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Navigation & Interaction, Vol. 2 by Smashing Magazine

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Efficiently Simplifying Navigation, Part 1: Information Architecture

By Anastasios Karafillis

Navigation, as crucial as it is to the user experience, is merely a means to an end — the end being to consume content. This is why users have very contrasting expectations about content and navigation. While content is supposed to be unique, surprising and exciting, navigating to it is supposed to be as simple and predictable as possible.

This is a four-step guide to efficiently simplifying the navigation experience, by analyzing the type and amount of content as well as choosing and carefully designing the right type of navigation menu.

Four Steps To The Ideal Navigation System

To build a usable navigation system, a website designer has to answer four questions, ...

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