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Hamburger Menu

Want the best User Experience? Make it harder to add features.

Adding features is easy when you design with scalability in mind. But is that really a good thing?

The hamburger menu pattern has gotten a lot of bad press in the design community over the past few months. Most of the negative attention it’s garnering relates to usability issues like lower discoverability, information not being glancable and that it clashes with other navigation patterns. Worst of all, it allows for complacence, leading to a sloppy information architecture.

For me though, it brings to light a different issue entirely; it makes scaling in apps and adding features too easy.

Hamburger menu on the Jawbone app

Need a to add a new navigation 6 months down the line? Easy, stick it in the hamburger menu. It acts as an easy way to scale an app without compromising the overall look and feel.