A couple of weeks ago we gave you a Sneak Peek at some upcoming Empire Avenue design changes. Well, in the next 24-48 hours (and certainly by 5pm Friday the 25th Nov 2011 MDT) we'll be rolling out those changes to everyone! And you won't need a GPS to navigate, either (heh).
Here at Empire Avenue HQ, we recognize that changes to navigation and overall site design can be difficult for everyone. Yet, these changes are necessary as we continue to improve Empire Avenue to easily scale as we grow.
You'll see we've moved toward new and recognizable iconography, making it easier to allow for translation and internationalization. As well, many of the changes we've implemented are based on member feedback.
Overall, these ideals of building for growth, internationalization, and incorporating member feedback are ultimately allowing us to expand Empire Avenue in new and innovative ways, which you'll see very very soon!
Ok, so here's the what
Streamlined Top Navigation Bar (dark blue)
We save a little bit of real estate by slimming down the top navigation bar and using icons (with tool tips) to replace the larger text tabs.
We also modified the look of the ticker; it's now at the top of your Home page and it's a very spiffy-looking charcoal colour.
Below the main navigation bar is a second navigation bar (light grey). This simple bar contains commonly used pages and also allows us a design flexibility that will make future design enhancements much easier.
In order, from left to right, here are the icons and their functions:
Whew, a lot going on there. The team has been quite focused on this enhancement and is eager to hear your thoughts and feedback! Leave them in the comments below, or send us a feedback note through our helpdesk.
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