Module 3 Categories & Users

 

Designer Lesson 9 

Categories

What

  • Add business and class categories

How

  • Complete Lesson 9 video instruction

  • Complete Lesson 9 activities

Why  

  • Categories create a application that is easy to use and well organized.

Resources

  • Lesson 9 video: Categories

  • Training App – Lesson 9

Design Concepts: Organizing Categories

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Businesses and classes may be put into more than one category. For example, take a look at the Toronto business application. Here you have a bullseye display with buttons that take the user to other pages: Stay, Dine, Shop, and Activities. When the user taps on the Dine button, the restaurants category appears with Restaurants divided into categories. L.A. Boil Seafood has been placed in both the All Restaurants category and the Seafood category. Since L.A. Boil has been put into both categories, it appears on both business lists. These categories are connected to the associated buttons that open the lists.

  • When users click or tap on the All Restaurants button, they are taken to a list of all restaurants listed in the area. This is an easy and quick way for users to see the different types of restaurants located near them.

  • When users click or tap on the Seafood button, they just are taken to a list of seafood restaurants listed in the area. This is a plus for the user because it quickly narrows a search.

  • Notice that for both the All Restaurants and the Seafood business lists, users quickly see how far away the establishment is from where the user is located. This is true for all business lists.

Compare the city app to the right showing a shopping business category with the education application.

As with this city application, the education application in this example begins with a bullseye display as the home page for its application. Users then move from the bullseye display to pages of buttons. Users may then select a department to explore. What would be needed for the education app to change its design to categories? Why might categories be a preferred design?

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