Making Widgets More Useful

Clever design element here that few implement. Instead of just using sliders that have values, make the background hint at what the results will be. What can you do in the space given? How much information can you provide? What do users want to know? Why are they moving the sliders in the first place? Asking these types of questions will get you innovation. See the article at Smashing Magazine.

Slider with bars showing realtime inventory

Inventory Based Slider that hints at what the results of interaction will be

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