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Venus Design System 2.0: UI updates for enhanced user productivity

Austin ChenOct 06, 20235 min read

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Introducing Venus Design System 2.0

In our relentless pursuit of delivering a seamless user experience for our users, we understand the importance of continuous improvement and iteration to achieve that goal. That’s why we’re thrilled to share our Venus Design System updates, focused on enhanced user productivity and accessibility. As you may recall, we chose Venus, like the Roman goddess of beauty and love. It is the visual expression of our love and care for our customers. 

In this blog, we'll dive into the recent user interface (UI) updates for the content manager screens, taking you behind the scenes of the standardization of design components, user navigation, improved spacing, icon enhancements, and more. Buckle up as we explore these changes that will elevate your experience with our platform.

UI elements & styling enhancements

Refreshed cards on Stacks homepage

These UI updates create a visually appealing and more informative card interface. You will find it easier to navigate and gain deeper information about each Stack.

  • New background colors, icons, and sectioned design

  • Improved text spacing for readability

  • Added total user count per Stack

  • Tooltips when hovering for truncated Stack names

Enhanced accessibility

Our accessibility improvements make the app more user-friendly and inclusive. Users with varying needs will experience enhanced readability, easier interaction, and consistent icon behavior, promoting a more accessible and enjoyable experience.

  • Tooltips when hovering

  • Updated fonts and spacing for headings (H1, H2, H3)

  • Larger action buttons for improved navigation

  • Standardized family of icons for greater cohesion

  • Icons now function as buttons with primary, secondary, and tertiary states

Updated user login experience

These updates to our user login page introduce a more user-centric and efficient login experience, promoting ease of use, clarity, and an aesthetically pleasing interface.

  • Updated user flow for login via SSO, now with buttons instead of tabs

  • Validation messages are now shown below the text input fields

  • The “Submit” buttons will be disabled until the validation passes


Navigation & layout improvements

Updated Entry & Asset List UIs

The updated tabs components provide a more focused and efficient way to navigate through both the App's Entry & Asset List UIs, making it easier to switch between sections and find exactly what you need.

  • New toggle navigation between Content Types and Labels tab

  • Enhanced table filtering, which is now easily identifiable with a filter icon.

  • Added pagination on the Entry List page

  • Table resize functionality

  • Added collapse/expand functionality for the left-hand side menu


Table management and custom views

With more organized and user-friendly table management, you can customize the table view and manipulate tables more easily, reducing frustration and errors.

  • Improved table filtering with an identifiable filter icon

  • Enhanced column management with functionality to freeze/unfreeze columns in table view

  • Updated asset cards in the thumbnail view

  • Improved spacing of asset results with a 4-grid or 8-grid view to prevent element misalignment


Icon, button & alert refinements

Removed icons for action buttons in pop-up modules

Removing distracting icons on non-destructive action buttons allows you to focus on the task without unnecessary visual clutter, leading to a cleaner and more efficient user experience.

Entry Editor

These icon and text field changes enhance visual clarity and consistency, making creating and editing Entries easier, resulting in a more user-friendly content management experience.

  • Cosmetic change of icons in entry outline from solid fill to stroke family icon

  • Outlined border of the text field when you hover over a content block in the entry editor


The defined alert colors help you quickly identify different types of alerts, reducing confusion and improving overall user communication within the app.

  • Defined 4 new colors for different alerts 

    • Information: blue

    • Messaging: red, amber, gray


What's on the way?

In conclusion, our recent efforts to revamp our app's UI through Venus Design System 2.0 signify a pivotal moment in our commitment to delivering an exceptional user experience. The Venus redesign was just the beginning of this journey, and we're thrilled to see how this innovative design system is already making a positive impact. By meticulously auditing all app screens and implementing audit-suggested changes, we ensure a consistent and streamlined interface across the board.

This initiative is more than just an update; it's a testament to our unwavering dedication to our customers' app experience. As we refine and evolve our UI, we're excited to see how these changes will empower you to navigate our app effortlessly and enjoy a more satisfying digital journey. Stay tuned for more exciting developments of our platform’s developer screens, and thank you for being part of our ongoing transformation.

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