I am currently working on a new UI design for an existing desktop application. Being mobile/touch friendly is very important for this project, so I am replacing the tradition desktop "File" menu with a touch friendly side bar design. So far, this is what I have:
The side bar allows you to navigate between various workflows in the application. The breadcrumb trail at the top shows where you are in your selected workflow, and allows you to quickly navigate to any previous step.
My question is, what should I do with the area where the side bar, and the breadcrumb trail intersect? I currently just have the word "Menu" there referring to the side bar. However, I can't help but feel that I am wasting space here. Is there a better way I can combine a side bar with a breadcrumb trail so I don't waste space where they intersect?