Articles

Topic: Navigation

Mobile First Is NOT Mobile Only

July 24, 2016

Mobile-navigation patterns make navigation unusable on the desktop and decrease its use. Porting an unchanged UI to a different platform hurts UX.

Centered Logos Hurt Website Navigation

July 10, 2016

Getting back to the homepage is about 6 times harder when the logo is placed in the center of a page compared to when it’s in the top left corner.

Tabs, Used Right

July 9, 2016

12 design guidelines for tab controls to distinguish tabs from site navigation and address click uncertainty.

“Learn More” Links: You Can Do Better

December 13, 2015

The phrase ‘Learn More’ is increasingly used as a crutch for link labels. But the text has poor information scent and is bad for accessibility. With a little effort, transform this filler copy into descriptive labels that help users confidently predict what the next page will be.

List Thumbnails on Mobile: When to Use Them and Where to Place Them

December 6, 2015

Decide whether and where to display thumbnails for list items based on the images’ importance relative to associated text, on whether images will be displayed for all list items, and on whether the small images are recognizably different from each other.

Navigation: You Are Here

October 25, 2015

You-are-here navigation consists of signs that help orient website visitors as they explore the site. Many websites need stronger location indicators.

4 iOS Rules to Break

July 19, 2015

Page control (dots), Submit at top, and the Plus (+) and Move icons are 4 common iOS patterns that cause usability problems in testing.

Banish the Hamburger Menu, Adopt Pizza Menus

April 1, 2015

Today we announce a vastly superior menu design that scales to both mobile devices and desktops and supports faster access to custom menu elements, thus overcoming two key deficiencies of current hamburger-menu designs.

Top 3 IA Questions about Navigation Menus

January 4, 2015

The number and order of navigation categories, and use of hover menus for touchscreens are frequently asked questions that arise when organizing information on a website or application.

A Link is a Promise

December 14, 2014

The words in a link label make a strong suggestion about the page that is being linked to. The destination page should fulfill what the anchor text promises.

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