Balanced navigation systems

June 5, 2008

“The trick to designing navigation systems is to balance the advantages of flexibility wth the dangers of clutter. In a large, complex web site, a complete lack of lateral and vertical navigation aids can be very limiting. On the other hand, too many navigation aids can bury the hierarchy and overwhelm the user. Navigation systems should be designed with care to complement and reinforce the hierarchy by providing added context and flexibility.”

From: Morville, Peter and Rosenfeld, Louis (2002), Information Architecture for the World Wide Web – 2nd edition, Sebastopol: O’Reilly, p. 111-2

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