Jeremy Keith deconstructs the cheeseburger icon and—referencing Luke Wroblewski’s Obvious Always Wins mantra—argues that while icons alone look tasty they risk users failing to understand and engage.
Hi – I’m Laurence Hughes, a Glaswegian web developer creating responsive websites which balance design, technology and accessibility. I also make music, play records and ping pongs. This is my online home; a playground for coding fun and place to share thoughts on the web, music and more.
A Storybook UI explorer containing the components and layouts for making the front end of a BBC web experience.
Some of the web’s design and development practices have led to buttons and links becoming conceptually bundled together and misunderstood. Practitioners can be guilty of only seeing the surface-level commonality that “you click the thing, then something happens” and mistakenly thinking the two elements are interchangeable. Some might even consider them as a single “button component”. However this mentality is harmful for effective web development and causes our users problems. In this post I’ll address why buttons and links are different and exist separately, and when to use each.