Having said that, and seeing others attempting to showcase alternatives… here’s a go at it.
Nice work! The current design/test is really focused on seeing what happens when the eight sites are dramatically more visible and explicit than they were, but I would love to test some of these ideas out as well.
I really wonder why there is no option to search on all marketplaces.
Great question and observation. Global search (an “All” option) is exactly what the hub needs, but this isn’t something we could drop in without the expertise of the search team, who are obviously quite busy. We elected to test the hub without, watch the usage and re-consider the priorities later.
The main menu background colour should change for each marketplace!
If you look carefully in the video I linked to, that was our original design It felt really jarring as a first step, and we ran into contrast issues on VH and AJ where the brand colours are lighter. Definitely something we can revisit and test!