What is the best way to ask user to select either image or color. I made one is it the correct UX

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Users can select multiple images or a single color


Actually from this interface I am giving user 3 options users can choose ONLY ONE OPTION.

  1. Users can select a single color to set as their dashboard background.

  2. Users can select a single image to set as their dashboard background image

  3. Users can select multiple images to set as ther dashboard background image ( this option will auto change image in every 30second)

And I want to know best way to present this to user

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    Don't understand your question. What's the use case?
    – msp
    Sep 15 '14 at 11:52
  • If I'm not mistaken, you're trying to create a color palette by asking the users to select the colors manually or choose them automatically from a photo right?
    – BatlaDanny
    Sep 16 '14 at 3:59

If the user is supposed to choose one item, the interface should probably reflect this already by offering one collection of items. Currently you have two collections (colors and images) which forces the user to make at least two decisions:

  1. Color or Image
  2. Which color / Which Image

If possible I would recommend to drop the naming of the different collections, throw everything in one box instead and adjust the wording accordingly e.g. like "Select a mood" or "Select a theme" or the like. This way you could also add color combinations, radients or whatever suits your use case best.

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  • But issue is, Users can select multiple images or a single color
    – Miqdad Ali
    Sep 16 '14 at 3:49
  • @miqdad -- WHAT?! What is the user trying to accomplish? I feel like you are optimizing the wrong thing. There is something weird in your application if the user ever has to make a choice between two dissimilar sets with dissimilar conditions. I would suggest you consider refactoring your workflow instead of trying to do anything other than tillinberlin's idea. Sep 16 '14 at 4:29
  • updated in question
    – Miqdad Ali
    Sep 16 '14 at 9:15

I think you'd be better off showing 2 icons along with the text Color or Image. Perhaps a little icon with some color swatches and your typical image icon you see in most wysiwig editors?

  • Can you expand on what you mean here? As it currently reads it just sounds like you're suggesting the same approach the OP has already provided in the question.
    – JonW
    Sep 15 '14 at 11:19
  • Sure .. Yeah it really is, but just simplifying it. If it's a case of choosing either/or, which is what Miqdad suggested. Simplify their choice by showing icons/text vs big blocks of colors/images and text. This should reduce the cognitive effort and time it takes them to make a choice.
    – IN-FLT
    Sep 15 '14 at 15:22

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