I'm creating a portfolio for my websites. I'm going to have tiles that show my work. When you hover over a tile, it will show a title, description, and a preview button. What's the best layout to show the 3 things?

This is what I have so far.

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I don't think it looks so nice. I want a modern, clean, and user friendly way of showing them.

  • What kind of interaction would make this information visible (or accessible) to people who cannot use a pointing device?
    – Tsundoku
    Commented Oct 16, 2016 at 19:22
  • @ChristopheStrobbe I wasn't thinking to make it visible to them. If they click on the tile, they will be directed to the new page. If you have a suggestion of another way to do it, let me know.
    – Steve
    Commented Oct 16, 2016 at 20:42

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I try to avoid hover on gallery/grid/tiles presentations for a number of reasons:

  1. It's not user friendly or represents reality:

Let's say you are choosing in between tea flavors at a coffee shop, do the Tea Boxes reveal their flavor and other information when you wave your finger or point at them, why the secrecy ? what does hover achieve ?

  1. It's an extra step: Both for the developer and designer.
  2. It's not mobile friendly and has accessibility issues.
  3. It presents a conflict to the user in between text and graphics, and a challenge to weight them properly to the designer.

Not to say hover doesn't have correct uses, but I think it is more of a secondary indicator.

For your specific case I would recommend something along the lines of the Card component (Material Design in this example) with no Hover:

No Hover

  • Thanks for the detailed answer! The point of the 'secrecy', is the info isn't that important. No one cares about it. The only time someone will care, is when they want to click it, and they see if you hover over it, it will show more info. That's what Instagram does (on their website, idk their app).
    – Steve
    Commented Oct 16, 2016 at 21:20

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