Why Use This Pattern?
Users need to find data details that exist lower in a hierarchy than the first level. The deeper the level, the more detailed the information. The user can also drill down through a series of folders to find a particular file.
What is the Solution?
Provide an easy-to-follow path for the user to drill down to more detailed information. Show the choices and lists clearly on each screen and include more descriptive information about the selected item on the details screen.
When to Use This Pattern?
Information needs to be broken up into lists over multiple levels.
The user needs to see detailed information on a specific topic.
There is limited screen space, such as on a phone or small tablet.
Do Not Use This Pattern When…
Information needs to be compared or viewed simultaneously.