First up, I really love webflow, the idea behind it and your passion for this product - keep it up!
I tested the new styles panel beta while working on a new project. I like that the design gets a little more modern but I feel like its putting looks over functionality on a few specific parts.
The dropdowns - I actually switched back to the old version of the style panel just because of this change. Having dropdowns instead of simple buttons is a pain for me. Having to click twice really slows me down while working. If I misclick the wrong dropdown item, which sometimes happens , I have to click 4 times to change one setting.
I understand that you might have done it because you wanted to label the option for easier understanding. It’s a good idea but in my opinion, it could be done better. Maybe implement a switch where users can switch between buttons with just the icons or a dropdown with labels beside the icons. Beginners would maybe use the labels while getting familiar with the style panel and more advanced users would have an advanced option that simplifies the style panel by removing labels and giving quick access to everything without having a description beside it.
That way it might be easier for beginners to learn and become familiar with webflow and offer a quicker workflow for advanced users as well.
State switching - I know this isn’t new to the style panel beta but it’s a wish I had for a long time now. It’s another example of the issue I addressed before this. To change a state of an element (hover, active, …), you have to open a little dropdown every time. I would love to see this become a list of buttons, something like the old display buttons. That way it would be quicker to change between states.
Style Panel Navigation - As new functions are getting added, the style panel gets bigger and bigger. You already provide navigation for the panel tabs, that lets you change to the interactions panel, the element settings, and so on. I would love to have a vertical navigation menu for the styles panel. I’m not a big fan of scrolling up and down the styles panel all the time, so a little vertical navigation bar with buttons, that quickly scrolls you to a specific group of functions would be nice and time-saving.
If I have more feedback or ideas for the new style panel, I will update this post.
Hope you can take something out of it.
Either way, webflow is a great product and you guys should continue the great work you are already doing. I think graphical user interfaces will replace all code in the future, so you’re on the right way.
Have a good one,
PS: If you want, I could provide you with some layouts of what I’m envisioning when I find the time. Helping great products like this one grow and become the best version it can be, is one of my greatest passions.