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7 Basic Types of Buttons in UI Design


Buttons are an essential component in providing a happy and satisfied user experience. At its base, UI buttons are the stylized links that capture the User’s attention and guide them through an intended path. Button can take us to other sites or perform actions such as completing a form or making a purchase.

You may want the User to make a payment, contact your business, or learn about your services. And the CTA events that direct users to take such actions are made possible through buttons.

Here are the different types of buttons and various ways they are implemented and utilized: 

Hamburger Buttons

Here’s something we’re all familiar with: the Menu button. A hamburger or Menu button is a page element that appears towards the top of the page. It is typically depicted in the form of three horizontal bars stacked one over the other. It contains information on the site’s content and organization. Many people do not consider it a distinctive button since it stands out as a distinct and always important component of any UI design.

The hamburger button is a dropdown button, but it has a unique purpose: it displays the MenuMenu. This is a must-have element for any website or app, and not only because it has a long history of use. The hamburger button aids navigation, clears the page and may appear rather beautiful. As with any other design element, ensure that the primary navigation element is well-polished!

Dropdown Button

Dropdown button is a flat button that is often utilized. When you click or hover, a dropdown list of mutually exclusive options appears. It provides the User with an opening list to select any item.

You may decorate the component using CSS selectors and provide a smooth motion with customizable dropdown color. Did we mention that by simply adding a couple of pairs of anchors, you can add more and more things to the Menu Menu? This is one of the most adaptable UI components. You can’t afford to miss out on this.

Filled Buttons

These are the best call-to-action buttons. But shouldn’t all of the buttons do some action? Without a doubt. Filled button stand out due to their strong design, which can be seen in the content. They are color-filled and emphasized since users should notice and, of course, click on them as quickly as possible. Because of the rich style of this button, these are the primary CTA buttons, and users engage with them the most. So it all comes down to focus.

What you should remember is that full buttons attract and hold attention. As a result, they should be utilized to demand serious action. They are distinguished from FABs primarily by their rectangular form and text with a direct message in their design. When it comes to their intended purpose, filled buttons are not necessarily a call to usual or anticipated action.

Ghost Button

A ghost button is a translucent button that seems to be empty. That is why it is sometimes referred to as “empty,” “hollow,” or “naked.” Its visual recognition as a button is often supplied by a form surrounded by a very thin line around the button copy. When there are several CTA components, this button helps establish the visual hierarchy: The primary CTA is displayed as a filled button. In contrast, the secondary (still active) is displayed as a ghost button.

The ghost buttons are designed to be attractive and inconspicuous. People will first notice the filled and bold CTA, and then they will see their ghost companion, who will provide them with some supplementary information. Ghost buttons typically provide you with another alternative and more possibilities.

Floating Action Button

Floating action buttons (FABs) serve as primary information bearers. These buttons are scattered throughout the page’s content. They simply float over the material and capture the visitor’s attention. You simply cannot overlook those. It’s because they’re visually attractive and displayed on the top of every tier of the website. They even follow you around at times. 

So, how can you take advantage of these tenacious tiny design elements? Because they are the most memorable of them all, they should express the most crucial information to Users.

The position of FAB on the screen is usually defined by the factor of high visibility, although it may vary depending on the overall design idea of the app screens. To minimize focus loss, it is best to employ not more than one FAB per screen.

Raised Buttons

Raised (or “enclosed”) buttons are generally rectangular buttons that “rise” from the screen’s surface using a drop shadow. The shadow indicates that the button can be clicked or pressed. Raised buttons may provide depth to generally flat layouts while also emphasizing usefulness in busy, broad, or otherwise crowded areas.

Toggle Buttons

Toggle buttons are commonly used for two reasons: grouping similar options or highlighting a specific setting or action. In the former case, only one choice from a set of toggle buttons may be selected and activated simultaneously. As you select one option the other one is deselected automatically. The toggle button for the latter shows whether an action or setting is inactive or active.

To Conclude

Buttons are an unavoidable part of a user interface. They make a website easy to use and get the service to effectively interact with the users. Buttons may be thought of as a critical point around which the entire site’s content and purpose of communication rotates. What you should know is that there is a hierarchy between them that must be followed to make it ‘click’ for you! Contact Us today to know more about which buttons to use for your brand.

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