I am trying to design a navigation system for users researching entities. This is what you see when you arrive at a page for a particular entity - basic info, plus a whole load of different expandable research options, such as history, people etc, each with a small preview of the information available.
My question is what to do when the user clicks on one of these research options. My overall goals are:
- to show the user more information quickly
- to keep the various options in place, so the user can still switch between them
- to keep the top-level info in place, so that the user can sensibly deep-link to any of the options for the entity, e.g.
The way I have done this is to collapse the different options, and treat them as tabs.
But the problem is that having tabs in a multi-level grid seems a bit strange. (Also, when there are 5 or 7 tabs, as there sometimes will be, it'll be even stranger.)
Do you think this works okay, or can anyone suggest a better way to do things? Maybe a carousel instead of a grid?