Apple on Hamburger Menus(

9 years ago from Ronald Brummelkamp

  • Joshua BullockJoshua Bullock, 9 years ago (edited 9 years ago )

    I think you're right so once again the answer on whether to use a hamburger icon for a menu is: "it depends".

    We use it within our app because it makes the most sense and we have more functions than can easily fit onto a tab bar. We also have a suite of functions wrapped in a single app opposed to separate applications so having a larger menu of functions is the wiser choice. We also host a subscription-based service with tons of training for our customers so there's little need to expose them to other features of our application. We aren't competing for eyeballs or views or whatever so there are lots of reasons that it works for our organization where it might not work for others.

    I believe it's a completely valid UI pattern with pros and cons just like any other - it'll work for some people and won't work for others. Designers really just need to understand the potential issues and be able to justify the rationale of their decision for or against. (Edited for clarity)

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    • Drew BeckDrew Beck, 9 years ago

      Came here to say this. As time goes on and mobile experiences get more complex we need patterns that allow us to manage that complexity. I don't know that the hamburger is the very best solution, but it works well for certain kinds of apps.

      I think the hamburger hate demonstrates how focused designers are on the shiny apps, the super exciting cutting edge social local mobile new new. But there is a ton of growth happening in business apps and productivity apps and niche apps, and some of the most exciting design challenges, too.

      You may not get on techchrunch with it, but you do have the opportunity to make so many people's lives easier and better.

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