Among all the interactive components incorporated while designing a product, button designing is the most undervalued element. But, the truth of the matter is that it is one of the most vital elements in creating a constructive UX experience.
To understand button designing experience, we need to first know the basic definition of a button.
It is a user-friendly element that allows users to take desired actions and help them to drive in a particular direction. The button is used to navigate to another place, download a file, or an app from the app store, or may be send an email. These are some of the examples of buttons we come across in our daily life. Readers often confuse buttons to that of link. The application of buttons sounds quite similar to that of a link. But they aren't the same. You'll know as you continue reading.
Now that you’ve got the basic idea of buttons, let’s look at various types of buttons :
As the name suggests, this button shows the drop-down list of all the mutually exclusive items. The button shows the currently selected item as well as an arrow that opens a menu for selecting another item. This design is commonly seen in the ‘settings’ app.
Floating action buttons
The floating action button (FAB) is a typical circular shaped button that primarily functions on the app screen. When clicked, this button shifts the focus to another action. It is usually advisable to use one FAB button per screen to avoid loss of concentration.
The best place you see a floating action button is Google Maps.
Call To Action
The main objective of a Call To Action(CTA) button is to persuade a user to take a particular action. It is designed in an eye-catching manner that encourages users to perform the final action. Buttons like subscribe, ‘send’ in an email, ‘follow’ in instagram are all commonly used examples of CTA buttons.
Ghost, as the name suggests, is the transparent button that looks empty. Functionality wise, they are similar to CTA buttons. But unlike CTA buttons they are hollow and are often merged with the background theme.
A toggle button allows the user to change a setting between two states. It can be used to check the on/off state of an action. Choosing one automatically deselects the other option.
Text Buttons are the buttons made of pure text. The lack of shape, size and even color; sometimes doesn't make it look like a button. This allows CTA buttons to grab the primary focus, making text buttons the secondary one.
The spell correction option in Google search results is an example of text button.
The hamburger button, so named for its unintentional resemblance to a hamburger, is a button typically placed in a top corner of a graphical user interface. The hamburger menu, or the hamburger icon, is the button in websites and apps that typically opens up into a side menu or navigation drawer.
While focusing on buttons for your website or app, remember, the effectiveness are the in accessibility.
Hope this helps . Until next time.