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The following article is an abridged version of Chapter 7 of Nathan Curtis’s 2009 book, Modular Web Design published by New Riders. The book’s first half addresses how to modularly break down your design, build it back up, and communicate in new and interesting ways. With those design techniques in hand, the book then drills into how to organize and build a library, teach it to others, and establish a process for maintaining it for an organization. Design patterns and modular components are effective techniques for designing and building long-lasting, consistent experiences. You may reach the point where you ask yourself “Is it time to build a library for our team?”
It is important to note that the patterns are offered as proposed sets of design guidelines. They are NOT the only solutions, strict recipes etched in stone, or a substitute for sound human-centered design practices. In our view, it is essential to select and apply the patterns critically and thoughtfully based on an understanding of the users - their level of knowledge, their discovery scenarios and goals, and their modes of information discovery. For example, some UI patterns work well for the "knowledgeable seeker" but not the "uncertain explorer." For more information about how to effectively use the patterns, you can download Applying Endeca Search & Discovery UI Design Patterns .
View the most recent patterns added to the library. Accordion There are too many items to fit into a limited space without overwhelming the user.
What do you see when you look at the x’s below? xx xx xx xx Chances are you will say you see four sets of 2 x’s each. You won’t see them as 8 separate x’s. You interpret the white space, or lack of it, as a pattern.