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Card-Based Web Design: A Winning Pattern Grouping related information into a single container can be extremely useful on the web and off.

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Grouping related information into a single container can be extremely useful on the web and off. Card-based design takes this simple idea and strategically applies it to the web, and particularly to mobile design.

example of card based design

Group Related Information

We’ve understood for a long time that grouping related information into a single container can be extremely useful on the web and off. Card-based design takes this simple idea and strategically applies it to the web, and particularly to mobile design (where space, grouping, and information relationships are most valuable to users).

Easy To Stack

Card-based interfaces have the ability to easily stack, either across or down, on multiple size screens making them indispensable in today’s responsive environment. Popularized by sites like Pinterest, Dribble, Facebook, and Spotify; their influence has spread quickly. But don’t dismiss this as a mere trend. Card-based design offers an experience that highlights single, digestible elements that can be perfect for web content. As the web moves away from the static page toward more personalized experiences (with aggregated content), card-based design offers a winning creative pattern to work with.

Benefits of Card-Based Design

  • Is intuitive and easy to understand
  • Helps break down large groups of data into easy to digest pieces
  • Provides a useful structure to your design
  • Great for responsive screen applications
  • Serves as the perfect size for sharing on social networks
  • Gives product and interaction designers a familiar flexible card layout
  • Improves site UX by creating data that is quick to scan
  • Creates a consistent appearance even with varying types of data
  • Uses a single primary action which users understand, usually a click for the full content

Examples of container-style card design in action:

Card-based design on Pinterest

Pinterest was one of the first to use a card-based design to showcase its user’s pins. Image via Pinterest.com

Card-based design on Awwwards

Awwwards.com features a portfolio of websites in card tile fashion.

Card-based design on Spotify

Spotify uses a grid-based card design to showcase its music offerings.

Card-based design on The Guardian

The Guardian uses card-based news snippets to highlight the large amount of data it produces daily.

Card-based design on Zillow

Zillow, a real estate offering site, makes it easy for users to quickly look through cards for each of their listings.

Interested in learning more about web design patterns that can help you communicate more effectively with your users? Aztek is consistently looking for the best way to design great experiences on the web. Get in touch with us today to learn more.

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