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

over 3 years ago from Adam Silver, Interaction designer focused on inclusive design and design systems

  • Calum SmithCalum Smith, over 3 years ago

    His whole point is that isn't a button. It's a link, and it takes you to another page. Therefore, hand cursor.

    3 points
    • Stuart McCoyStuart McCoy, over 3 years ago

      But it has the perceived affordance of a button, therefore it should not, according to his theory, use a hand cursor. If he were to really follow proper UX, those should be styled to look like links, perhaps with an arrow after them if he wanted them to be more graphical, instead of buttons.

      3 points
      • Calum SmithCalum Smith, over 3 years ago

        I don't really know what you mean by perceived affordance, outside of just appearance, but:

        When a button has the hand cursor, it subtly and subconsciously misleads the user to believe they are interacting with a link when they’re not.

        In this case, they are interacting with a link.

        1 point
        • Stuart McCoyStuart McCoy, over 3 years ago

          He styled these links to look like buttons (perceived affordance), instead of links though. It doesn't matter what the underlying code says they are, the perception to the user is that these are buttons that will perform some action, not open a link. Therefore he should have switched the cursor to a pointer.

          0 points
          • Adam Brace, over 3 years ago

            Exactly.

            Overall I believe that many users 1. Don't understand these differences 2. The hand cursor gives them satisfaction that they can click here.

            0 points