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'Contact Us' in Navigation bars

So looking at a particular site's analytics, you usually find 'Contact' very high on the list of destination page views. My question is... Do you think people expect 'contact us' to be the last ...
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Responsive Menu that has a LOT of menu items

We have a responsive menu that on mobile just shows the top level menu items (x8), but on desktop also shows hover drop drop downs with service areas within the parent menu item. The problem is we ...
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Visually distinguish an index versus a single view

I think I'm having a hard time pulling this off because no one has yet done a good job of this. Think of the home page of most blogs as the index, just a list of the latest blog posts. When you ...
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Removing main menu on large map page

I have a small map on my page, and want to allow the user to look at a larger version of it if a link is clicked. On this new page, the map will essentially be full screen, covering everything except ...
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Tabs, but no tab selected by default?

I am working on an view that allows you to define a list of matching criteria and then allows you to view various reports. This is what I have till now: Now, you would probably want to ask... if ...
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User navigation icons or text based

I am working on a web based hosted CRM personal project which I will release to public ones it is done. My goal is to create a CRM with absolutely zero to none learning or training requirement. To do ...
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Select as title vs. Tabs

I'm trying to decide between using a custom css select as a title versus using tabs on a page I'm working on. I drew up two wireframes below: 1. Using Tabs 2. Using Select As you can see, the ...
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minimalistic top navigation + huge footer = winning combination?

Ive seen a lot of very successful sites of big companies like mailchimp and others with minimalistic top navigations consisting of 3-5 buttons, but big footers where detailed navigation is located. ...
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Where should the user end up when clicking “Previous” or “Next” on a search result?

I´m having a discussion regarding how our site filter should work. The requirements has been the following: User enters the site and makes a search for eg. "jackets" Let´s say that we get 10 ...
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Website redesign how do you know how to organize the navigation structure?

I know this question is extremely broad but I would like to know the steps a UX'er would take in order to understand what content there is on a site and then how to organize this content in terms of ...
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mobile first design - main navigation placement & considering desktop users too

I'm considering placement of the main navigation for a responsive site in a thin sidebar similar to the navigation on Twitter's iPad app, as seen on the left. However with the icons and links ...
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Best way to add navigation for a site with lots of pages

I am designing a knowledge center site for a large consumer company. Currently there are more than 800 pages on the site that are all different. In order to navigate the site, we decided to go with ...
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Entity and State Based Navigation

Our web application is built around a single entity, say A. User creates A1. Then user can do a limited number of actions on A1. If one of this actions is taken by the user on A1, A1 changes to ...
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Shrinking down a grid to use as tab-like navigation?

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 ...
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How to best indicate navigation menu on mobile

What's the best way to indicate the navigation menu on mobile devices? I see this three-bar icon being used a lot, but do users really understand what it means? Wouldn't a button simply saying ...
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Thoughts on mobile 'matrix' style navigation?

What I mean by 'matrix' style is something along the lines of But could potentially be a multi-page menu as well (accessed by swiping left or right). I feel these designs try to mimic the iOS ...
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Are breadcrumbs still in?

Despite NNGroup's praise, I notice none of the big players (StackExchange, Facebook, Google, YouTube) use breadcrumbs. None of the big ecommerce players either. Why is this? Possible guesses: Users ...
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How shall I display my application version and contact details to the end user

The traditional approach for displaying application information to user is through Menu. User select Help > About and we display a popup displaying the details. Is there a better approach doing ...
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What's the reason behind fixed (position) navbars?

It's becoming almost customary for responsive designs to have fixed-position navbars, where the navbar is fixed to the top (usually, or even bottom sometimes) of the viewport of the browser. Don't ...
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Best Practice for Tab Placement on Widget?

Recently I have been working on restyling tabs on a widget. Some problems I have encountered during the restyle is our 960 grid system which with a side navigation included allows me a space of 12 ...
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Drawer Navigation vs. Drop Down Menus

Are there any studies on drawer type navigation such as: http://www.ibm.com/us/en/ where the navigation pushes down content, compared to traditional drop down menus where navigation covers up content? ...
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Is there a proper name for the accordion-like stacked panels?

Essentially, it's a collection of panels, stacked towards the top. Each can be expanded or collapsed on its own. When a header is expanded, the headers below it "stick" to its bottom. This is in ...
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How to choose the better placement for Sidebar: Left or Right?

I have a question about sidebar navigation. I am designing a web page for latest news and placed the sidebar (news navigation) on the right side. My logic was that "On the news page at first people ...
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Combine categories and tags in a blog-like website

This is a pretty specific question, but I really am not sure if it's the right way I'm thinking. It's about a music blog with lot's of different kind of articles that needs a better way of ...
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Arrows for Navigation/Menu/Expandables Misleading?

When a user visits a site they are presented with some sort of Navigation Structure. Typically the arrow is a standard convention that alerts a user that when this item is clicked an action will ...
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Why do we always need to integrate search with structure?

