How could it be clearer that users can access settings by clicking on their profile picture in the left navigation bar? People always have trouble finding this space.

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On desktop, some websites like dribbble have a hover effect on the profile image with an informative drop-down:

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    Thanks. I like the hover UX.
    – Sean
    Feb 21 at 22:26
  • Hover effects are a hidden affordance; this still requires people to interact with the element in order to figure out what it is there for. Better would be to add an explicit affordance, such as a text label.
    – Levano
    Feb 24 at 14:29

Same as with your other icons: add a label.

Profile pictures are commonly associated with the ability to edit your profile and/or user settings, and most people will discover this sooner or later. However, this is not always the case. Therefore, adding a label such as "My Profile" (since you're using "My" for other labels) should be enough.

  • Thank you. I may try this - only difficulty is that we may have other functions here unrelated to profile.
    – Sean
    Feb 21 at 22:26

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