Theresa Neil works as a user experience consultant in Austin, Texas. Her small team of seasoned UX designers and developers work closely with clients to create applications that make people happy, productive and confident. Her newest project is a tablet application for restaurants that will allow customers to order from the table. Read more about her projects at and follow her on twitter @theresaneil and @mobilepatterns.

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UI Patterns For Mobile Apps: Search, Sort And Filter

As I was waiting for a table at a local restaurant the other day, I flipped through a couple of the free classified papers. I was shocked to realize how dependent I’ve grown on three simple features that just aren’t available in the analog world: search, sort and filter.

UI Patterns For Mobile Apps: Search, Sort And Filter

AutoDirect and some of the other freebies are organized by category (like trucks, vans, SUVs) but others, like Greensheet, just list page after page of items for sale. I would actually have to read every single ad in the paper to find what I wanted. No thank you, I’ll use Craigslist on my phone instead.


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