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The Holidays, Gingerbread Houses and Breadcrumbs in Website Navigation | Ayantek

The Holidays, Gingerbread Houses and Breadcrumbs in Website Navigation | Ayantek | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it

I love the holidays... I especially love the holiday baked goods… cakes and cookies and cupcakes and breads… wow! So the other day I was scanning a QR code promotion with my smartphone to win a free gingerbread house and of course that got me thinking about Hansel and Gretel. That old, Grimm tale got me thinking about breadcrumbs, which of course made me think of website architecture and proper planning for site navigation. Yes I’m kind of a geek like that…


Breadcrumbs and Site Navigation – the A >…> Z and everything in between.


Most websites employ the use of breadcrumbs in information architecture nowadays to help a site visitor know where he or she is relative to the home page and how they’ve gotten to where they are. I’m not talking about the Fairy Tale type of breadcrumb that birds can eat leaving you lost to get eaten by a evil cannibalistic witch, but breadcrumbs of the digital type. Still don’t know what I mean by breadcrumbs? They happen on lots of large ecommerce or content managed websites and they look something like this:


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A Guide to Creating User Friendly Website Navigation

A Guide to Creating User Friendly Website Navigation | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it

An often overlooked part of website design involves the creation and placement of a website’s navigational links. If your links are badly placed, your visitors may become frustrated and leave your website before ever finding your navigation. If your links are improperly labeled, your visitors may become hesitant to click the close button. Nevertheless, there are many ways to make your website’s navigation more user friendly to your visitors. Below are few useful suggestions to get you started.

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The Return of the Scroll

The Return of the Scroll | Ayantek's User Experience Design Digest | Scoop.it

The latest release of Apple’s eBook reading app called iBooks introduced a new navigation mode: the scroll. We’re all familiar with a scrolling interface, it’s what every Web browser uses to display pages on the Web, but until now, the interface used for eBooks was based on that of pages in a book, with the user having to click a button or tap/swipe the screen to move backwards and forward in the text.

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