May I ask if somebody knows what is the name of the pop-up menu when the user clicks on the profile? There are many interface techniques and I would like to improve the interface for the existing project I am working on.

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  • Didn't you just call it by it's name, though? I don't think there's much more to it than being a slightly more specific version of a generic "Pop Up Menu".
    – Big_Chair
    Jan 30, 2020 at 15:22
  • I am wondering if there is some technical term for it. What do you mean by call it by its name though please?
    – python
    Jan 30, 2020 at 15:30
  • I just meant that "pop up menu" is already the name that you used, I wouldn't make it any more complicated :)
    – Big_Chair
    Jan 30, 2020 at 16:29
  • "pop up menu" is a behavior and not a menu name. I would call it "user menu"
    – xaa
    Jan 30, 2020 at 17:00
  • @xaa, thank you. "behavior" and "names" are different terms. I agree with you. May I ask if any reading resource is available to learn about behaviour, names and other terms?
    – python
    Mar 30, 2020 at 5:49

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At its essence, It's a card that contains user profile info. Its called a User Card or User Profile Card presented in a popover and triggered by mouse hover/touch/click.

Many designers and Design Systems consider it a variation of the card component.

There is a lack of naming standards. Since there is no consensus, there are many fancy names out there. Some of them are:

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there is really no agreed general semantic term for this interface component.

Shopify regards it as a Popover menu in their Polaris Design system.

IBM regards to it as an Overflow menu in their Carbon Design system

The Ant Design system refers to it as a Popover menu.

Bootstrap refers to it as a Dropdown menu.

I personally think it's an Enhanced Popover.


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