After some feedback I came up with these simple language selector toggles that could be used for a website or application!
over 1 year ago
As much as I love the design, flags do not symbolize languages.
Still, nice selectors. :)
@Damian Vila i happen to disagree strongly with you. Here in the uk many websites use flags to represent language. My examples are uk english, spanish and sweedish. I also disagree with that article on many levels. Here is my reasoning, you can use a flag to represent the main language in a country, they may even choose to use their second language if theirs is not there. The union jack symbolises an englishman
@Damian Vila I sent that last reply whilst walking home from football! Now for a correct reply. After reading a couple of things I can totally understand the argument that you brought to light. Thanks for your feedback as always its very welcome.
@Damian Kidd You must excuse me for something: I was looking for another site to link, but as I couldn't find it, I used that one (that has a rather agressive language, to be honest). I'm very sorry, as I didn't realize about the title at first sight.
The one I was looking for was this: About languages and flags
Believe me that it was not my intention to insult you in any way.
I'm not going to link to that site again, as I understand that it has a rather strong language that is not suitable for a reasonable discussion.
At least I found a site through that site (Flags are not languages) that is very nice and has a perfectly valid use of flags for languages: LEGO.com: effective design for region and language
As a fellow Englishman, i'm just wondering how you can say "The union jack symbolises an englishman". The union jack is the flag of the United Kingdom, and therefore England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales.
@Chris Anstey because i am proud to be from england, proud to be an englishman and proud to be from the UK. The national language of the UK is English is it not?
I don't understand how it works. Your page is in a given language, then you activate English? And since toggle behave like checkboxes, you could activate Swedish on top of English? Or would there be a single of those switch, therefore allowing "only" a second language option?
@Jocelyn Richard Ok I should have maybe explained this in the first place. If I go onto the site and its in english but I want it in Spanish, I click Spanish then that slides up and English slides down. There has been much confusion about this and I clearly need to work out the concept next time. These could also be used for currency instead of language. Hope that helps.
@Damian Kidd It helps, thanks. No problem about exploring concepts, that's what this dribbble is about, right?
being a Scotsman i just want the Scottish flag there and not the Union Jack :P
i love these, it's really common for a flag to be used as a language selection even though it may not be logical and there are lots of sites out there saying that it's bad and not really user friendly not to mention can be a problem for colour blindness but one thing we should consider is,
what is the most common used method when selecting a language? users are so used to having flags that if it was changed universally there would be a lot of confusion.
take the right click menu on Windows, if you do this on your desktop a lot you will know how far down to move your mouse to get to properties, this is similar to muscle memory, you just know roughly how far down the option you are looking for is because you use it sooo much. Flags are the same.
may not be the most exciting or logical reasoning but it's the most common and easiest, there are lots of other options such as dropdowns with the flags and also the language but sometimes this can't be used to branding restrictions etc.
anyways these are still sexy :)
@Michael Shanks great feedback, good constructive criticism! I would really like to read up on ui design, any thoughts?
@Damian Kidd no problem dude.
I use this site a lot UX Movement. it offers a lot of visual examples and reasoning behind each article.
also have a read at Don't Make Me Think by Steve Krug, it's a fantastic book and has lots of really good stuff in it :)
@Michael Shanks thanks for that dude! Consider that book purchased and my next read. I shall check that site out also!
Cool!! Love them! @Damian Kidd
about 1 year ago
by Sebastian Hager
The toggle I used here was created by Damian Kidd.
12 months ago
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