This is episode III of the design inspirations. On this inspiration we are focussing on User Profile Unique Designs through the use of navigational cards.
The use of information cards is about to take center-stage on mobile-designs aesthetics.
Now this is something that is being inspired and propagated by the new innovative body-to-screen ratio currently taking over the smartphone world. This means that basic app maneuvers will highly depend on swipes.
But can you have effective swipes without the use of cards? I mean you could hack it, but how would it play along. It's quite easy to go the cards way. Everytime I use the Spotify android app, I am always reminded how the use of screen gestures plays a huge role on design.
If you have ever used Apple Music and TIDAL on your phone, you'd notice how easy it is to swipe away from the current playing song to either manage your current playlist or just continue browsing the library. Its quite easy, swipe up to go to current playing song, and swipe the card downwards to get it out of the way. Dear Spotify, please consider this, especially for users who jump from one music service to another.
Most apps are already practicing the use of these gestures to help users exit screens. For instance, when on Twitter app, you can easily exit an image view by either swiping up or down the screen, as demonstrated below...
The process, besides making the app more useful, feels quite satisfying in every sense, and this is one area that the King of Designs, a.k.a APPLE's iOS takes the lead on handling navigational card maneuvers.
I am really glad to see Google take stage on this with the coming release of the Android P.