Jakob Nielsen posted in May 2009 an article called “Top 10 Information Architecture Mistakes” where he states that mistake no 2 is not having an integrated search with the structure of the site. I’ve ...
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Should we use ‘narrow and deep’ or ‘broad and shallow’ navigation pattern on mobile devices?

If we have a large content environment on a mobile device, we need some way to access that content with ease. One could implement a narrow and deep navigation pattern which gives the possibility for ...
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What's better than »More …« as a main navigation tab?

I am looking for a solution for the following problem: We have a horizontal main navigation showing some of the most important topics covered by the website and a tab called "All Topics". So far so ...
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“Back to Top” alternate wording?

Seems that a "Back to Top" button is helpful and useful — especially for mobile sites. However, on websites that want to come across as "classy", it may sound a little primitive. Personally, I ...
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Android: Back Button Only vs. Extra Navigation

General UX question for Android: Assume a simple view (activity or fragment) hierarchy, like so: A --> B. The transition from A to B is added to Android's back stack. On screen B, is it best to ...
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How to group together blog posts/articles?

What should be the general criteria to group together blog posts/articles..?? I have just two ideas in my mind: One - To group by date of publishing.. Two - To group by category.. On what type of ...
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Validation / Dirty Flag: should we force users to fix invalid entries before they move to another screen in the software?

Scenario: User makes a series of entries in text fields on a page that requires apply/cancel buttons. Invalid entries are flagged with an error icon and hover-over tooltips that explain the ...
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What is a good way to display side navigation levels?

For the past few weeks I have been working on reconstructing my employers side navigation. While attending a recent meeting, discussion on side navigation hierarchy arose and there was a debate on how ...
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Can I safely remove search functionality?

One of our clients has a content-rich website with about 300 pages of content in total. We did our utmost best to provide a very clear main navigation, but also provide a search function in the ...
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Caption below or above image for navigation purposes?

It was already discussed here that for layout purposes, where images and video appear on a web page, ordinary captions are probably best placed below the graphic — largely due to convention. I want ...
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Where can I find info about rudimentary navigation / architecture paradigms?

I need something that refers to classic approaches to structure content and the reason to choose them over others. For example: Tabs - use tabs when the different sections co exist and can be ...
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Use of mobile Actions icon on Desktop?

Looking for help in designing a navigation method (visual affordance) for space constrained Desktop app. Below, I have a tree grid which is the primary navigation for the detail pane below the ...
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Advice on BlackBerry Navigation and Layout Design [closed]

I have some problems trying to design layout and navigation structure for BlackBerry app. The basic of our layout is consists of two headers that will be fixed so that when users scroll horizontally ...
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Mobile app UI state restoration in relation to the length of inactivity time

A common guideline for mobile apps is that they should be built to accommodate interruption, and that the app should be restored after interruption to the last state that the user was in. For example, ...
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Side Navigation Highlighting Current Page Link Items

I've been working on a side navigation reconstruction project that is now entering the design phase. Through research i've noticed many sites using different colored text to highlight/bookmark user ...
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Should we call “Home” something else?

In the main navigation menu of a website, should we call "Home" something else? I am guessing that from a broad UX perspective, the answer is no -- but when are other names viable? When are they ...
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Navigation with or without sub-navigation?

Considering following site architecture, where each category has multiple products inside it: /Home /About /Products/Category 1 /Products/Category 2 /Products/Category 3 /Products/Category 4 ...
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Should we stop using “Home” in navigation? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Home button vs Logo link? The following must be true for most (if not all) websites: Clicking the logo or website name leads to the homepage (/index.html). But the ...
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Side Navigation Arrow Placement Right or Left?

I have been working on a project that involves reconstructing a page side navigation. Throughout the project i've researched current trends in navigation structure and noticed arrow placement on the ...
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Switching which side a sidebar is on

My boss insists on occasionally doing designs for our firm. The unfortunate part is he often does odd things. One such thing is that he likes to switch what side the sidebar is on dependent on the ...
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Alert window, navigating to the right button

Working on both Windows and OSX, I have some habits on both. In alert dialogs, there is a huge usability variance between both operating systems. In the latter, you can either tap enter and have the ...
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User-friendlier dropdowns with hoverIntent?

Is it a good idea to use hoverIntent (which introduces a slight movement-predicted delay to prevent accidental hover-offs) for user-friendlier dropdowns? ...
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Metro Box Style Navigation

Train and Subway Information Design Metro style refers to boxing information so that it's easy to digest. Windows 8 uses this, although they failed to make it usable. Metro Style on the Web I ...
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Navigation for a Web Comic - Icons, or Thumbnails?

The typical webcomic navigation is usually: First | Previous | Next | Last Which is about how my comic's current navigation looks, give or take some wingding icons for good measure: There's ...
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References using a floating fixed position promo box?

I need opinion from UX experts regarding usage of a fix-positioned promo box on a website. This is type of boxes which are floated to one side of the screen and are always displayed not depending on ...