I am in the process of prototyping an application for delivering news content. Our first platform will be the iPad (along with web) but other tablets will follow.
Decomposing the application into it's more simplest form, user will want to
- Choose categories
- Be presented with the stories of the chosen category.
We are considering two possible ways of designing this:
- Have a horizontal, scrollable strip on top with all the categories, and fill the rest of screen real-estate with stories content.
- Have a vertical sidebar on the right side of the tablet (cause most people hold the tablet with the left hand and use the right to do stuff) that's normally hidden but can be exposed by touching a button on the top-right corner.
We want the whole UX to be a natural process but don't really want to go the Flipboards way (flipping pages etc).
So what do you think? Which one of the two would you chose? Do you have any other suggestions?
Thanks a lot!
UPDATE I found this article to cover much of the information I was looking for. http://uxmovement.com/navigation/top-navigation-vs-left-navigation-which-works-better/