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:

enter image description here

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?

  • Couldn't you simply remove the "Menu" field and move "File" up?
    – Alvaro
    Commented Jan 11, 2017 at 18:46
  • I thought about that but then it wouldn't align well with the breadcrumb bar. Maybe that isn't a big deal? I could always make the breadcrumb bar taller so that its the same size as the side bar boxes. But I thought that would be too big. Commented Jan 11, 2017 at 18:52

3 Answers 3


Some ideas:

  • Logo / Brand name
  • Remove "Menu" and make the breadcrumb smaller, so it doesn't suggest some relation with "File"


I don't think you need the space at all.

enter image description here


Your app's icon or company logo.

Clicking it should take the user to screen the "Home" link does.

Using your icon or logo will re-enforce your brand and appear natural to the user.

  • In this case "Home" is relative to which ever work flow is selected from the side bar. The application doesn't really have a traditional "Home" screen. Commented Jan 11, 2017 at 18:57
  • The link location being relative would be preferred, however having it non-clickable would also be acceptable.
    – jColeson
    Commented Jan 11, 2017 at 19:01

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.