Toggle switches may not be the most noticeable UI elements in a form, but they’ve arguably done more to spice up a mundane task than anything else. Before toggles came along, we often used a single checkbox element to “switch” something on or off. While it got the job done, the look wasn’t very compelling.
Toggles, on the other hand, offer designers the chance to further personalize the UI in a way that matches the rest of a website. Simply put, they make a website look more “put-together” than a bland checkbox. Plus, they are a great opportunity to integrate some helpful micro-interactions, as well.
And we’re starting to see toggle switches evolve from their more simplistic beginnings. Today, we’ll introduce you to some exciting examples of how designers are bringing more fun to these elements while still maintaining their utility.
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This racetrack-inspired switch is a great example of how some creativity can turn a simple form element into something that further extends your branding message. Imagine using something like this to encourage users to opt-in to a newsletter. This extra effort could provide that little bit of motivation the user needs to make their decision.
What’s cool about this set of toggles is that they demonstrate the power of what we can do with just a bit of CSS. Pay particular attention to the “Skewed” and “Flip” examples, as they do a great job in making the experience a little more intuitive.
Built for Bootstrap
This collection of switches was custom-built for use with the Bootstrap framework. Notice the variety of sizes available and how the “OFF/ON” labeling makes things crystal-clear for users. Just like other form elements, clear labeling is a must for toggles, too.
Bear with Us
Here we have an example that, while it may not be the most practical choice, is undeniably creative and fun. The bear’s nose can be toggled, leading him to “look” the other way. It’s the subtle touches, such as the winking eyes, that really tie this one together.
Press the Button
We tend to think of toggle switches as an element that slides horizontally as a user makes their choice. But here we have a great pushbutton design that makes things even more obvious for the user. A simple click or touch and the slick animation takes over to confirm your decision.
Day and Night
Stick with me on this one. How about a toggle that can help to better illustrate a concept? Here we have an animated switch that goes from a starlit night to a sunny day. Maybe it’s far-fetched, but I really think that this could be useful for something like an online job application, where the user sets a preference for either day or night shifts. Still with me? No?
Tell Me How You Really Feel
Emoji has invaded our daily communications – which could be a good or bad thing, depending on how you use them. But this fun set of switches shows us that they will soon take over our forms, as well. Run while you still can!
Collect Them All
And finally, here is a toggle collection that features a variety of styles and animation effects. There’s nothing outlandish about this attractive set, but you’re sure to find something that will fit in with your next project.
Flip the Switch
The snippets above illustrate how toggle switches can be both useful and incredibly versatile. They make the sort of impression that a checkbox just can’t match and provide you with an opportunity to exercise your creative muscles. Take some time, experiment and see how these elements can further enhance your forms.