; suited for casual browsing of screens
  • Adapts to variable number of screens with customized content Easy to use; navigation relies on familiar swipe gesture
  • limited interface chrome; page control requires very little space, leaving lots of room for the content itself

Cons

  • Must swipe throuoh thr star l onr page at a time; can’t jump to any screen other than immediate neighbors
  • Doesn’t scale well to larqe number of screens; page indicator limited to 20 dots
  • Doesn’t handle scrolling well, not good for lengthy content
  • Users may overlook the small page indicator and miss app’s additional screens

Clark 2010, p.106

2. Tab Bar

Pros

  • One-tap access to all of the app’s main features
  • Clearly labeled menu advertises primary features, shows current location

Cons

  • Only five tabs can be displayed at once
  • Absorbs significant screen space on all (or most) screens of the app

Clark 2010, p.110

3. Tree structure

Pros

  • Scales well for large numbers of categories, features, and items
  • Familiar outline organization is easily understood
  • Direct interaction with content is intuitive and limits interface chrome
  • List-based display adapts well for user-customized categories

Cons

  • Primary features are listed only on top-level screen, unlike tab bar’s always-on display
  • Inefficient switching amonq main features or categories; you have to surface to top level before drilling down again

Clark 2010, p.114

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