Buttondown’s navigation has... not been ideal. For a long time.
The navigation itself has barely changed since it got set in stone in early 2017; you can see it in action (with slightly different CSS, and no dropdown menu) in a blog post from 2017!
I say it’s not ideal for a handful of reasons:
I’ve been meaning to take another stab at navigation for a while now: every time I add a new settings subpage or nested modal the situation grows a little more dire, and it is finally time to tear off the bandaid.
...Oh wow. That’s rather spare, isn’t it?
Let’s dive into these two new affordances.
As you might guess from the title of this heading, “omni-search” is a universal search bar. You can search for all sorts of things:
The search bar is fast, it is accessible, and it is always a keystroke away (just hit
This dropdown should look pretty similar to the old one, except with, well, more of it. Gone are the weird sub-navigation hierarchies: everything is just here.
I’m fairly sensitive to the fact that changing workflows and interfaces is onerous and painful. Adjustment takes time! This is a pretty opinionated interface, but it feels scalable in a way that the previous interface certainly was not. I apologize for whatever short-term friction this causes you, and please send me feedback if you’d like: I’m always open to methods for making Buttondown a better experience.