List / Drill Down Menu | Mobile App UI Design


Navigation Design Pattern: List / Drill Down Menu
List menu / drill down navigation display content of menu in a list. Usually the list menu contain an icon or image, a title and sometimes with the additional description as well. List menu / drill down navigation can be extremely useful and user-friendly, when your app contain large amount of content that organized in list over multiple levels.

The Pros of Using List / Drill Down Menu

  • Provide user-friendly navigation that arrange according to alphabetical order, priority or group.
  • Provide detailed content to your user.
  • Ensure the accuracy of content that provided to your user through drill-down process.

The Cons of Using List / Drill Down Menu

  • Your user might lose his patience.
  • Your user might get lost if there is too may levels of content.

Best Practice

  • Keep the depth of your list menu content within 3 levels.
  • Include easy understand icon / image in your list menu.
  • Include additional description / info in your list menu.
  • Always test and rearrange the list menu before release it to marketplace.

Example of Using List / Drill Down Menu

Foursquare
Foursquare
Reeder
Reeder
Tune In
Tune In
Mobileme Gallery
Mobileme Gallery
Delibar
Delibar
Curling.ca
Curling.ca

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