Drag & Drop Patterns

Drag and drop patterns

Appian provides drag and drop patterns to save you time and jump start your design process with examples of popular interface designs. Each pattern uses Appian's best practices to create a dynamic and easy-to-use design.

You can test out any of our intuitive, user friendly patterns in your interface by dragging and dropping them from the PATTERNS tab under PALETTE. From there, you can use a pattern out of the box by easily plugging in your data or you can opt to use a pattern as inspiration for your own unique design.

In addition to dragging and dropping the patterns in your interface, you can also copy and paste the expression from any of the patterns pages below. In each page, we break down the pattern's expression to explain how the main components and functions work together.

If you're looking for even more design inspiration, checkout our extensive library of interface patterns. These were created to meet your more complex design needs and include examples of best practices for everything from grids, to charts, to query aggregations.

List of drag and drop patterns

  • Activity History Pattern (Formatting): The Activity History pattern provides a common style and format for displaying an organization's activity measures.

  • Alert Banner Patterns (Choice Components): The alert banners pattern is good for creating a visual cue of different types of alerts about information on a page.

  • Breadcrumbs Pattern (Formatting): The breadcrumbs pattern is a good example of breadcrumb-style navigation.

  • Call to Action Pattern (Formatting): Use the call to action pattern as a landing page when your users have a single action to take.

  • Cards as Buttons Pattern (Choice Components, Formatting, Conditional Display): The cards as buttons pattern is a great way to prominently display a select few choices.

  • Cards as Choices (Cards, Rich Text, Dynamic Links): Use this pattern to display sets of choices that are quick and easy to navigate.

  • Cards as List Items Patterns (Choice Components, Images): Use the cards as list items pattern to create visually rich lists as an alternative to grids or feeds. This pattern uses a combination of cards and billboards to show lists of like items. You can easily modify the pattern to change the card content or the number of cards per row to fit your use case.

  • Document List (Documents): Use the document list items pattern to display a list of documents that can be searched and filtered. This pattern uses a combination of cards and rich text to show an easy to navigate list of documents of different types.

  • Drilldown Pattern (Grids): The drilldown pattern allows users to select an item from a grid to see more details in place of the grid.

  • Drilldown Report Pattern (Grids, Charts, Reports): The drilldown report pattern consists of a bar chart and column chart, which each drill down into a grid.

  • Duration Display (Rich Text, Events): Use the duration display pattern to show the amount of time in between events in a quick, easy-to-read way.

  • Dynamic Inputs (Inputs, Dynamic Links): Use the dynamic inputs pattern to allow users to easily add or remove as many values as needed.

  • Event Timeline (Timeline, Events): Use the event timeline pattern to display a dated list of events and actions in chronological order. This pattern uses a combination of cards, rich text, and user images to show an easy to navigate list of dated events.

  • Form Steps (Stamps): Use the form steps patten to break down complicated forms into a series of quickly completed steps that are well organized and easy to navigate. This pattern uses a combination of cards and rich text to create steps that can represent fields from one or more interfaces.

  • Grid With Detail Pattern (Grids): The grid with detail pattern allows users to select an item from a grid to see more details next to the grid.

  • Grid with Selection Pattern (Grids): This pattern is an example of good UX design for a grid that allows users to select items and easily view their selections when there are multiple pages of data. It also provides information on a common save behavior.

  • Inline Survey (Radio Buttons, Checkboxes, Buttons): Use this pattern to create a clean and easy to navigate survey.

  • Inline Tags for Side-by-Side Layout Pattern (Formatting): This pattern shows the best practice for combining tags with standard-sized rich text, or plain text, using a side by side layout.

  • KPI Patterns (Formatting): The Key Performance Indicator (KPI) patterns provide a common style and format for displaying important performance measures.

  • Leaderboard (Looping): Use the leaderboard pattern to show a selection of your data in an easy to read ranked display.

  • Milestone Bar Pattern (Looping): Use the milestone bar pattern to guide users through sequential steps to complete a task and show the user their progress as they move through the steps. This pattern can be used to either break up longer forms into more manageable sections or combine smaller forms into a more streamlined process.

  • Milestone Stamp Pattern (Looping): Use the milestone stamp pattern to visually guide users through sequential steps to complete tasks and show users their progress as they move through the steps.

  • More-Less Link (Grids, Rich Text): Use this pattern to keep grids with rows containing varying text lengths looking clean and uniform. This design also improves readability and the user experience by limiting the amount of text in the interface.

  • Navigation Patterns (Conditional Display, Formatting): Use the navigation patterns to help orient users and enable them to easily navigate pages and content.

  • Stamp Steps (Stamps): There are two similar stamp steps patterns. The stamp steps (icon) pattern is primarily icons and titles. It should be used for simple steps that don't require much information or instruction. The stamp steps (numbered) pattern is primarily text and should be used for steps that require context or explanation.

  • Tabs Patterns (Formatting, Choice Components): The tabs patterns provide an ideal style and design for creating tabbed interfaces.

  • Timeline Patterns (Formatting): Use the timeline pattern to show progress through steps in a process or project. These patterns can be used to show progress in both completed and ongoing processes.

  • Trend-Over-Time Report (Charts, Reports): This report provides an attractive, interactive design for exploring different series of data over time.

  • User List Pattern (Looping): The user list pattern retrieves all the users in a specified group and displays them in a single column.

  • Comments Patterns (Comments, Looping): Use this pattern when displaying a chronological list of messages from different users, such as comments on a topic or notes on a case.

  • Year-Over-Year Report (Charts, Reports, Formatting): This is a feature-rich, interactive report for sales and profits by products over select periods of time.

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