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The simple fact that "everybody" put the avatar in top-right means it's a well stablished convention. Don't worry about it. As your design has a side navigation, you can trace a parallel to Google's Material Design: it has a side navigation with a prominent user avatar in top left: https://www.google.com/design/spec/layout/structure.html#structure-side-nav


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Is there a behavioral or psychological benefit to placing the identity control in the top-right? Reading Gravity - Top-right is a 'strong fallow' area Various models that describe reading gravity (for languages that read left-to-right) make the top-right a 'strong fallow' area. So it's not a primary location in the reading/scanning process, but it gets ...



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