I read in Designing Visual Interfaces by Kevin Mullet that 3D buttons afford the possibility of being clicked or pressed by the user. After being mindful of this for some time, I noticed that I feel compelled to click when the mouse hovering presses the button down.
Hovering press examples
Example of a menu popping forward to afford the possibility of pressing,
Does the menu popping forward afford the possibly of "press here" to you? I'm trying to lessen the user's cognitive load and make the experience as pleasurable and usable as possible. Do you think the buttons on http://hemakessites.com/nav are more effective? On the flip side of things, Jakob Nielsen says people generally perceive animation as "cheap." Maybe I'd be better off using the solid, hefty navigation at http://usability.gov/basics/index.html (with no roll-over or click effects).
Users for my website will be people who want to buy need finding, usability tests, design reviews, information or visual design.
Designing Visual Interfaces by Kevin Mullet
Jakob Nielsen recommends Designing Visual Interfaces here, http://www.useit.com/books/visualbooks.html
Whitney Hess recommends Designing Visual Interfaces as well as a great list of starter UX books here, http://whitneyhess.com/blog/2009/06/30/so-you-wanna-be-a-user-experience-designer-step-1-resources/