Ways of differentiating workspace tabs from menus and buttons

The bane of a flat UI is that it’s not intuitive to a new user like a more skeumorphic UI is. For example, which is which here:


I switched the text around from the way it appears in Blender. Did you notice that? Can you tell me what is a button, what is a tab and what is a menu from that picture? :slight_smile:

So I know that context matters, and the missing context here is the layout, but I know that to some users it’s not apparent where the menus end and the tabs begin here:


Now, every experienced Blender user is going to jump down my throat, so I’ll stop pointing out what you already learned long ago, and go straight to my suggestion:

I think workspaces should have an icon.

Or something. Anything to differentiate them better.

I knocked these icons out in less than 30 minutes, so I know they’re horrible, but I just wanted to get the discussion started.


Maybe it doesn’t even have to be icons. Maybe just numbers? A dot? A better border?

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Looks good to me, there was Screen Tabs addon for 2.79 what changed workspace to be more like 2.80 and allowed user to pick icons, this was my setup:

This seems to be more of default 2.80 dark theme issue, with flatty light tabs in 2.80 are more distinct:

It’s much better in custom themes though (modified red platinum from devtalk theme thread):

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