I currently have a vertical accordion in my design that is working for me. I have a potentially large number of top level items that I can load on-demand, and each accordion section has probably 10 items. Each of these items has the ability to dragged into the middle of the page. It's like a workspace, think Visio.
However, its going to take up more room than I'd like, and it doesn't work so well for mobile so I'm looking a different idea. I could just turn the accordion horizontal, put it at the top of the workspace, and get going but this doesn't seem like a good experience either. Are there any alternatives? Maybe two levels of horizontal items, you select one from the first, and another row loads below to show the sub level items. Any alternative ideas would be welcome.
Update: Example of my two-tier idea. The scroll bars wouldn't actually be there, but it would be a swipe left and right scrolling idea. You would select say Section 5, then the next row would load and you could scroll through that and then drag one of the SubItems onto the workspace below.