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Introducing: A new layout for AppSignal

Wes Oudshoorn

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Introducing: A new layout for AppSignal

From good to better

We are always working to create the best possible experience for our users. The new layout we shipped today is a step forward that will make AppSignal easier to use.

Our user interface has always been a strong part of our product. We keep it clean and focused by sometimes making tough choices to avoid complexity.

Over time you can evolve your design while adding small features. But sometimes you need to look at the big picture and consider what your product has become – and what you want it to become.

New layout structure

The information architecture was not optimal. In the old structure, organization settings, headings, navigation and content were not hierarchic, but rather spread out over the screen.

Our old layout

The new layout is easier to understand, with hierarchy being built from left to right.

Our new layout

The new title and tab bar

The new page header combines the title and tabs into one. It saves us a lot of space vertically. It also removes the large colored heading bar, which gives us the opportunity to use more color in the content without it becoming a carnival.

New tabs

Flexbox & CSS refactor

We fixed visual inconsistencies that snuck into our previous design. We refactored our CSS mixins, placeholders and variables to be much cleaner.

We are building a tool for developers, which gives us the luxury to only support the latest browsers. Therefore we could optimize much of our layout with flexbox.

Small changes

  • We now only use system fonts, which decreases loading times and respects your OS's defaults.
  • Your site settings menu is now less prominent in the sidebar navigation.
  • The docs, chat and changelog are now directly accessible through the sidebar navigation.
  • We have added the AppSignal icon again as your beacon of hope. Oh, and of course you can click it to go to your account overview.
  • Your profile and settings have a more logical place in the navigation.

Let us know what you think

We hope you like it. We've been using it ourselves for a couple of weeks, and we couldn't wait to show you. We've done our very best to hash out any browser compatibility issues. If you do find something, email us and we'll send you some of our great stroopwafels.

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Wes Oudshoorn

Wes Oudshoorn

Once a rogue designer, now co-founder and manager of colors at AppSignal. If our app looks great, it's to his credit. If something is wrong, he points at developers. Loves skiing.

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