I am working on an internal admin dashboard for a finance company and the PEP (Politically Exposed Person) section of a business is actually a negative thing because those are the people we do not want to do business with. It's also a very important deciding factor when scanning business details, so it needs to be called out. We really can't drastically change the front end at this point. How do we show Yes to this?

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    Those information may change. Commented Feb 5, 2020 at 14:44
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    I think its good enough as it is, except it seems to me that Yes should be red, and No should be green. Commented Feb 6, 2020 at 1:27
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    @SNag would it? You're saying the words "yes" and "no" are inaccessible to red/green colour-blindness? It's already red/green, making it green/red would have no difference to colour-blindness (please correct me if I'm wrong on this and accept my apologies)
    – fdomn-m
    Commented Feb 6, 2020 at 14:30
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    I really like the accepted answer below, but if anyone is looking for something simpler what about "Exposed" and "Safe" instead of "No" and "Yes"? Commented Feb 6, 2020 at 14:51
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    @freedomn-m: According to what ThomasHirsch said, even if Yes is made red and No green, red/green color-blind people wouldn't be able to perceive the warning that PEP: Yes is trying to convey and the problem in the OP's question would remain for the color-blind.
    – SNag
    Commented Feb 6, 2020 at 15:47

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Your objective is to draw your client's attention towards not doing business with PEP, therefore you could highlight just that and avoid the opposite sounding PEP: Yes/No combination. Leaving the non-PEP blank conveys the required message.


Alternate design for PEP:

PEP alternate

You could explicitly show an indication for non-PEP as well:

Verified non-PEP

Alternate designs for non-PEP:

Verified non-PEP alternate

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    I'd go with a plain checkmark. Less noise.
    – user76284
    Commented Feb 6, 2020 at 19:44
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    @user76284 Agreed. No need for a graphic even, as there are several check characters defined within Unicode. Example: ✅ (WHITE HEAVY CHECK MARK) or ☑ (BALLOT BOX WITH CHECK). And for the negative situation, perhaps: ❌ (CROSS MARK). And by the way, there is also a character for the triangle-with-exclamation: ⚠ (WARNING SIGN). And: ⚡ (HIGH VOLTAGE SIGN). Commented Feb 6, 2020 at 21:59
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    @OluwatobiMayowa In that context, it may be better to also specifically mark the not yet assessed (say, with a question mark icon) Commented Feb 7, 2020 at 8:29
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    @OluwatobiMayowa If the state is not processed yet, you might want to add something like a clock, loading timer icon or a question mark to indicate that the state is pending and therefore unknown.
    – kaiser
    Commented Feb 8, 2020 at 14:30

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