Thank's for the feedback. As a user of many template clubs I scrutinize all the templates from all the major clubs. In general most clubs tend to lag behind compared to what's being done by the UX guys in silicon valley. The reason I keep coming back to Shape5 is because your templates are the most advanced on the market, especially in terms of module positions.
Those joomla template clubs that are starting to omit search all completely, are creating templates for brochure style sites. While Joomla can of course do this, those type of templates are leaving out most of what Joomla and its extensions are capable of. Those Shape5 templates that do have have login and search included in the header area, place one or both on a separate line from the main menu. That's OK sometimes. But the trend is towards single strip headers that included logo, menu, search, and login. See. Houzz.com https://www.airbnb.com/
Ideally what should be included in the header area, is an option for a two level or one level header strip, depending on the amount of menu links a site is using. For the two strip option, once users scroll up the arrangement should adjust into one strip as elegantly as in this example from Business Insider. www.Businessinsider.com
However that is not the only way to approach this usability issue. On www.houzz.com
you will see the lengths they have gone to to make sure Logo, Menu, Search and Login are all in one line on the header strip. While they currently get over the need for more menu's by having a seperate menu below, they actually used to use the mega menu system pioneered by Amazon. See this article on Mashable.com about Amazon's megamenu system. http://mashable.com/2013/03/07/amazon-smooth-drop-down-menus/
. This is something that has yet to be introduced by any Joomla Template Club. Since you are also the first to introduce Mashable style full width menu's perhaps you could achieve another first by introducing the Amazon style menu to Joomla also.
Speaking of Mashable and responsive design. I have noticed that many blog sites such as Mashable and Techcrunch are now going for 1440px or 1366px widths on desktop screens due to high resolutions that are no common. See here. http://www.w3schools.com/browsers/browsers_display.asp
that now exist. And then using responsive design to accommodate 1280 1084 and smaller screens. And the truth is that even with the increased use of tablets and phones many Joomla sites serving business and professionals content are still accessed from desktop computers most of the time. So there is no need to design for 1280 and 1084 desktops anymore as these widths often part of the responsive adjustments of the template. Therefore in the wider sites that are now possible there is no problem fitting Logo Menu Search and Login onto one strip.
Then we get to the responsiveness issue. I don't think the approach Shape5 is using for responsiveness of the header area is very good, so I would suggest the following approach.
On Mobile Phones
1) Place the Logo and Login/Register Modules in the very top area.
2) Below that have a navigation strip that includes the mobile icon and search module position (i.e a real search position that allows any search module to be included.
3) a) Have the menu icon reveal a sliding out side menu, that includes either the current tree menu or ideally a a sliding out accordion menu.
b) Instead of having a mobile menu icon and search box on the same line, have search only on one strip and then allow another strip to appear below that contains a dropping down accordian menu when the site is accessed via a mobile phone or tablet.
Nextendweb.com is the current state of the art for accordion menu's in Joomla. http://www.nextendweb.com/accordion-menu/
Offlajn.com is the current state of the art in Login and Search modules. Being able to include these in a Joomla site greatly increases the functionality of the site, so any template club that allows for this rather than forcing users to use their own login, search and mobile menu features is doing its users a big favour.
If you go for a slide out menu, their should be an option for the menu icon to replace the main menu once tablet size or 1280 size is reached.
It's fine for the search and login modules to wrap around the main menu on 1280 widths say, as long as the z-index for that whole header area is higher that any module positions below it. But since this can affect the clickability of any module below (i.e in a section with a lower z-index), perhaps it would be better for the logo, search and login to wrap above the menu as the screen approaches tablet size . (if that is possible). and then continue in this upper position all the way to mobile size at which point suggestion 2 above would effectively result.
Spillover Mega Menu Accordian Menu Combination:
Another type of menu I would like to see, but has not been invented, is what I would call a Spillover Mega Menu or a Mega Menu Accordian menu combination.
In such a menu you would have the first few menu links visible in the header, any additional menus would be shown on a drop down accordion. That way the most important menu's would be immediately visible, and the rest could be accessed via an menu icon that opens and accordion menu. This would adjust well to mobile as the main menu would disappear while the menu icon remains. This could be implemented by including a small menu icon to the immediate right of the main menu position that allows the user to open a module containing a accordion menu. The accordion menu should be able to select exactly which links in a menu are displayed. This link selection feature is already included in the accordion menus of Nextendweb. http://www.nextendweb.com/accordion-menu/
. So you would not have to design such an advanced accordion menu system yourselves. You could just include a real module position inside the menu icon feature, whether this icon is used for mobile, tablet or included in a desktop size menus. Now when I think about it this almost already possible, simple by adding a menu that says other and then included a module in the drop down that contains a accordian menu. But this would look alot better and improve usability if there was the option to have a menu icon as an option in the mega menu. Infact that seems like the most elegant solution to the problem of lack of space on the header strip.
So mobile slideout trees and accordian's desktop spillover accordians is the way to go.This would allow room for search and login to be included in a single header strip no matter how wide or how many menu and submenus links are included in the desktop version of a site. And it would also improve the mobile and tablet layouts too. If you could retrofit there features to you recent designs. you would have the best usibilty of any template club in the Joomlaverse. All it takes is an added search or login module in the header strip and optional mobile menu icon in the main menu.