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Low Findability and Discoverability: Four Testing Methods to Identify the Causes
"Use IA- and UI-focused user research to determine if low findability and discoverability are caused by site information architecture or navigation design."
informationarchitecture  webdevelopment  userexperience  navigation  testing 
6 weeks ago by garrettc
Why Hover Menus Do Users More Harm Than Good
"Do you know how your hover menu is affecting users? Hover menus are a popular way to navigate. But the way they open can cause usability problems that most designers aren’t aware of. Before you settle on hover menus for your navigation, you should know how they affect users."
navigation  userexperience  webdevelopment  webdesign 
6 weeks ago by garrettc
Navigation drop-downs. Should they be hover or click?
Navigation drop-downs, or mega menus as they are sometimes dubbed, are becoming more and more common on the web. A drop-down menu is a navigation block which appears when a link is clicked (or hovered) - a good example of this can be found on the Plumpton College website. 
navigation  userexperience  webdevelopment  webdesign 
6 weeks ago by garrettc
Responsive Navigation Patterns
"Top and left navigations are typical on large screens, but lack of screen real estate on small screens makes for an interesting challenge. As responsive design becomes more popular, it’s worth looking at the various ways of handling navigation for small screen sizes. Mobile web navigation must strike a balance between quick access to a site’s information and unobtrusiveness."
webdesign  webdevelopment  navigation  userexperience  mobilefirst  bestpractice 
november 2018 by garrettc
Sticky, Smooth, Active Nav
"Just like the title says! Here's a sidebar navigation bar that... Uses sticky positioning. It stays on the screen when it can"
css  navigation  webdevelopment  webdesign 
august 2018 by garrettc
Solved with CSS! Dropdown Menus | CSS-Tricks
A common UI pattern that we see on the web are dropdown menus. They’re used to display related information in pieces, without overwhelming the user with buttons, text, and options. Somewhere that we see these a lot is inside of headers or navigation areas on websites. Let’s see if we can make one of these menus with CSS alone.
css  webdesign  navigation  userinterface  webdevelopment 
august 2018 by garrettc
HTML5 and jQuery Super Simple Drop Down Nav
Tutorials, guides, blogs and courses on Angular, TypeScript, JavaScript and front-end development.
webdevelopment  webdesign  userexperience  css  javascript  navigation  jquery  responsivedesign 
april 2018 by garrettc
Simple Responsive Navigation Menu
In this lab, we build a simple responsive navigation menu using HTML, CSS, and a bit of jQuery.
css  javascript  jquery  webdevelopment  navigation 
november 2017 by garrettc
Improvements to worldwide publishing
Great example of how focusing on user needs, and ignoring departmental silos. leads to an improved user experience.
govuk  gds  userexperience  navigation  webdesign  webdevelopment  research  pamoja 
july 2017 by garrettc
All Thumbs, Why Reach Navigation Should Replace the Navbar in iOS Design
The UINavigationBar, navbar for short, has been around since the original iPhone. Historically, navbars have been convenient and clear, easy to understand and easy to build. Then phones ballooned…
appdevelopment  ios  design  designpatterns  navigation 
june 2017 by garrettc
20 Useful CSS Snippets for Responsive Menus
You'll find CSS snippets for vertical and horizontal navs with dropdowns, slideouts and also some animated menu systems.
webdevelopment  navigation  webdesign  css  html  responsivedesign 
may 2017 by garrettc
A Spacial Model for Lossless Web Navigation – freeCodeCamp
"As a part of the Browser.html project, I’m working on a spatial model through various user interactions and animations. This should help users better understand what’s going on and how to navigate the web most effectively.

