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UI Elements You Should Know For Your Next App Project

UI Elements You Should Know For Your Next App Project

User interface (UI) elements are the blocks that are composing apps or websites. They add interactivity to a user interface, providing touch points for the users as they navigate their way around: buttons, app bar, menu items, error messages and checkboxes.

When creating your app, you need UI elements to create a visual language and ensure consistency across your product—making it user-friendly and easy to navigate without too much thought when users interact. This is how you will create a better application.

Here are the main UI elements you should know about. This list is not exhaustive but you’ll find great ideas and inspiration for your next app project.

There are lots of UI kits available online for download. A UI kit is a set of files that contains critical UI components like fonts, layered design files, icons, and design components. There are several formats depending on the software you use for prototyping (Adobe XD, Sketch, Illustrator, Figma…).

Apple and Google provide UI resources for designing great apps that integrate seamlessly with their platforms:

iOS Human Interface Guidelines

UI Guidelines for Android

User input

Checkbox

Harry Burns (Dribbble)
Harry Burns (Dribbble)

A checkbox allows users to select one or multiple options from a list.

Radio buttons

Simon Lürwer (Dribbble)
Simon Lürwer (Dribbble)

Radio buttons allow the user to select one option from a set.

Toggle / Switch

Amin Masihzadeh (Dribbble)
Amin Masihzadeh (Dribbble)

These are for binary options. It toggles the state of a single item on or off.

Text fields

Yaroslav Samoilov (Dribbble)
Yaroslav Samoilov (Dribbble)

Text fields let users enter and edit text. It can be one single or multiple lines.

Buttons

UX Planet
UX Planet

Buttons allow users to take actions, and make choices, with a single tap. They usually are displayed as shapes with a label.

Drop-down list

Maaike Koolbergen (Dribbble)
Maaike Koolbergen (Dribbble)

It allows users to select an item from a list that “drops down” once we click on it.

Forms

Pieter-Pleun Korevaar (Dribbble)
Pieter-Pleun Korevaar (Dribbble)

Forms help users input sets of related data into the system and submit them.

Search bar

Jan Hoffmann (Dribbble)
Jan Hoffmann (Dribbble)

Search bar are specific input fields to search or filter items.

Utils

Toast

Dario Figueroa (Dribbble)
Dario Figueroa (Dribbble)

Toast displays a notification over the top of an app’s content. User can dismiss it by tapping anywhere outside of it.

Modal/Pop-up

Olga (Dribbble)
Olga (Dribbble)

A small box containing content that requires you to interact with it before you can close it and return to your flow.

Popover

Andrew Gulik (Dribbble)
Andrew Gulik (Dribbble)

A popover can be used to display some content on top of another.

Loaders

Akshay Syal (Dribbble)
Akshay Syal (Dribbble)

Loaders are designed to let users know the system is completing an action in the background and should wait.

Content

Accordion

Louvrissime
Louvrissime

Accordions let users expand and collapse sections of content.

Carousel

Jitu Raut (Dribbble)
Jitu Raut (Dribbble)

Carousels allow users to browse through sets of content, like images or cards, often linked to more content or sources.

Pagination

Oleg Frolov (Dribbble)
Oleg Frolov (Dribbble)

Often at the bottom of a page, pagination organizes content into pages.

Slider

Natalia Berdnyk (Dribbble)
Natalia Berdnyk (Dribbble)

Sliders allow users to make selections from a range of values.

List

Grid list

Filip Justić (Dribbble)
Filip Justić (Dribbble)

Grid lists display a collection of images in an organized grid.

List

Emily Feng (Dribbble)
Emily Feng (Dribbble)

It consists of one element following another whether alphabetically, numerically or even randomly.

Item

Mockplus
Mockplus

An item is an element of a list.

Card

Ehsan Rahimi (Dribbble)
Ehsan Rahimi (Dribbble)

A card displays content in a manner similar to a playing card.

Navigation

Icons

Anton Klapko (Dribbble)
Anton Klapko (Dribbble)

Icons help to better communicate content, or can communicate and trigger a specific action.

Tabs

Jenny Tran (Dribbble)
Jenny Tran (Dribbble)

Tabs organize content across different screens, data sets, and other interactions.

Menu

Alex Lockwood (Dribbble)
Alex Lockwood (Dribbble)

To navigate within your app, there are several types of menu: all of their names are food related.

Breadcrumb

Stefan Devai (Dribbble)
Stefan Devai (Dribbble)

Breadcrumbs let users see their current location and show the hierarchy of content.

Progress bar

Simona Vorlova (Dribbble)
Simona Vorlova (Dribbble)

Progress bars help users visualize where they are in a series of steps.

Side bar

Aaron Iker (Dribbble)
Aaron Iker (Dribbble)

A sidebar displays a group of navigational actions or content literally on the side of a page.

Tab bar

Ramotion
Ramotion

Tab bars appear at the bottom of a mobile app and allow users to quickly move back between the main sections of an app.

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