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Vitaly Friedman's Notebook: A Study of Website Navigation Methods

A Study of Website Navigation Methods
  » Mar 3, 08:31 PM

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In the beginning of 2005 Fidelity Investments, a web-design-agency based in Boston, has conducted a study of Website Navigation Methods. Aiming to find an effective approach to finding an optimal design solution, company has used an online study to evaluate six different navigation methods for the same website and chose one based on the results.

After evaluating the pros and cons, we decided to choose the Drop-down menus as our navigation method. A subsequent lab-based usability test of the complete prototype using the drop-down menus showed that users were able to use it to navigate the site very effectively. For more information about that usability test, and the entire context of the redesign, see the related paper at UPA 2005 on "Extreme Makeover: UI Edition" (PDF). This process shows the impact of gathering usability data to support your user interface design choices.

Found at The WebDesign Blog

Do you have any suggestions on other researches on Website Navigations Methods? What do you think? What kind of navigation do you prefer?

  » Web-development, @ Mar 3, 08:31 PM


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