I have a list of items one of which will be in a current/active state. Let's for instance say its an outstanding list of jobs but I need to differentiate between the job I am currently working on and any that are left to do.
Here are 3 examples of the same mock-up:
Utilises a different colour and a text label making it very clear this is your current job. I think this basically does the job, but without the text I wouldn't automatically assume it meant that was the job I was working on. I've also added an "elapsed time" so you can see how long this "job" has been active.
Indents the current item and adds an indicator to differentiate it from the others but it doesn't exactly tell me in an intuitive way that it is the current item.
I've docked the active element to the bottom (it could be the top probably above the filters). Doing this keeps the current item on the screen at all times, but its then lost its context.
Using tabs as an analogy, the active tab is usually larger or further "forward" (certainly in skeuomorphic designs) and it more often than not bleeds into the content it represents.
Is there a standard or conventional way of highlighting a current/active state within a list? Or am I overthinking the whole thing and colour is enough on its own?