Understanding User Interface layout Patterns

User interface (UI) design is the process designers use to build interfaces in software or computerized devices, focusing on looks or style. (UI) Design focuses on anticipating what users might need to do and ensuring that the interface has elements that are easy to access, understand, and use to facilitate those actions. User Interface (UI) refers to concepts from interaction design, visual design, and information architecture.

Good layout design is both dynamic and clear, creating visual points of interest that guide the reader through a piece of content without overshadowing its message.

Types of Layout Patterns

User-Interface Design Design patterns are repeating solutions to prevalent challenges in design. Designers can communicate using design patterns as a shared language. They allow for discussion of alternatives, where simply mentioning the name of a design pattern has far more weight than just the name.

Card-style Web Layout Patterns

Cards are important in UI layout design because they blend text and pictures and are particularly beneficial when you want a user to peruse the content of various types and lengths.

Split-screen Layouts

When full-screen items are separated into two or more vertical pieces, a split-screen layout is used. Regardless matter how popular such website themes are these days, this selection can make or break your design. Split-screen layouts, when done correctly and logically, provide a fantastic viewing experience for your consumers. Split-screen layouts are ideal for minimalist website designs that aren’t overburdened with bold components. Furthermore, it would be an excellent choice for landing pages with selectable options on both sides.


The utilization of the grid is attractive to the eye from a mathematical standpoint. Although the grids are not apparent in the design, they help with element placement, proportional distribution, and interface consistency.

Single-page Layouts

Users are immersed in a straightforward linear experience on single-page sites. There is a distinct beginning, middle, and end to the story. Single-page sites are highly suited for mobile users who are familiar with the scrolling gesture due to their scrolling nature. For sites with a single purpose, one-page navigation is, of course, more straightforward than a larger site.


Asymmetrical layout designs convey a sense of movement and dynamism. Due to the laws of composition and balance, asymmetry tends to be more expressive to the eye; it promotes the hierarchy of the pieces and gives them movement.

Navigation Tabs

Navigation tabs, which resembled tabs on file folders or binder dividers, were formerly a cornerstone of skeuomorphic design. Tab-style navigation, on the other hand, has evolved through time and no longer resembles an actual tab. Instead, each item in a menu has a visual distinction from other menu items, which is a trademark of navigation tabs. This can be inconspicuous at times, and it can also appear just when a menu item is selected or hovered over. Smaller menus with only a few items are best served by navigation tabs. If not, they may appear cluttered. They can, however, be paired with submenu dropdowns to increase their functionality. They’re also common in horizontal navigation, however, there are also some vertical navigation examples.


Carousels of content are frequently found in a website’s header or hero section. They frequently incorporate both images and text, while others may just include one or the other. When space is limited, they’re utilized to display many content elements within a single part of a page.

Salient Points

  • Card Layout-blends text and image
  • Split-screen layout — for minimalist designs
  • Grids — grids need not be visually apparent but they help in element placement, proportional distribution, and interface consistency
  • Single-page layout — a linear and simple experience for users
  • Asymmetry- more expressive to the eye as it conveys movement.
  • Navigation — a common feature of most websites, like a signboard it points you to the needed pages without scouring the whole website
  • Carousel is a series of linear images or text or both with little whitespace that usually showcases some important content.




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