Learn UI Design in 15 Minutes a Week

Each week, we analyze the top UI patterns and the latest design trends from the 🔥 hottest mobile and web apps, and we turn them into actionable 🍲 UI Recipes for designing specific user tasks.

We do the research
You do the design

Proper design research requires downloading and using lots of apps, looking at hundreds of UI patterns, and staying up to speed with the latest design trends.

And we know how much time this takes, because we do it on a regular basis for our own design work.

For each user task (sign-up, search, filtering, onboarding, etc.), we collect hundreds of screenshots from the most popular apps, reverse engineer design them to find common patterns, analyze them from a usabilty standpoint, and create a set of guidelines to help us design similar user tasks.

We believe that sharing our findings and guidelines in the form of UI recipes will help non-designers learn UX best practices from the top apps out there, and will save designers and product managers the time required to do the same research and analysis that we did, so they can just focus on designing the best apps.

We are also building a searchable online database of top app patterns, latest design trends and downloadable UI recipes, and a Sketch plugin to access and insert them directly from within the app.

This Week's UI Recipe
Mobile Search

New Recipe every Wednesday at 10 am PST

User Task

Enable users to find a specific item in a large data set. Users either know the exact keyword that matches what they are looking for, or a vague idea about what they want to find.

Design Requirements

Search function

Present users with a search function that enables them to find one or more items.

Input modalities

Enable users to use various input mechanisms (text, voice, photo), to make the search function easier to use in different contexts, and to enhance accessibility.


Provide users with trending searches, popular categories and recommended results.


Accelerate user's search by providing a list of recent searches, and by automatically completing the search term as the user types, based on previous queries from other users.


Help users refine and filter their search results by category, before, during, or after users input their search term

Featuring UI Patterns from:

And Design Trends like:

Ingredients in this week's recipe include:

  • Text, voice and camera input
  • Recent searches
  • Trending searches
  • Search categories
  • Search recommendations

Meet The 👨‍🍳 UI Chefs

Amir Khella

I am an product designer, entrepreneur, and startup advisor. Over the past decade, I've created and launched several profitable products with more than 100,000 customers. I've also helped dozens of companies design and launch their own products, five of which have already been acquired.

Sam Wan

I am a product manager and UX designer. For the past two decades, I worked in research, design, and engineering of software products in all shapes and sizes. I am also the primary inventor on several patents awarded for work at Microsoft and Adobe on design tools and user interface frameworks.

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