Wasted home screen space

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Myke Harbuck | Forum Activity | Posted: Sat, Oct 7 2017 2:26 PM

Wondering why the decision was made to have so much empty grey space in order to offer a search box, when there's already one in the menu bar at the top:

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IMHO, this looks much better, and allows for a fuller view of all the tiles. 

Myke Harbuck
Lead Pastor, www.ByronCity.Church
Adjunct Professor, Georgia Military College

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Myke, you're not the only one to notice this. Recently, we have had some discussion on the "grey space" and how to make our homepage a better experience. We are still exploring ways to best aid users in their study from the homepage. So far, we are in alignment with you. 

Soli Deo Gloria,

Jeromy Blomquist | Academic Program Manager | jeromy.blomquist@faithlife.com

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Phil Gons (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 9 2017 9:38 AM

The current design gives search prominence. The design you propose deprioritizes it. People are much more likely to engage with search in the current design than in the one without the prominent search box.

Take https://www.google.com/, for example. You could argue there's lots of wasted space there. But it's not wasted if it's serving its purpose: focusing the user on the search box. Using the space for something else would actually be wasting the space, because it would be distracting the user from the thing they should be focused on.

There's a risk that we fill up the screen with as much information as we can possibly fit on it and overwhelm the new user with too much choice and not enough hierarchy. Good design has clear hierarchy.

We realize that not everyone has the same needs, priorities, and preferences. That's why we've added some customizations like the ability to rearrange and hide cards and set the number of columns to use. Perhaps we could have a setting to hide the search box, too.

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Bill | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 9 2017 1:52 PM

Hi Phil

This is not exactly the same topic, but it has to do with space.

How about putting all or some of the quick links we create in the task bar at the top into heading tabs with drop down lists? This would reduce clutter and possibly create less distractions.

As always thanks for listening Big Smile

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Phil Gons (Faithlife) | Forum Activity | Replied: Mon, Oct 9 2017 9:31 PM

Bill:

How about putting all or some of the quick links we create in the task bar at the top into heading tabs with drop down lists? This would reduce clutter and possibly create less distractions.

Are you referring to shortcut folders (like browser bookmark folders)? If so, we've discussed it. It's on the list.

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Bill | Forum Activity | Replied: Tue, Oct 10 2017 8:46 AM

Yep! That would be the items I am referring to.

That is great to know.

Thank you very much Phil!

By the way how many volumes is the list now? Big Smile

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