Subtask navigation back to parent task

  1. When inside of a subtask, specifically in Board view, the UI element that lets you go back to the parent task seems to indicate that you are going deeper into a hierarchy, rather than going back up one level to the parent task. The arrow next to the parent task’s card points to the right, and in most cases I think think it would make more sense to display it like this: “< [Parent Task Name]” rather than “[Parent Task Name] >”.

  1. It would be helpful to have some kind of visual indicator that you are inside of a subtask Board view, as opposed to viewing the parent task. Perhaps a border or a banner, or even a breadcrumb element or navigator element.


I don’t agree with you, “>” is the typical indicator of a breadcrumb, and anything on the left is higher in the hierarchy, isn’t it?

You did mention breadcrumb, but you don’t seem to consider what’s currently on the screen to be one?


@Bastien_Siebman is right; the accepted standard UX for breadcrumbs is:

Top level > upper level > next lower level > etc.

This is how Asana has implemented it, so that’s correct.

However, the thing that is somewhat non-standard is that they put each entry on its own line. I imagine they did that because the width of the task detail pane is not that wide. Still, I think it adds some cognitive friction and IMO causes one to have to stop and think about that element, if even for a second or two, which is not great.

From the gold standard of UX design (they’re talking about mobile but it still applies generally):


@Bastien_Siebman I think what @Phil_Seeman mentioned about the breadcrumb format here wrapping onto a second line is what is throwing me off. Also, I usually only go one level deeper than the top-level task, so to me, the “[parent task name] >” felt more like a back arrow than a breadcrumb. I just did a quick test of a 4-level deep set of subtasks and that looks more intuitive and makes total sense.

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