This is a bit of an opinion question, so I'll understand if it will be closed.
We're designing a web-based dashboard with several tabs, one of which is the dashboard's snapshot page / welcome page. The purpose of this snapshot page is to present the users with a large amount of information about their recent activity and performance, and provide them with various links to act upon. One of the models in this page is the notification snapshot model, which unlike the fully expanded notification center tab should be brief and concise.
I'm exploring several options to present the users with information about the notifications by using color (green for increased figures, red for decreased etc). However, by introducing color in the notification text I can no longer use the text to include a link to the detailed notification page. I am therefore forced to include a "view" button or something along that line to allow navigation to the detailed view.
I see three options:
- Keep the colored text and add a "view" button.
- Let go of including conditional coloring of the notification text, and including a link to the detailed view.
- Hybrid mode - add a headline text row (with a link) and the colored desription below - at the cost of larger items in a real-estate hungry page.
Any thoughts on the pros and cons of each, or better ideas on how to achieve a concise design?