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Design Pattern Library Review

A Design Pattern Library Review is a secondary research method for getting design inspiration. In this case, “Design Pattern Library” is a synonym for Style Guide. The reusable patterns within them have been usability tested, and are accepted by customers. During initial design research, a designer can review other products' style guides to learn different ways in which problems have been solved.

A Design Pattern Library Review gives you that starting point for generating possible solutions to issues you or your users may face. There are multiple workable solutions for most known problems, but not all design patterns will work in all contexts. For example, many design patterns will work better for some screen sizes or platforms than for others.

Description

Schedule Time & Gather Materials

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Schedule Time:

  • Time for Review: 30 Minutes – 1 Hour
  • Frequency: Sporadic; whenever you need inspiration, or every few weeks for an indeterminate time
Gather Materials

Gather Materials:

  • Existing Style Guides and Design Pattern Libraries
    See “Explore More Resources” below

Carry Out This Method

  1. Compile a list of the style guides and libraries that cover the design pattern you want to review.
  2. Open each library in a different browser tab. Using multiple browser tabs lets you quickly compare the same pattern in different libraries.
  3. Review the patterns that solve your problem in each library, comparing and contrasting the different approaches.
  4. Examine which aspects of these patterns do or do not address your problem. Carefully consider any new problems each solution might create when applied to your product.
  5. Design the solution that will work in the context of your product.

Try These Tips

  • Consider printing out the best patterns and hanging them in your work area.
  • Review design pattern libraries and style guides frequently. Several of them are updated with new screenshots each month, and continued review will keep you up-to-date on trends and best practices.
  • Bookmark any design patterns you use frequently.
  • Review anti-patterns and solutions with known issues. Know the solutions to avoid and why.

Explore More Resources

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