See if you can spot a crucial difference between the following two statements:
OK, maybe that’s not the best joke, but I have a point to make: Even if both statements contain about the same number of words, there is a crucial difference between them: Statement A tells you about the story, whereas statement B actually tells the story. That is the difference between good and great home screen patterns: The good ones actually tell you the story. The rest, well….
Sometimes called Hub-and-Spoke (first documented by the User Experience (UX)w expert Jennifer Tidwell in her essential 2011 book Designing Interfaces from O’Reilly), List of Links is a popular and venerable design pattern used all over the mobile world on all manner of platforms and applications. Unfortunately, this pattern frequently tells people about the story, rather than telling the story itself. Here’s how to spruce it up to improve its usefulness.
The home screen acts as a hub that presents a bunch of links or icons of primary functions or popular views that can be obtained with the app.
You don’t have to look hard to find an example of this pattern. ...