Currently, I have the following legacy holo app.

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In navigation drawer, please note that on the right NEW icon. When user clicks on the icon, they can either add new Watchlist, or new Portfolio.

So far, I would say the usability is pretty good. At least, I never receive support request, on how to add new Watchlist, or new Portfolio.

Recently, we are in the progress of migrating holo app to material app.

Here's my initial design.

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Although I try to use

  1. Different fonts for label WATCHLIST and PORTFOLIO
  2. All CAP case.
  3. Add a + text.

I still doesn't feel the labels are clickable. At least, compared to previous holo design, new users are more difficult to figure out how to add new Watchlist & new Portfolio.

Any suggestion, how I can further improve the design?

p/s Please take note that, having colorful short line above the label, is idea originated from Google Now :)

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2 Answers 2


The convention I see most option in Google mobile apps is this:

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    Thanks. Can you provide me a "role model" app? As, so far, most of the app I encounter, are having read-only item in navigation drawer. I don't see much good examples, of able to create new item via navigation drawer. Commented Sep 23, 2015 at 16:36
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    Take at the sidebar menu in Google Inbox Commented Sep 23, 2015 at 18:14

By using margin, dividers, and icons.

Check this out:

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