They're usually used to tell the user that a list is empty, or a resource could not be found, or that a resource may be unavailable.

SoundCloud has one here for tracks without any comments:

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Or if there are no tracks on a profile:

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I would love to incorporate these into my design, as they help fill the empty space there would be when there is no content.


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You described an empty state, or zero-data state. Examples of empty states are a list with no elements (no comments on the track, like in your image or no tracks), a search query with no results.

The most basic empty state displays a non-interactive image and a text tagline.

You can read more here:

  • Please elaborate instead of just posting links, what if people in the future want to refer to this question, and the links are all broken? Oct 5, 2016 at 17:03
  • @SebastianOlsen In fact, was just a question and I think I answer. He needed to know what term describe what is in the design. I just thought I help with the documentation. Oct 5, 2016 at 17:14

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