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Navigation & Interaction, Vol. 2 by Smashing Magazine

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Efficiently Simplifying Navigation, Part 2: Navigation Systems

By Anastasios Karafillis

How do we make navigation as simple and predictable as possible? As explained in part 1, the first two steps are to structure content in a way that naturally narrows the navigation options, and to explain those options in a way that minimizes the cognitive load on users.

However, two more steps are required — namely, to choose the right type of navigation menu, and then to design it. The second part of this series addresses the third step and discusses which type of navigation menu is best suited to which content.

A navigation menu is any area of an interface that presents navigation options to enable users to find content on the website. This excludes, for example, ...

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