Designing for Touch
Chances are high that most of your customers use their mobile devices to access your digital products these days. Let’s see how we use devices and how we need to adjust our workflows for touch.
Inventing a new solution for every problem takes time, and too often it’s just unnecessary. We can rely on bulletproof design patterns to avoid issues down the line. This course helps with just that.
We’ll study 100s of hand-picked examples — from complex navigation to filters, modals, tables and forms. We’ll dive into fine intricacies of accessibility, interaction design and usability. And: we’ll design and review each other’s work, together, live.
Not just a video course: a growing library of videos & examples. With 25 lessons available today, and more added every few months.
Ideal for interface designers, UI engineers and developers who’d love to be prepared for complex front-end challenges.
Chances are high that most of your customers use their mobile devices to access your digital products these days. Let’s see how we use devices and how we need to adjust our workflows for touch.
The workhorse of all interfaces — the good ol’ accordion, or expander. The pattern is everywhere, but too often it’s wrong or inconsistent. Let’s explore common usability traps, gotchas and best practices.
On mobile, we don’t have much space to display our elaborate navigation options. Let’s discover how we can deal with common navigation issues and which design patterns we can apply to do so.
Oh, the infamous hamburger icon! Should it live in the upper right corner or at the bottom of the screen, floating as customers are scrolling and swiping by? Or should we abandon it altogether and use “Menu” instead? Let’s find out.
We often use filters to reduce the scope of results, e.g. to adjust pricing or reduce the number of displayed products. How do we design filters and where do we place them — on mobile and on desktop?
Complex websites often rely on complex navigation. When a website houses thousands of pages, often combined with micro-websites and hundreds of subsections, eventually the navigation will go deep and broad. And with such a complex multi-level navigation, showing the breadth of options requires quite a bit of space.
For decades, a common behavior for this kind of navigation is to open the menu on mouse hover. And for decades, a common user’s complaint about this pattern has been the absolute lack of certainty and control about how and when the sub-navigation opens and closes.
It’s common for us as designers to dismiss carousels at first sights. Carousels are noisy, distracting and take up a lot of space. However, when designed well, carousels can serve their purpose well — drive engagement and increase conversion. We just need to move away from the generic view of a carousel towards approaches that usually work slightly better.
Modals, overlays, pop-ups, popovers... they all are disruptive, annoying and frustrating. By their nature, they always interrupt us, slow us down, and often cause more harm than help. Yet sometimes they can be very useful, especially when we need user’s input or don’t want users to lose context while informing them about something important.
In this session, we take a closer look at modals, what kinds of models we can use, how to deal with all of them, and how to design them better without annoying users along the way.
A wonderful yet forgotten UI component that’s left behind in all the conversations about navigation — the footnote, or sidenote. Too often, these notes are found scattered at the bottom of the page. Perhaps they deserve a slightly better placement after all.
Perhaps you have a multi-page wizard, or you’d like your customers to customize your product, or maybe you are designing a language-teaching interface where users complete a series of tasks in a specific order? In all these cases, we need to ensure that users can easily move between steps and complete the task without being slowed down by the UI.
How do we deal with complex enterprise tables, with filtering, sorting, search and inline editing? A deep-dive into the intricate world of complex tables, with design patterns to keep close.
Chances are high that you’re allowing your customers to select one of the options or variations of your product. However, to choose one of them, they need to be able to compare them easily. And your task is to quickly bring them to the product they will love. How do we get there, especially when we have hundreds of features to compare by?
No date picker is like the other one: they come in various forms and flavors, from date input to date range picker, at times with filters, requirements and input limitations. How can we make date input easy and painless? We’ll dive in and explore dozens of examples.
How do we design interfaces for products which involve some sort of a schedule table — a TV guide, a multi-track music festival or an appointment calendar? We need to reduce complexity to the essence and allow users to navigate all the details without overwhelming them. Let’s figure out how.
Imagine a helpless little slider masked as a duration filter and tucked away in a sidebar on an airline website. So often such sliders are difficult to manipulate, and too often they frustrate customers and slow down the entire experience. Let’s find out when it makes sense to employ sliders, and how we can make them more usable.
Every history textbook and every sport event will have some sort of a timeline at their heart: a flow of historic events, or a tennis match timeline, or perhaps a boxing match protocol. So what if you want to provide your customers with an insight into dozens of events happening within a particular timeframe?
With zooming in and out in place, maps seem to be quite obvious to get right. Indeed, they are — unless there are elements that need to be displayed on the map. What if we want to display pins to locations on a shopping mall map? Or what about an election results map with autocomplete, filters, and search? That’s where maps become slightly messier and more complex.
