Buttons shouldn't have a hand cursor(medium.com)

4 years ago from Adam Silver, Interaction designer focused on inclusive design and design systems

  • Jordan LittleJordan Little, 4 years ago (edited 4 years ago )

    You're catching some flack on here, but Gmail (off the top of my head) has stopped using the hand cursor in their UI. Mousing over any of their UI buttons gets you a default cursor while hovering a link in the body of an email gets me the hand cursor. The web is indeed moving to a more native-app experience.

    I'm not sure I agree with what you're saying as a sweeping, general rule, but if you look at some of the big players in UI, they're doing exactly what you're recommending here.

    Thanks for posting.

    Edit: After checking out a few more apps, I'm not sure there's a trend to be found. Even Google Docs is inconsistent with Gmail on their usage of cursors. I'll certainly be paying more attention to it now.

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    • Adam Silver, 4 years ago

      Thanks for your comment. There are good and bad examples all over the internet. But one thing, just because Google or whoever does or does not do it, does not make it wrong or right etc.

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