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A design journey
A journey along the creative landscape with stops for UX consumption
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A Showcase of Websites with Unusual Navigation

A Showcase of Websites with Unusual Navigation | A design journey | Scoop.it
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Navigation is the core of any web site, users must know where they are, where they should go and how to get there. So how to design intuitive navigation? Depending on previous experiences everyone has mental models, that is internal representations of how things work. And in order to make designs as usable as possible a safe bet is to go with navigation patterns that map these mental models. Consequently users will already know how to use the navigational elements at a glance. But, just because an existing pattern is easier to use the first time doesn't imply that a new pattern can't be even more easy to use after a period of adaptation. So don't be afraid to try unusual ways to design web navigation, just be careful, patient and listen to the users before launch.

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Exploration Of Single-Page Websites | Smashing Magazine

Exploration Of Single-Page Websites | Smashing Magazine | A design journey | Scoop.it
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Navigation is evolving aligned with new technologies and the multi-device landscape. Web sites show advanced behavior implemented by java script, html5 and flash. Global and hierarchically structured layouts are challenged by one page layouts, with a dynamic information surface that adapts according to the interaction with users. Sometimes it's great to have the Web site under control, never being sent to an unknown destination wondering "where am I", "where can I go from here" etc, but sometimes it can't get worse and instead it makes you wonder "where in the wild west can I find my information". I think architecture and interaction must be balanced according to the Web site's content and functionality in order to be usable. This article presents a few inspiring examples.

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Master mobile navigation | .net magazine

Master mobile navigation | .net magazine | A design journey | Scoop.it
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Mobile navigation can be a challenge due to all constraints of handheld devices, like small screens, touch screen interfaces and varying contexts of use. At the same time mobile design is far from defined and new ways of applying gesture based interaction develops rapidly as the medium adapts to the users. So it's not a simple mission to master the evolving field of mobile navigation. But this article might be a helpful piece along the way with guidelines and examples regarding the most common solutions right now.

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10 Tips How To Handle Responsive Navigation Menus Successfully - The Usabilla Blog

10 Tips How To Handle Responsive Navigation Menus Successfully - The Usabilla Blog | A design journey | Scoop.it
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Did you ever experience trouble navigating on a site because it's not optimized for the device you are using? I did, and I think it's the most important part of responsive design - to make sure that all components of navigation are suitable for mobile use. Content management and web site architecture make the information useful, logic and easy to find. But without a great navigation the user will never leave the first page anyway.

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