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Poll: Give your feedback on the new Webflow UI


#1

The new Webflow UI has been live for about 2 weeks now, so we want to get your honest feedback on the changes. The Webflow team has heard a lot of feedback from veterans and new users. Some have welcomed the UI changes and some find them disruptive to their web design workflow. We'd love to get your feedback so we can create the best web design experience. NOTE: the new colors/design will stay the same. We want to get feedback on the organizations of the main functions like add panel, etc.

Which Webflow UI layout do you prefer?

  • Option 1: Go back to the old UI layout. No top bar or bottom bar. All elements on current top bar will move to the left panel like before. Bottom breadcrumb bar can be turned off/on with an icon. Move Add panel back to the right panel as the first tab.
  • Option 2: Keep current layout - including top bar and bottom bar. Keep the add panel on the left panel.
  • Option 3: Keep current layout - including top bar and bottom bar. Moved the Add panel back to the right panel as the first tab.
  • Option 4: I have no preference.

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UI Color scheme: Based on feedback from users, the new lighter UI will be darkened a tad to make the UI "melt away" more when designing a website. Thanks for your feedback!


A brand new look for the Webflow designer!
#2

Should tell people interactions have moved to the symbols tab. Took me a while to find them.


#3

I don't like that the bottom bar is light grey. It's distracting, a darker grey would be preferred.


#4

Maybe an option to switch based on preference? I started using the tool just before the change and I really like the way it works currently.


#5

I like the new look and feel, it is very fresh and clean. My issue with the add panel is, when it opens it covers a small portion of the site. While it probably does not effect the usability at all, I think mentally is becomes distracting.


#6

Overall I really like the changes and see where you are going with them. They make practical user sense to me ... To fine tune it a bit having the add button open on the right is more natural for me and it would not block the content I may be moving the mouse to drop it on. I love the 4 views in the top bar center. Would help to move the preview button over just to the left of them. Pages on the left is great and very natural to use there. The publish buttons top to the right, excellent. Love the right side settings panel, very natural and easy to use there. I could use the duplicate drop down to be more of a contrast ... not sure if that was a setting on my computer or the change but it's light gray text on a white back ground and hard to see is all ...

hey you guys are brilliant, this is really easy stuff to figure out and use yet really powerful and time saving .. that little gear option on the row views - wow! love that thing and the other 2 options ... to try to figure out how to do that manually or tweak it out in the settings every time would be time consuming but all I have to do is click one and see what it does, click the next, etc ... then choose the best one for that size device ...awesome!


#7

My humble opinions would be:

  • There is a ton of empty space now on the left bar ... Not sure if that needs to be for future updates but as of now, it would be less cluttered overall to just get rid of the top bar and move it all back to the left bar like before. I also prefer the preview and publish buttons to be side by side... which they're were before on the original left bar - now they're at opposite ends of the new top bar.
  • the top bar and bottom bar are distracting because they clash with the canvas area for designing
  • The add panel is nice to have on the right because it stays open so I can continuously drag things out without it closing, and also because it doesn't cover over my design

#8

I moved a post to a new topic: Feedback on zip files


#9

The greys feel nicer than before - especially on the right panel. The biggest thing I dislike about the change is how small the preview button and icons on the left panel are. Before it was much easier to swipe my cursor over to the left and hit the big eye to preview my work. Now it's small and obscure, up the top. It simply takes more time to be able to preview my project and requires thinking rather than an intuitive swipe.

I've also noticed preview is slightly more buggy than it used to be. Sometimes the CSS3 animations don't work and you have to click the preview button another time to get them to show properly. Overall, the grey scheme is better but I believe the layout should be reverted back. The left panel should also be darker, but the right panel's greys are fine imo.


#10

Keep the add-panel and the top-panel.
Some feedback:

  • Make the Preview button bigger and since it is a "toogle"-button skip the devider between the button and the "X" making it seem like you have a very tiny area to cancel the preview-mode on.

  • The publish-button is also too small and very hidden where it is placed today, maybe put it closer to the preview-button?

  • Only "nice to have" but I really liked the old publish rocket icon smile


#11

I moved a post to an existing topic: Custom Media Queries / Break Points


#12

I have to say I realy love the current Webflow UI. It look clean. The workflow is just as good as before with few adjustments. I really like the ADD panel being on the left side letting me to have my setting/style panel open all the time. I agree with one of the Webflow Forum users about the bottom bar appearence. It should not be that light grey but remain the color of the rest of the UI.

Now... speaking of the top and bottom bars. I really like them, but they take precious 70-75px. When you have a big screen (resolution) it's great to work with that. But once you are forced to work on 800px height of screen you get even less place to create stuff. But then again... I like them being on top and bottom. Breadcumbs should be available to turn off/on. I'm still using another (earlier) way to get to the proper object or I'm using navigator panel (which I love, by the way!). Breadcumbs are a great feature that should be able to be hidden. The top bar is fine after all.

Another thing is, that I really like to work on the portrait screen (1200x1920) which let me see my entire website (well... most of it). The problem are panels which can't be taken away from the original view. Maybe this could be a feature some day, who knows? :).

Best,
Bartosz


#13

I very much love the new layout. However, It would be interesting to see the top bar removed and merged with the left bar. Bottom bar is perfect. It is the most helpful addition to the new UI.


#14

Hi thesergie,

Like the the new UI and think that
Tatyana_Voroniuk's suggestion about customizing media queries would be very helpful.

Cheers,

Allan


#15

it's ok with new layout but there is only one issue for me. Add panel auto-hide is not useful. Add an option that we can switch between auto-hide or manual.


#16

Personally, I like the update.

I think I understand the logic of moving the Add panel to the left since both the Pages and Add Element items are grouped as "creation" items and the stuff on the right panel is grouped as "modifying" items. That left bar does seems awfully bare compared to everything else though. It does seem odd to me, however, that the Pages button is redundant to the button on the left side of the top bar which displays the current page name. Is it me or do they do the same thing? Seems to me one should stay and the other should go. That is, unless I'm overlooking something.

I also agree that the light grey bottom bar feels out of place. Since all of the other application chrome is the dark gray, that bottom bar really gets lost and could possibly be mistaken for part of the page design by less than experienced users (I'm mainly thinking clients who are brand new to Webflow).

I wish the preview button would get friendly with the stuff on the right side of the top bar and scoot right over there since all of those items are what I would consider "File" items.

Overall I dig the direction and look forward to seeing how it evolves. I'm sure the team is swamped with everyone giving their 2 cents, but I hope mine is helpful.

Cheers


#17

Probably just echoing others here, but I really like the new layout. The add panel over on the left is taking some time to get used to, but I understand why it's been moved there. I just wish it didn't autohide. It was so quick adding a section, container and row when it didn't autohide.


#18

I like the new layout, but I would also prefer if the Add panel was a tab on the right like before so I can drag element after element without opening it up again and again. I just wish that all bars and panels would hide when previewing the site (just have a floating button or discrete black bar at the top to go back to the design view)


#19

Like the new layout. Changes are in good direction however top bar can merge with left bar. It is a bit distracting to have it at the top. And bottom bar can be less tall as well.


#20

I think the top bar is very distracting, it has too much influence on the visual appearance of any site design. When on the left, this effect is much less noticeable. To see my site design without this visual weight, I have to click twice - once on the preview icon then once on the 'hide' icon. Even then, very light designs are visually influenced by the toggle icon.

The bottom bar is very useful.

Add panel was much more usable as a palette that could be kept open like a toolbox drawer.