I have a table which shows whether devices are ON or OFF.
Currently, it looks like this

Status Name Some other columns
🟢 DeviceA
🟢 DeviceB
🔴 DeviceC

There is a new requirement, which is to show devices which are FAULTY.
A faulty device can be ON or OFF.

The most straightforward solution would be to put the FAULTY label next to the ON/OFF icon, like so

Status Name Some other columns
🟢 DeviceA
🟢 FAULTY DeviceB
🔴 FAULTY DeviceC

However, I'm concerned about users confusing the 🔴 for FAULTY

Some possible alternatives I've considered:

  • Spell out ON OFF instead of using 🟢🔴
  • Make FAULTY its own column, instead of sharing a column with ON``OFF
  • Find an appropriate icon for FAULTY & possibly HEALTHY

What would be the best solution?

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As it is correlated with the function status: ON / OFF, it's a good choice to show both statuses close to each other as they both indicate the need for action.

But other than that, you should asses what kind of devices you are running, what the damage is when they run with faults or when they stop, how quick action is needed in order to signal, notify responsible people and make sure corrective measures are taken when needed.

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    I would do similar myself, but I would avoid having the "without faults" icon/label. It's just distracting. Just show an icon/label for "with faults" if there are any.
    – musefan
    Sep 7, 2021 at 10:13
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    Agreed. Also, orange is actually not a great colour for off because it suggests an effort or warning itself. Should use grey for off and reserve orange for the faulty icon. Sep 7, 2021 at 10:53
  • Agreed on not showing without faults. Sorry for the orange confusion ... Figma Jam doesn't offer red color, just orange :)) should have specified.
    – Chris
    Sep 8, 2021 at 12:10

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