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I'm looking for a high-level navigation design pattern that will also show the current navigational state. (Ex: Dashboard, invoices, settings, etc...) I am currently planning on using an accordion menu and breadcrumbs, but this seems really clunky. Anyone know of a good way to combine these? Other suggestions?

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Could you please clarify what you mean by "current state": location in the app, items the user already filled out, etc. –  Anna Rouben Sep 6 '12 at 17:12
    
(Edited the question a bit.) I mean showing where the user currently is in the application / what page they're on. –  Loren Rogers Sep 6 '12 at 17:15

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Perhaps an interactive breadcrumb? Lonely Planet does a good job of making the breadcrumb more useful by combining it with menu options. enter image description here

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Interesting! I hadn't thought to make the breadcrumb more interactive. +1 –  Loren Rogers Sep 10 '12 at 2:22
    
It's a useful technique in some situations. Cranfield University is another example that springs to mind - there are more. som.cranfield.ac.uk/som/p10666/Research/Events –  Matt Obee Sep 10 '12 at 8:15
    
Thanks for the other example -- it's way better than the Lonely Planet one. I like the auto-drop down. –  Loren Rogers Sep 10 '12 at 14:01
    
This is the design I ended up using. Marked as accepted. (I'd love to hear more thoughts though!) –  Loren Rogers Sep 24 '12 at 17:55

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