We updated FeedBear's design and overall experience to improve the productivity and happiness of those who use it – our valuable customers and their valuable users.
As FeedBear's features grew with our customers' needs, the navigation and other action elements became scattered through the workspace. To name a few problems – the search button was appearing only on certain pages, navbar items changed based on the current page. On the engineering side, there were many unnecessary or lazily used libraries that contributed to slow page loads.
Summary of the changes
Navigation: Persistent search bar
Navigation: All items in one row, until they fit
Navigation: Items are the same on every page (duh!)
Navigation: Added breadcrumbs to pages on depth level 2 and more
Navigation: Separated project switch from the user menu
Roadmap: Added feedback boards on the project homepage. This eliminates the previous "Where does your feedback fit the best?" page. Users can now jump directly to their board of interest.
Boards: Improved filter/sort bar, moved tags filter next to the others
Posts: URLs now contain a simplified version of the title. When the title changes, the URL also changes, but the old URLs keep working (redirecting to the current one). Old URLs with the ID still work.
Posts: Attachments can now be added by drag&drop or pasted from the clipboard
Posts: Attachments can now be added to the comments
Posts: Attachments show as a preview instead of the file name
Settings: Added email notification preferences to Personal settings
Changelog: Improved scheduling/saving as draft/publishing workflow
Changelog: Added default label color swatches in addition to the custom picker
Overall visual cleanup: Unified spacing, font sizes, colors, buttons, etc.
If you have any issues or ideas, as always, let me know at firstname.lastname@example.org or press the chat button in the bottom right corner. There are a few more updates coming this year, so stay tuned!