What if we combine all the previous challenges into one? Imagine you are selling tickets for a cinema, a baseball stadium, or an opera house. Surely you’ll want to provide your customers with an overview of available seats, and allow them to select the best seat as well. The challenge is to do it well on mobile. Let’s tackle this beast!
The web has become quite generic and soulless, hasn’t it? Every single website looks alike, and only few websites manage to convey a unique and charming personality. As a result, nothing is particularly memorable, and only few sites manage to connect with us emotionally.
But we can do better and be charming and unique and attractive without breaking accessibility and usability. Let’s dive into a few techniques to achieve just that!
With GDPR and CCPA in place, we need to think twice about how we ask customers for their data, or specifically, how do we get permissions if we really need them. It’s really the art of asking tough questions at the right time and in the right way.
Let’s take a look at infamous and omnipresent cookie prompts and see how we can make better privacy-related design decisions without hurting the bottom line.
Very often forms are inaccessible and difficult to use, with awkward live validation and notorious error messages; not to mention a birthday date-picker starting from 2021, a tiny newsletter checkbox, disabled “submit” buttons and horrendously evil CAPTCHAs in the disguise of street signs and crosswalks. So let’s fix web forms for good!
In this segment, we’ll look into common usability issues with disabled buttons, how to fix these issues and when disabling buttons actually makes sense. We’ll start from the beginning, looking into when disabled buttons cause more trouble than help.
Customers are rarely excited about modals, be it overlays, pop-overs or slide-ins. Usually all these beasts are uninvited and unwelcome, interrupting user’s ongoing tasks, and demanding user’s full attention. Yet sometimes we do need them. Let’s see how we can make them better.
One of the common problems in trip planners is information density. We need to show plenty of options, along with a complex form, filters, and real-time pricing updates. Let’s figure out how to bring it all together in an interface that is easy to use for customers.
When exploring products, we usually filter first. Then, to reduce the scope of available results, we sort. But how do we design a sorting experience that helps customers get to the comfortable range when exploring products?
In this session, we’ll look into design patterns for making sorting more obvious and useful for our customers. Let’s explore which sorting options are important, where to place them, and how to design them better.
Infinite scroll can be frustrating. It’s out of user’s control, it’s difficult to remember the position where you are left off, and usually it’s impossible to send a link to the current state in the infinite list. Plus, reaching the footer is an adventure of its own.
However, infinite scroll can work well in practice. In this session, we’ll look into the downsides of infinite scroll and how to fix them for good. We’ll also explore how we can combine infinite scroll, the “load more“ pattern and good ol’ pagination to make the exploration of items easier and more efficient.
When customers have a good idea of what they are looking for, they use search. And as they do, they expect autocomplete suggestions to show up. Let’s find out how we can design search UX and autocomplete UX to help customers get to their goal faster.
We’ll explore how we search and how we iterate on search phrases, how to refine the interaction design with the search bar, how to show autocomplete suggestions and when to hide them, how many to show and the important details to reveal while users are searching.
Password recovery is one of the most expensive features as a good number of customers who attempt to recover password never manage to log in. So how can we make authentication and password recovery slightly more obvious and slightly less frustrating?
In this session, we’ll look into authentication in general, design patterns around login/password, 2-factor-authentication, password phrase, magic sign-in as well as just the right timing to ask for email and password to ensure an accurate input that people can easily remember.
Giddy up — you made it! Well done! Now, let’s wrap up and recap everything we’ve learned in the course and see how it all fits together, and how you can apply all the insights to your regular design work.
“Years of design expertise!”
Smart Interface Design Patterns is an incredible resource. Vitaly lays out the best practices and patterns for responsive and accessible interface design. It is detailed, informative, and backed up with practical examples.
You can tell years of design expertise have been poured into it. Vitaly is an amazing teacher and walks you through complex concepts by making them easy to understand. Developers and designers of all experience levels can gain so much from this!
Funky Design Educator
“Gem of knowledge!”
In this course, Vitaly provides significant insight not only theoretically but also using practical and relevant examples. These examples are backed up with research and clear graphics to illustrate the points he is making.
Vitaly has accumulated years of observation and research that makes this course a gem of knowledge; essential for any of us, not just designers and developers.
Web UI and Design Systems Engineer
“This course is a goldmine!”
Years of research and experience by one of the most prolific members of the web community has been distilled and condensed into this course.
So whether you’re a designer or a developer who frequently works with designers, you’ll find something in this course for you. Take this course; you won’t regret it.
Head Developer and Writer at DocumentWrite.dev
“Brimming with timeless advice!”
A rare course that skips the framework hype and dives straight into actionable solutions. “Smart Interface Design Patterns” course is brimming with timeless advice about best practices for intermediate-level designers. Vitaly does an amazing job giving each solution real-world context. I wish I discovered this course sooner in my career!
