I have a mobile timeline with cards, each card can be swiped to the right to display interaction options. We feel that it's not evident to the user that there's anything there, the 3 dots we've added are meaningless.

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Is there some form of indication that means "swipable" that we could give the user, beyond giving them a guided tour of some sort.

  • That question isn't related to this one, voting to keep this open
    – Devin
    Feb 5, 2016 at 21:36

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Swipeable things are in design meant to shorten quick interactions which are listed in a table view

All the things you have displayed here can be easily put on the card itself

Besides the point: facebook and twitter make sense, hand doesnt. I have no idea what it does

this is how it should look

This is how it should look, and be used. Its like using a slidebar to enter your password, its just fundamentally wrong.

  • What if I have a magic the gathering card with an obvious backside? I'm sure there's other things you can reasonably swipe than table views. ;) The hand is contextual within the app, it doesn't really matter what it does.
    – Kit Sunde
    Feb 3, 2016 at 11:35
  • @KitSunde is it clear that the backside of a card should be accessed by swiping? Not to me.
    – user31143
    Feb 3, 2016 at 12:35
  • @dan1111 Does it seem less clear than a table view being swipable?
    – Kit Sunde
    Feb 3, 2016 at 12:37

I would consider using three vertical lines like so: enter image description here

You can read in this other question on UX.SE about how these lines are typically used to represent pullable/draggable areas and why: What do the 3 close horizontal bars (not hamburger menu) represent and what is the origin of the design?

It is a skeumorphic depiction of notching, indicating that the area can be pulled/dragged. Similar to the notching on the end of the gun slide (providing extra grip to the fingers). - Bowen

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