My revised “Single Artist” view for Google Music: it allows for better horizontal navigation across albums and artists

Stretching Google Material to make better desktop navigation

The current Google Music navigation structure, from library to song
A sampling of Google Music’s current desktop screens (June 2016). Lots of white space
An older version of iTunes (left), and a newer version (right, June 2016). Plenty of persistent navigation

All Artists view

The current Google Music “All Artists” view (June 2016). Lots of circles, and, strangely, floating labels
Potential versions of artist cards. Square is too close to albums, and circles introduce visual noise and white space.
My mocked up “all artists” view. Tweaks abound, including a NEW (Dec 2016) update to the header, baking in the group categories in to the header.

Single Artist view

The “Single Artist” view, after selecting an artist from the left nav. This is the same image that appears at the beginning of the post.
Elevation points for UI element types, from the Google Material page on elevation
Examples of Material Design already stretching to include navigation and content at the same elevation

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Alex Couch's portfolio

I'm a Product Designer in San Francisco. These samples include professional work as well as my personal projects. bit.ly/couch-linkedin