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Breadcrumbs: ok to place at the top of a page?

Should breadcrumbs ever be placed at the very top-left of a page? Breadcrumbs seem to always be located either directly below the nav menu or above the page content. An article from 1stWebDesigner ...
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Designing of a website which has 19 links and almost same number of sublinks

I am designing a site which has around 19 main links and each page consists of 8-10 sub pages. which is the best way to design the site?
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Are there other options of enabling an irregular shaped clickable area on a web page other than image maps? [closed]

We have some irregular shaped areas...imagine a map of the states of the US. Imagine also that inside each state there is a rectangular region that contains graphics and text. We want to make each of ...
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Pattern for navigating by typing text in a text-field

I am working on an application which has a very dense UI with lots of menu items. Is there a UI Pattern for navigating to different screens by typing text in a text-field? The keyboard focus is on ...
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4answers
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Good reasons to omit a top bar navigation on a webpage?

Top bar navigation seems like a Good Thing. It works, people know where to find it and how to use it. But under which circumstances can I omit it, in favor of less clutter and larger images?
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Does the 'mile high menu bar' still apply to web apps?

In This Article from Joel on Software, Joel talks about how the easiest parts of the screen to click are the edges, and how putting menu bars at the absolute top of the screen increases usability. Can ...
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2 row navigation vs. dropdowns

I've seen two different types of navigation bars when a site requires nested navigation, one where hovering over a link drops down an additional menu, and one where a second horizontal bar is ...
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Should I add a 'Home' Button to the navigation?

I know that it is common behavior to have the logo of a web page be a link to the home page, but should I also have a 'home' link in the navigation bar for it as well?
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Which side of a web page should a side menu go on?

Many websites have side menus and I seem some have the side menu on the right and some on the left. Which side is better?
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Is there a “nice” way to show navigation icons so they don't clutter the UI?

I've got a small desktop application that scans music folders and randomly chooses an album to play. The first version is WinForms and has "previous" and "next" buttons next to the album art that are ...
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4answers
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What order to choose for subnavigation links in mega-dropdowns?

We have changed our navigation and switched to a mega-dropdown-menus. Now we had some discussion how to arrange/sort the subcategories inside the dropdown layer. One opinion is that the user is ...
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Is it a good idea to have a large footer containing many links?

In recent years, it's become quite a common design pattern to have a large footer on every page, containing a 'mini sitemap'. For example: This has supposed SEO benefits, but would also seem to ...
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Best practice for Navigation usability? [closed]

I'm currently working on a social network type system, and was wondering about the best practice for navigation. Would it be better to use Icons or Text? I was thinking a mixture, icons for some ...
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Home button vs Logo link?

Is a "home" button on the navigation required if there is a link to the homepage using the company's logo? Increasingly I have noticed more and more websites using the logo as a link to return to ...
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When should you use task-based navigation over topic-based navigation?

What are the pros and cons of each?
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External links: Whether & how to distinguishing them from internal links, and to open them

How do other IAs/UXD's treat external links & what are the perceived pros/cons of different options. Specifically looking for recommendations on: whether & how to visually distinguish ...