Im looking at methods for displaying navigation on a 17" screen touchscreen kiosk. The primary navigation would be for shopping and be quite complex, ie goes down quite a few levels. Could anyone offer any advice on best practice or methods of achieving this in a user friendly way?

For instance, how would you translate the navigation on www.johnlewis.com for example?

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IMO, if you want to do a great job, you need to completely redesign for a touchscreen -- not merely "translate" a website. Will this be a browser-based app?

Even if a pinch-to-zoom capability is present, if I was designing the app, I would assume that most users will not realize that. Consequently, you need to make buttons and links quite a bit larger to avoid the "fat finger" syndrome. I don't see how you can accomplish this without a redesign.

  • Good points about "fat finger" and people not knowing about pinch zoom
    – ChrisF
    Dec 7, 2010 at 12:36
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    Thanks. I'd add another factor: demographics. A website visitor has a minimum of tech savvy. At the very least, she knows what a website is. Kiosk users come from much more varied demographics, and may include, just to cite two examples: a) people who have never used a computer, or worse, are computer-phobes, and b) people with poor vision who would be seriously challenged with the johnlewis.com website.
    – Hisham
    Dec 7, 2010 at 18:22
  • I understand it would be a total redesign, the part I was looking for advice in would be how to translate the complex navigation with many categories, then sub categories on to a kiosk style interface.
    – Ash
    Dec 7, 2010 at 19:03

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