Anna E. Cook
Senior Accessibility Designer
Smashing Magazine and Vitaly are better than ever, and we get to watch it all from the comfort of home!
The workshop is so fun and immersive you won’t even notice you’re learning. You’ll feel like you’re getting to have a one-on-one conversation with one of the greatest design and development educators while digging into your biggest questions. This library is a lovely combination of principle and practice and well worth it!
Design Systems Specialist, Designer
“So much of expertise in one place!”
Vitaly has been a relentless force for good in the digital design space for years now. With this beautifully captured video series, so much of his expertise is in one place. There is something for everyone here!
Engineering Manager, Chrome, Google
“Smart Interface Design Patterns” offers the most comprehensive look at modern user-interface patterns of any course I’ve seen. Vitaly explores (in-depth) 100s of real-world examples of production UX, picking apart the trade-offs of responsiveness, interaction and accessibility along the way.
The focus on “production” vs. simple demos makes this course particularly valuable; you can see what decisions teams across eCommerce (and other verticals) made and why. I also loved the format — a wonderful mix of examples, videos, speaking and more. Highly recommended!
For someone who struggles to focus on courses and usually avoids them, Vitaly has an engaging charm that keeps you watching. Vitaly shares so many insightful gems and the thinking that goes behind different design decisions for different UX/UI issues. This course makes for a fantastic design reference! 11/10.
Designer, Illustrator, Animator
“Ton of ’aha’-moments!”
As a developer, it’s so easy to get hyper-focused on the code itself and lose sight of the bigger picture. This friendly course provides a ton of “aha” moments that will help you make better decisions for the people using your sites.
UI + UX Specialist, Front-End Engineer
“Rad thoughts and examples!”
Rad thoughts, examples and lessons from Vitaly here. Clearly thought out, professionally vetted, and elegantly distilled. A delightful and educational course with something for designers and developers alike.
Product Designer, Front-End Developer
“Immense value in a short amount of time!”
Anytime Vitaly shares something, I immediately think of great UX practices, in-depth dives, and well-researched studies.
This workshop is a deep-dive with tons of useful recommendations that help you make decisions more quickly, effectively, and without wasting time on weighing options and solutions.
As designers, we tend to learn by example, so this workshop provides immense value in a short amount of time. Whether you’re a designer or a developer, you’ll learn a lot. I highly recommend it!
Vasilis van Gemert
“Incredible amount of knowledge!”
Over the years Vitaly has amassed an incredible amount of knowledge about web design and web development. He has always shared his knowledge with everybody at conferences and at universities around the world.
And now he has made all this knowledge available to you in this very pleasant form, to enjoy in your living room, in your home office, in the kitchen or in your hammock, where and whenever you want."
Web Designer, Front-End Developer
“Best practices encyclopedia!”
I love me some components. Effective design systems bake UX, design, and development best practices into a reusable component library to increase velocity and improve quality.
But what exactly are those best practices? Where does one learn those best practices? Right here in this course! Vitaly is a living, breathing web design & development best practices encyclopedia, so I’d highly recommend this course to any web practitioner.
Creative Director, Advisor
“Don’t miss it!”
Vitaly has been a student of the web for a long time now, and he’s collected a wealth of knowledge about what makes for great digital experiences. This course is a fantastic way to learn from his years of experience in just a few short hours. Don’t miss it!"
Vitaly has seen and done it all, and this course is an incredible value for all the insights and resources you’ll gain! The depth of knowledge Vitaly has gained over the years is unmatched, and through this course he shares the extra details that would otherwise take a full career to know about.
The videos are packed with examples to get your ideas churning, and after taking this course you’ll be able to create more successful, usable interfaces that work today and into the future.
BTConf, Conference Organizer
“Treasure of knowledge.”
Vitaly is known for his intense research when it comes to topics like this. Over the years he gained such a good expertise in the field of design patterns that this course is a treasure of knowledge, mixed with best practices and spiced with a pinch of useful tips and tricks.
If you are a designer, this in-depth workshop can only broaden your knowledge and make you an even more experienced designer. If you are a developer, this course is a must for you to build a better connection and understand to the designers you work with.
Software Engineer at Spotify
“The course I never knew I needed!”
This is the course I never knew I needed. As a frontend developer who works closely with design, this course provided me with the skills I need to collaborate more effectively.
Not only do you get real-world examples, but you’ll learn the why’s of responsive design patterns, backed up by tangible data. I recommend this course for every designer and web developer looking to improve their responsive design pattern skills.
“A bunch to take away!”
You’d be hard pressed to find a workshop that can keep you as engaged and eager for more as this latest work from Vitaly! His energy, enthusiasm and skill is clear and his experience and many years of research in the industry is a valuable resource.
