I have the following article which has a primary title link as well as breadcrumb and social links.

Should I use the primary links' hover effect style for the breadcrumb and social links or differentiate the priority by using a lighter rollover colour?

Ideally I'd like to use a different colour but I'm wondering if that is a big UX no no.

Normal state

enter image description here

Active state with all links in active state

enter image description here

  • 2
    The bigger no-no here is having links with no visual affordance at all (they're styled without any underlines and no colour cues).
    – Kit Grose
    Jul 27, 2015 at 4:01
  • 1
    True,additionally remember hover is becoming obsolete with touch interfaces! Jul 27, 2015 at 4:33

1 Answer 1


The share and save links are fine because:

  • Icons/Buttons alongside text.
  • Knowledge of word meaning and standardised placement of links makes it an intuitive location to put them.
  • Good colours away from the standard text colours of the page.

Why the heading for the 'element' is not so good:

  • Same colour, styles (and size?) as the top header Image collections
  • The colour, to me, on my work screen is hard to read with said style.

Move away from the Image collections follow style and try bring in something a bit thicker or bolder than the two buttons below and the main header.

  • Hi, good point about the heading text, I'll bump up the font weight there, I agree that orange isn't great but it's the brand colour. Jul 27, 2015 at 23:10

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.