The Scroll Up Bar ☆(usabilitypost.com)

over 7 years ago from Catalin Cimpanu

  • Eduardo NunesEduardo Nunes, over 7 years ago

    I realize I may be alone here, but I can think of very few "scroll up bars" I've come across that I didn't find incredibly annoying — a lot more annoying, in fact, than traditional fixed headers. They just get me every time: I'm skimming through the content, see something I like, scroll back up no more than a few pixels and down the bar comes, overlapping the exact thing I wanted to read (because, if I'm scrolling up just a few pixels, it's quite likely I'm trying to read whatever's near the top of the screen). I know it sounds a bit overboard, but it's actually been a source of minor anxiety for me, as a user, in the past — I now always scroll up at least twice the amount I need, just in case.

    For the record, I do realize most of the times this is just the result of poor implementation (i.e. the developer did not weigh in scroll velocity and threshold) but it's still a good example of how making assumptions about user behaviour can lead to good ideas, but not thinking them trough will often make for some pretty frustrating experiences for at least some of your users.

    7 points