There are lots of great examples and takeaways. Whether you are new to the industry or been around for a while, there is still a bunch to take away and use in your work day to day! A super fun and really enjoyable learning experience.
“Well-defined steps to follow!”
I’m amazed with the quality of the course. Not only for the quality of the videos, which is incredible and with many details that make me hooked, but also for the clarity of the content.
As a front-end developer, I always put a lot of emphasis on how to assemble interactive components, and it’s a permanent research! But with these videos, you get both regular and cutting-edge cases covered, with general solutions and well-defined steps to follow.
Undoubtedly, that’s the course for front-end people who want to improve in UX field. And it’s not only for those who are just starting, but also for experienced professionals who want to improve their skills.
Illustrator, Art Director
“Clear and enjoyable to watch!”
I’ve had the honor and privilege of working with Vitaly for the past 11 years. So I’m an eyewitness to this project’s time spent, dedication, and attention to detail. The result is a course that is clear, precise, and enjoyable to watch.
Author, Speaker, and Developer
Vitaly has done a fantastic job reimagining the virtual teaching space with his latest video course! Each of the sessions include succinct video tutorials with detailed background pattern information, engaging real-world examples, and areas to focus on when reviewing or building your own patterns.
The amount of detail and engagement that Vitaly brings to this course ensures that both designers and developers will learn something new - plus have fun along the way!
Greatest secrets are always hidden in the most unlikely places. I find my way by moonlight and see the dawn before the rest of the world. This course has them all — greatest secrets for better interface design and UX, all in one single place. Meowsome!
“Mind-blown how much I learned!”
I am mind-blown at how much I learn at Vitaly’s workshops! It is amazing when we break down every piece of an interface, how much easier it becomes to understand it.
Vitaly has a highly engaging and positive teaching style. He is exceedingly knowledgeable yet very down to earth and approachable. Vitaly goes above and beyond for his students! I highly recommend Vitaly’s workshops to any designer, product owner or front-end developer who wants to advance their career!
“What I needed to make smarter decisions!”
“Smart Interface Design Patterns” is truly what the name says. Vitaly goes beyond the basics to tell you the “why” and show you the “how” to inform your design decisions. For someone who struggled with mobile responsiveness, I think this is what I needed to make better (smarter) decisions.
Josh W. Comeau
Front-End Developer, Indie Hacker
“How to design thoughtful, robust building blocks!”
Modern web applications are full of surprisingly-intricate UI elements. There’s so much more than meets the eye, and if we aren’t careful, we’ll wind up designing an inaccessible, hard-to-use product! Vitaly shows us how to design thoughtful, robust building blocks for the web.
UX Designer, Speaker, Conference Organizer
“Recommend it to everyone.”
Great design requires a way to explain why we choose a certain design solution. This course offers a solution to every common design problem and much more. I recommend it to everyone, especially if you are already working in the field.
UX/UI Designer, Animator
“Pros & cons of different patterns.”
If you design or develop interfaces, you need the ability to weigh the pros and cons of different patterns and approaches. This course dives deep into all of the common components of the modern web, allowing you to create solutions and tackle important issues in your work.
UX Designer, Author
“Carefully researched examples.”
Getting proficient at UI design can take years, but you can get there way faster with this course. The carefully researched examples and practical guidance here will give you the foundation you need to design great interfaces.
“Countless examples and real-world studies.”
Smart Interface Design Patterns is an absolute goldmine of information, presented in a lighthearted and pleasant form by Vitaly Friedman.
It explains complex design patterns — particularly when done responsively and responsibly — with great details, backing suggestions with countless examples and real world studies. It is a joy to watch through and through, and a must for anyone interested in high quality and modern web design.
Lead Front-End Developer
“Plenty to benefit from!”
This course is ideal for anyone looking to get up to speed on modern UI design and development practices. Backed up by thorough research, and featuring detailed and well-articulated explanations of common components, both new and experienced designers and developers will find plenty to benefit from. Highly recommended!
Lead Frontend Engineer at Signavio
“Strategies and patterns to solve the right issues.”
Vitaly takes responsive design to the next level by discussing information architecture and content strategy. How to come up with tactics to achieve the best UX is always tough. But this course gives us strategies and patterns to solve the right issues.
“You won’t find a better guide!”
I know of nobody else in the industry who has spent so much time and energy analyzing best practices in user interface design across thousands of websites. If you are seeking to improve your interface design skills, you will not find a better guide.
Digital Designer, Illustrator
“This is bloody amazing!”
If you’re looking for digestible, friendly, and extremely well researched advice on interface design, this is the course for you. I can’t think of a single resource more informative or exhaustive, nor a presenter more suited than Vitaly. Miss it at your peril.