New navigation patterns...
...are a nightmare.
As a designer, I fully understand the time and effort that went into your recent rebrand and the interface updates that came along with it. But I question how much of your changes were actually tested and informed with customer insights and feedback.
Especially when it comes to the navigation updates you've made, which were intended to make finding and navigating to murals and rooms easier - so far, I've found the exact opposite to be true.
- Is there a reason your "home" dashboard doesn't get it's own tab? When I'm working with a mural, and want to go back home to load another mural for some content comparison, you kill the mural I'm viewing and load the dashboard.
- You have now defined specific spaces for Murals, Rooms and Templates (great!). If I now visit Rooms, and then view all Private Rooms, then view a private mural, I'm shown breadcrumb navigation (great!) but the base link is to the Workspace (instead of Private Rooms or even Rooms) - so instead of using breadcrumbs to navigate backward through the spaces, you make me go all the way to the beginning to then poke through to Rooms -> Private Rooms to see private murals again. I'm sure there's an opportunity to improve that flow.
- Removing granularity from the left-hand menu (ability to see an additional layer of content, like rooms) has created a lot of clicking back and forth and multiple clicks to get anywhere or view content.
- It seems your UI has become very opinionated. “Good design, when it's done well, becomes invisible. It's only when it's done poorly that we notice it”.
Food for thought!