Welcome to Week 2, Day 2 of my Weekly UI challenge! Week 2 will focus on a search bar UI component; each day throughout this following week, I will pick one subelement of the design to implement. For day two, our goal is to…
Before we get into any kind of exciting territory, we need to create the bare minimum for a search bar: an input field! After all, if a user cannot type their search query how can they possibly make a request to the search platform and/or server for what they want to look for? Go ahead and create the (in)famous white rectangle made famous by internet greats such as everyone's favorite search butler Ask Jeeves, that toolbar from Yahoo your Grandma still has stickied to her copy of Internet Explorer 8, and a little company called Google (ever heard of them?).
Following the original design I created, this is what I've got for Day 2:
Again, I am not straying from the tried-and-true tradition of the "white rectangle" search input; for this, I used an
input element with the
type="search" attribute; you could use
type="text" or some other type of element to source user input, but using the proper HTML element and
type attribute will help the user experience (or UX) of the component, since browsers and devices will add extra functionality based on the search type.
In order to actually have this component work as-is, I wrapped the
input in a
form element; this allows the searched text to be submitted to whatever server/service/platform you would use for searching, just by pressing "enter/return".
I kept the 2px
border-radius style from Week 1, as well as the same color pallete; I found it was nice a minimalistic and still fit this design pretty well. If you check out the live demo, you'll notice I added the focus state from Day 7 for a little extra flair.
Here is an animation of the first piece in action:
I used React.js and Storybook to develop my implementation, but you can use whatever technology stack you would like! (hint: if you use Vue.js or Angular.js, you can still use Storybook for those libraries)
Also, please add your repos and/or images of your designs in the comments for inspiration! I would love to see what designs you all create.
Happy coding! 🎉
- (Sunday 4/15) Design component ✅
- Input field 🎯
- Submit button
- Integrate autocomplete functionality
- Past search term indicators
- 100% a11y score
- Tweaks, refactors, fixes