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I am playing around with website design and am having trouble letting a user know a specific item in the list is special / important / requires attention.

I have tried increasing the size of the item, but this does not scale well onto smaller devices (such as phones).

Anyone have any suggestions or know of a website/blog/video where I can learn about these types of techniques?

NOTE: Each list item has a picture and some text. Thanks in advance!

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  • Do you have a sample we can see? You can post this as a critique question here and we can try to help.
    – Yisela
    Commented Nov 18, 2014 at 18:50
  • Unfortunately for confidentiality reasons I cannot post the exact work, but this is very close to what mine looks like. My goal is to then get the user's attention to the 'now playing' piece of media. Commented Nov 18, 2014 at 18:54
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    That's ok, the link gives a good idea of the interface. Thanks!
    – Yisela
    Commented Nov 18, 2014 at 18:55

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I can think of a few options. Pardon the simple samples:

1. Highlight the item as a block or add a border

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2. Add an element ,for example an icon

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3. Change the color of the title

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    I like 3 the most. I immediately want to look at that one! Do you know of any additional techniques if the item I am trying to bring focus to is always at the top of the list? Commented Nov 18, 2014 at 19:07
  • @Mr_Skid_Marks Maybe a line separating it from the rest of the list? Or some white space and a little something in the middle, three dots, a tiny icon...
    – Yisela
    Commented Nov 18, 2014 at 19:09
  • I will definitely give it a shot! Thanks for your input Commented Nov 18, 2014 at 19:13

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