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Laura Coughlan

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5 Principles of Navigation Design

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5 Principles of Navigation Design

1. Easy to understand

  • User should be able to independently assess what something links to
  • Dont assume your users will understand
  • Keep the design simple

2. Well Structured

  • Design for clarity - Information Architecture well designed
  • Your job is to organise and prioritise for the user
  • Humans can only process a certain amount of information at once

3. Familiarity

  • Dont depend on interaction Mystery meat = nav items that don't indicate their desitnation until interaction (usually by hovering)
  • It's bad for everyone, particularly with people using assistive technology
  • The nav is usually not a good place to get creative

4. Persistent, yet unobtrusive

  • The user should always know where they are.
  • It should be intuitive for the user to get where they need.
  • the primary nav shouldn't disappear or change

5. A guide, not a map

  • Don't just give the user options- help them choose.
  • Be wary of providing too many choices.
  • Your job is to set the priorities based on the user perspective

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