Labels is quite a common feature, in note taking app, for categorizing notes.
Most of the note taking app in the markets, will place labels selection in hamburger navigation bar. For instance, this is how Google Keep looks like
I can understand why they want to design so. I think the main reason is that, the designer doesn't want Label navigation controls to take away screen estate, from main notes display.
However, it also comes with shortcoming. Navigating various labels is not easy, as they are hidden inside hamburger menu. User need to first open up navigation menu by tapping on hamburger icon, before able to navigate list of Labels.
I tried to choose a new design, by placing labels on horizontal tabs.
So far, after distributing to 20,000 people, most users appreciate this design. They rated the app as 4.8/5. They have confirmed tabs design, make navigation across labels much more easier.
However, tab design comes with shortcoming too.
When you have a huge list of labels (Says 10), having to scroll horizontal tabs to locate the desired label, becomes cumbersome.
Proposed solution idea
One of the improvement I can think of is that, when user tap on current active tab, a dialog will pop up, which allow user to see a list of labels. When user taps on the desired label, he will directly "jump" to the desired label tab page.
But, such UX is not easy to be discovered!
Do you have any idea how we can further improve this horizontal tab design?
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