Success and Failure Symbolic Representations & Patterns for "Details"
6 Aug 2008 - 6:31pm
5 years ago
Evan K. Stone
I'm wrestling with the problem of how to tackle a couple of design
problems at the moment, and could use a little advice and help:
1. Success and Failure Symbolic Representations
One thing I've been dealing with is how to represent success or failure
of a process through colors, shapes, and symbols, and I'm just not
really satisfied with the things that I've come up with. Is there any
interesting prior art in this regard that someone would like to share?
As a corollary thought: TiVo uses green & red buttons with Thumbs
Up/Thumbs Down idiom. People in the US seem to get that paradigm, but I
was just curious to know if they use a different paradigm in their other
international markets (it looks like the device for Mexico has retained
the thumbs, but I couldn't tell with the controller for Taiwan -- the
controller seems to have the green/red buttons). Additionally, since I
don't think my designs are going international (for now), that paradigm,
while a bit campy, might actually work for the above problem (I was also
considering [big!] plus and minus symbols).
I would really appreciate some feedback on this if anyone feels like
giving it... ;)
2. Design Patterns for "Details"
The second issue is how to display "more information" or "details" for a
process that has completed (with either success or failure).
Typical patterns I've seen are the Mac OS "Disclosure Triangle", or in
Windows quite frequently there will be a button with the label "Details
>>" to expand or contract a dialog depending on the orientation of the brackets, or also a tiny button with a plus sign to perform the
revelation. I'm sure there are more that I just haven't recalled or
Of these, I think I'm more agreeable to the disclosure triangle, but I
was just curious to see if anyone had come across or was working on more
interesting patterns for this problem. I guess I just don't want to do
what's easiest for the developer (i.e. me, in this case), but rather I'd
like to explore some new patterns if they exist.