Users have developed certain behaviors and expectations we want to build upon. Instead of replacing existing workflows, we want to enhance them."
animation  navigation  userexperience  pamoja  timeline 
april 2017 by garrettc
Material Design and the Mystery Meat Navigation Problem
"Bottom navigation bars are a better alternative to the hamburger menu, so their addition into Material Design should be good news. But Google’s version of bottom navigation bars has a serious problem: mystery meat navigation."
userexperience  userinterface  pamoja  materialdesign  google  navigation  appdevelopment  webdevelopment  designthinking 
february 2017 by garrettc
Improve Website Usability With Effective Navigation Labels | Torchbox
There are few rights and lots of wrongs when it comes to developing effective website navigation labels. Here are a few guidelines to get you on the right path.
usability  navigation  webdevelopment  webdesign 
june 2016 by garrettc
Responsive Navigation Patterns
Some popular techniques for handling navigation in responsive designs.
css  mobile  navigation  webdesign  responsivedesign  bestpractice  uxoxford2012  oxdug2013 
february 2012 by garrettc
The Top 10 Articles on Wayfinding on
Collection of useful links on wayfinding and orientation.
wayfinding  navigation  signs 
january 2012 by garrettc
Novices Orienteer, Experts Teleport
"User expertise exists on two levels. If you’re an avid photographer, your domain expertise in photography will be quite high: that is, you’ll be familiar with the terms and techniques of the trade. Each of us is likely a domain expert in a few areas, and a complete novice in others. A second aspect is technical expertise. Familiarity with how computers, the internet, and search engines work significantly impacts how users seek information."
wayfinding  userexperience  search  userinterface  navigation  psychology 
may 2011 by garrettc
Why Hover Menus Do Users More Harm Than Good
Even as a 'professional' level user I find hover menus annoy the crap out of me.
userexperience  interface  userinterface  menu  navigation  research 
march 2011 by garrettc
Old News about Icons
"While icon images are learned, icon positions are learned faster. People remember a function by where it lives in 2D space more than by what the art is."
usability  interface  userinterface  navigation  icon 
june 2009 by garrettc
Product navigation at
Interesting way of moving through a catalogue using a psuedo 3d effect to drill deeper into the hirearchy.
shopping  navigation  inspiration  javascript  ecommerce 
may 2009 by garrettc
Designing for Faceted Search
"Essentially, faceted search has become so ubiquitous that users are not only getting used to it, they are coming to expect it."
search  navigation  usability  webdesign  userinterface  taxonomy  informationarchitecture  facet 
may 2009 by garrettc
Previous and Next Actions in Web Forms
"Among designers, there are often discussions on the placement of actions in web forms that span several web pages."
userexperience  userinterface  workflow  forms  navigation 
january 2009 by garrettc
Think about paths instead of hierarchies
"A path is a line that goes from a starting point A to an accomplishment B. Each customer who comes to the site doesn’t care about the overall structure. They care about getting from A to B. That’s a path."
37signals  design  development  navigation  process  structure  usability  informationarchitecture  tips 
may 2008 by garrettc
Displaying previous/next thumbnails for image nodes
The elegance and abundance of solutions to development issues in drupal never ceases to amaze me.
drupal  navigation  userexperience 
may 2007 by garrettc
The Page Paradigm
"In my nine years of working on the Web's user experience, a lot has changed online - but one thing that hasn't changed much is the way that users navigate websites." - Mark Hurst
hci  informationarchitecture  interaction  interface  layout  navigation  research  userinterface  usability  webdevelopment 
march 2007 by garrettc
24 ways: Centered Tabs with CSS
Nice little tutorial from Ethan Marcotte. A variation on Doug Bowman's Sliding Door's method using inline elements instead of floats, allowing you to center the navigation.
code  css  design  howto  html  layout  menu  navigation  tab  webdevelopment  technique 
december 2005 by garrettc
The 8 Types of Navigation Pages
"As we’ve watched users search for their desired content, we’ve realized there are patterns to the pages we see. We’ve started to catalogue these patterns and have concluded there are essentially 8 types of pages a user can run into, when searching"
content  design  ia  layout  text  usability  navigation  patterns  webdevelopment 
december 2005 by garrettc
Comparison Between Left and Right justified Site Navigation Menus
The usability of two Web page layouts was directly compared: one with the main site navigation menu on the left of the page, and one with the main site navigation menu on the right.
UserInterface  userexperience  research  navigation  webdevelopment 
september 2005 by garrettc
GUUUI - Navigation blindness
Studies seem to show that users ignore pervasive navigation areas, focusing instead on in content links.
userinterface  userexperience  navigation  webdevelopment 
february 2005 by garrettc

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