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I have a web application, let's call it "Molecule", that provides a bird's eye view over the status of several other web applications, let's call them "Atoms".

I want, somehow, to navigate from the "Molecule" to its "Atoms" and vice-versa (from "Atoms" to their aggregator "Molecule").

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How can I provide a good navigation from an application to another, for my users, without breaking their experience?

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  • Not an answer but have you looked at some prezi presentations which utilize the zoom in feature eg: prezi.com/nq67ujpgsr68/biogasol
    – Mervin
    Jan 19, 2012 at 20:51
  • @MFrank2012: My bad. I've chosen a bad title. I'm actually not interested in a real zoom in/out. It's more in the sense of a broader app to a more particular app. Jan 19, 2012 at 21:49
  • Do you have control over the "atoms"?
    – dnbrv
    Jan 19, 2012 at 22:26
  • yes. I can alter the atoms as well. Jan 20, 2012 at 1:58

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I am going to provide you with some inspiration that I hope will be useful for you. Firstly, highly respected designer Brendan Dawes does a lot of this kind of thing with spokes and nodes to create alternative and explorative navigational systems. I have a feeling this is the kind of route that you are looking to go down. He has created Doodlebuzz, which although is not exactly what you would be trying to achieve, I do feel will add value to your ideation.

Secondly, take a look at the UK’s NHS Health Explorer, which allows you to search on a term and then surface interrelated information that can be, well, explored.

I hope you will keep us posted on your developments, these types of interfaces can be very exciting and rewarding.

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  • Although, with DoodleBuzz, it was way too easy for me to do things like create completely incomprehensible doodles...I actually did it by accident the first time by drawing a circle -_-
    – Brad Orego
    Jan 20, 2012 at 15:44

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