What are UI Design Patterns?



UI design patterns are nothing but a mere solution to a recurring design problem. It not only involves solutions that have been discovered over time to common user interface problems but also why it was adopted. User interface design patterns are omnipresent. They provide a fundamental design structure that can be customized as per our choice.

UI design patterns are everywhere on sites and apps, are familiar to users. It will take seconds for a user to understand what to do within an interface designed with common UI design patterns. Adopting common patterns means you can leverage this knowledge and increase the ease of use of your product.

It is worth noting that UI design patterns aren’t a one size fits all solution—each pattern you choose to use will still need to be adapted to a specific use case.

They represent visual strategies for solving common usability problems. Furthermore, patterns are not pieces you stitch together to create an interface; instead, they are closer to foundational pieces on which you can build your customized site. UI design patterns aren’t templates, so they shouldn’t be treated as such.

You’ll find loads of UI design pattern libraries online. In them, you’ll find UI design patterns categorized. The problems they can help you solve differ, but the elements included in each are the same.

UI design patterns include:

  1. Problem: What does the user want to do?
  2. Context: Description when to use this solution.
  3. Solution: How it works? What is the solution?
  4. Recommendations: Provide further recommendations
  5. Examples: Where and how has the pattern been implemented before?
  6. Implementation: Provides additional implementation and related details.


Some of the most common UI design patterns are:

  • Navigation: navigational patterns help guide users around the interface, ensuring they’re able to find their way back to the homepage if they get lost.
  • Lazy registration: or soft sign-up allows the visitor to use a website and only deal with the registration afterward.
  • Progressive Disclosure: This pattern is used to show only the information or features relevant to the user’s current activity and to delay other information until it is requested
  • Hover Controls: Hide nonessential information on detailed pages to let users find relevant information more easily
  • Forgiving Format: Let users enter data in various formats (e.g., city/town/village or zip code).
  • Required Field Marker: Making the user interface obvious is essential. This applies just as much to Webforms. One of the best ways to make the interface of Web forms obvious is by marking required fields.
  • Clear Primary Actions: Simple Web forms often allow just one action (“Submit,” “Save” or “Send”). The user knows exactly what their final action in filling out the form will be because they have only one option.
  • Social sharing: these patterns facilitate the promotion and sharing of content on various social media platforms.
  • Breadcrumbs: show the path from the front page of the site to the current location of the users on the website’s page hierarchy. They are a form of secondary navigation that helps users understand the hierarchy and structure of the website.