Quite recently, we redesigned our whole application. FYI, below you'll see the old and the new design:
Very short summary of what you'll see:
- The top toolbar shows all the actions that can be performed
- The part in the red rectangle shows the file of a person you are currently looking at
- The left side of the screen (the table with icons) shows all the actions that previously have been created and are associated with the person marked in the red rectangle
- The right side of the screen shows a preview with the most important information associated with the currently selected action
Now, I'd like to focus your attention on the part that is highlighted by the red rectangle. This is quite important information to our users, because it tells them whose file they are looking at.
I feel like in the old application design, this blended in quite well, because there was very little padding or margin throughout the application.
However, in the new design, I feel like it looks ugly and I am wasting space.
The question is; what can I do with the part highlighted by the red rectangle? What are some alternative designs? What do you guys think of it (maybe I am overcomplicating)?
P.S. The reason this information cannot be displayed in the preview, is because when you switch tabs, you'll no longer know whose file you are looking at. Not all tabs display the preview.