I’m a member of the Design Museum here in London and so it was nice to see they have a free app with collection of the best pieces. It does remind me of the Phaidon Design Classics book-as-an-app (which still has not been changed since the first iPad).

I like this application and I was researching text overflow and scrolling. Since iPad no longer shows scrollbars then it’s up to the user to figure what is scrolling or not.

The basic design to highlight text overflow, is to make the bottom of your text container cut through the last line of text. This works well most of the time, yet doesn’t work if your copy could have line breaks and paragraphs.

Another way is to use ‘Paradigms’ which means that the user experience is the same (similar) to other apps of the same kind. This can also work well - because this app has a visual style that reminds me other apps, then I know to expect scrolling.

The interesting design flaw when you don’t have scroll bars is that I missed the user comments container also scrolls. Had you spotted this?

Tags: Design Museum, iPad, Text, user experience

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Damien Saunders
An experienced management consultant and business leader interested in digital transformation, product centred design and scaled agile. If I'm not writing about living with UCTD (an autoimmune disease), I'm probably listening to music, reading a book or learning more about wine.