Sliding Layer

It works like this:

Sliding Layer

  1. After a certain trigger (button click, item selection, etc)

  2. A sticky container will slide from any side of the screen to a certain centered position in order to get the visual focus of the user. It’ll remain stuck to any of the side of the screens.

  3. This container shall be dismissible/closable by swiping it away or optionally by tapping in any empty space within it.

Use when

An accessory container to show extra information is needed and a new view / activity is too much or undesired interaction. Works best if the content in the layer is low in complexity.

The Good

  • Easy to use
  • Better interaction experience
  • Context remains visible

The Bad

  • When the content is too complex it might be overwhelming
  • Ways to dismiss the layer might not be obvious without explanation



    Google+ 01

    1 Google+ displays an icon for notifications in the actionbar

    Google+ 02

    2 When tapped, a layer with notifications slides in from the right

    Google+ 03

    3 The layer sticks to the right. It can be closed by swiping right, or tapping the notification icon again


    Wunderlist 01

    1 In Wunderlist, details for tasks can be opened by tapping the specific task

    Wunderlist 02

    2 A sliding layer allows users to view and edit details for a new task

    Wunderlist 03

    3 The layer can be dismissed by swiping it to the right

    One Response to Sliding Layer

    1. suzanne says:

      6 Wunderkinder just open-sourced a library to include this pattern very easily in your Android app:

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