So I have an application in which you have 2 different lists.

  1. The songs that you have downloaded from others
  2. The songs present on your device

Currently you ca switch between the lists using expandable lists, like this : Viewing the downloads

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Viewing the songs on disk/device library

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Now my UX guy is arguing that this looks congested as there are 4 things to click on (downloads/uploads included). A possible option is to make a new swipe list adjacent to Downloads and display the device library there. But in my opinion swiping back and forth will be slower for the user than this. Who should I go about designing the views ? P.S I cant merge both lists, goes against the idea of the app

EDIT (MyLibrary) = (Total songs) - (songs downloaded using this app)

  • Red bar at the bottom, what are those buttons? Apr 29, 2015 at 15:07
  • Those are the android hardware buttons for back, home etc
    – Dexter
    Apr 29, 2015 at 15:07
  • personally, apple UI/UX > android :)
    – Dexter
    Apr 29, 2015 at 15:11
  • Does someone need to see the upload/download queue from this screen? Apr 29, 2015 at 15:12
  • "The songs present on your device" for example the ones that have been uploaded by usb with a computer or in a SD card? Apr 29, 2015 at 15:12

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I'll totally agree with your co-worker and here I'll explain you why:

  • Inside your Downloads tab you should have just downloaded music. If you want to add also music that has been introduced in the device by other means (usb, sd carc,etc), the "Downloads" tab is not an appropiate title, it's inconsistent.

  • Expandable lists are very close to each other, so the probability of users miss-tapping and expanding the list which they don't want expand is higher than I'd accept.

  • I agree with your UX guy that there are too many "clutched options" in relation with the functionality that it presents.

By adding an adjacent tab you'll gain:

  • More vertical space for the content of each tab
  • Cleaner interface
  • Decrease miss-tapping
  • Better affordance (users can guess what it's going to be inside each tab before they open it)
  • It'll not be "slower", but "faster"! If the user is positioned in the upload tab, they would have to switch to the Downloads tab and then open/close the expandable list with the chance of miss-taping and doubling the number of actions needed, so user will need at least 2 actions as minimum + possible misstapping to get where they want. With the adjacent tab instead, they maximum number of actions needed is 1 (for the switch or the tap on the Tab) and the chance of miss-tapping is way lower.
  • Ok, what if I merged both lists into 1, with a simple divider separating the content ?
    – Dexter
    Apr 29, 2015 at 15:47
  • @Dexter I don't get your idea, if you merge both lists why would you need a divider? Apr 29, 2015 at 15:53
  • to separate the songs that were downloaded from the disk songs.
    – Dexter
    Apr 29, 2015 at 15:53
  • @Dexter If you mean to merged the least and give the option of filtering the elemenst of each one by clicking in that divider? If that's the case I wouldn't agree because there won't be a clear sign for the user when the content is not filtered. In the case you just meant to used a vertical divider as in Darryl answer I think it would be better than your current approach but it will only fix the miss-tapping problems but not the others. If you meant anything else, please add an image/mockup of the idea in your question. Apr 29, 2015 at 16:01

Would this work for you? Merging the two lines into one, but not sacrificing too much space?

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  • well this does reduce one tab, if I decide to go ahead with separate lists, Ill consider this :)
    – Dexter
    Apr 29, 2015 at 15:50

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