From the suggestion of my previous post (here),

the message button i'm using :

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Here the stars and the notification (1) both depicts a new message. So is it OK to use both of them or the either one?

PS: the message will always be (1) at a given time for now.There can't be 2 new messages.I just added the badge to make it more prominent.


Basically the messages are received from a single person every time. This makes the message somewhat special (just to justify the stars).

Also, the user will only open the app to read a message which is sent by the same person every time.

  • Only when your app is build for a Disco Theme :) Kidding... I guess the stars are not needed.
    – Dipak
    Commented Apr 4, 2017 at 12:03
  • @Dipak The stars or the badge?
    – joey rohan
    Commented Apr 4, 2017 at 12:04
  • @Dipak please look at my updated too.
    – joey rohan
    Commented Apr 4, 2017 at 12:06
  • I am sorry @joeyrohan but I don't really understand why you went for the "stars". It doesn't provide a clear message to me. Commented Apr 4, 2017 at 12:08
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    @joeyrohan clear, but it doesn't really communicate "special" to me. It would be a good case for testing though! Commented Apr 4, 2017 at 12:24

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Putting aside the fact that I do not like this kind of "glitter" effect I think it is fine as long as they form one compound effect, and it looks like they do in this case, as they are shown in the same place. Should they appear in different places, it might be confusing.

However, regarding the number in the badge, it is misleading if you display (1) when there are many notifications. Instead, you could display simply a disc including a dot, something similar to what Slack does:

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It is not perfect, but at least the number is not misleading.

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    How distracting would it be seeing the constantly blinking stars on screen when you have no intention of reading the notification in given moment?
    – Dipak
    Commented Apr 4, 2017 at 12:09
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    @Dipak - I really get your point. On the other hand, my daughter uses a social app for kids where a lot of things are just... different than I would ever recommend. But together they form a really interesting product. Commented Apr 4, 2017 at 12:12
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    @joeyrohan - if User opens the app just to read this one message, maybe it should be the message view that opens automatically? Commented Apr 4, 2017 at 12:13
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    That's what I said - the theme would matter. If the app requires glitters, do add or else they can be expensive to your business.
    – Dipak
    Commented Apr 4, 2017 at 12:15
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    OK, got it. As I said, every app tells some story, design should support that, building up the emotions around it. If you say it is important, I understand. Commented Apr 4, 2017 at 12:20

It seems you are using the animation of the glitter as a way to draw the user's eye to that area of the screen. Right? Does it have to be a constant glitter effect, or could it play and then have a "resting" state with just the red dot?

The biggest thing to consider is if your user base is one familiar with most popular apps using the red dot pattern, you may not need much more. If users have a message, whether it's starting with 1 for now (seemingly) and growing to more or not, using the red dot would establish a known paradigm you don't need to update/change with the next iteration.

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