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This is an Information Architecture question. First, your definition. System structure What you and your client describe, sounds like a graph with connected components to me. As such, it will never be effectively defined by a breadcrumbs that can only describe a vertical hierarchy or a tree relationship. Conflict between menu structure and site ...


Categories + meta tags It sounds like you're describing a system of high-level categories or a very shallow tree that is subsequently filtered by meta tags. A hybrid of category identification via a breadcrumb and filter tags is worth consideration. I'm sure this isn't representative of your system, but you get the idea:


As I read your question: - You want to show the overall structure. - It's arranged in the net structure. So it seams you want to show the minimap navigation (like in games). But, you mention that it is about business processes. Here the view (and navigation) depends on the user role and the matter of processes. Process manager (and possibly director) ...


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First of all you can choose from more UI options to show and navigate through hierarchies. Additionally to breadcrumbs and tree view there are e.g.: menus and submenus navigation (traditional and ring menus) nested labels (allowing more hierarchies) column navigation (like in OSX Navigator) path navigation (like in Windows explorer) I believe in UX you ...


Much of the time, it's most useful to summarize your data into visuals and higher-level categories that allow you to drill down to the specific data. This is why infographics are so powerful and why sites like mint.com are loved. Categorizing your data in mutually exclusive, collectively exhaustive (MECE) ways will also eliminate redundancies in what ...


A quick google turns up this article: 14 Beautiful Content-Heavy Websites for Inspiration It offers several principles, reworded here: White space – allow the content (and your visitors’ eyes) room to breathe Boxes, borders & graphical planes – Segment the information into visual categories Intuitive search method – Let your users jump straight to ...

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