A New Navigation Idiom?

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Blogger Peter Conradie recently noticed a new website navigation idiom that’s been used by a few Dutch websites, like the one pictured above.

“When you hover over a main menu, usually at the top, a “drawer” opens, displaying a sort of tree structure or sitemap.”

So, what do you think?

In most cases, this sort of drop-down navigation will most likely overlap content but it’s also a great way of showing your visitors a linear journey.

Ultimately, everyone reacts individually to things like navigation. Some people like it linear and straightforward, others don’t.

If you’re interested in looking at more ways to design navigational elements, head over to Welie.com.

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Filed under Design, Development, Information Architecture, Usability, Web

2 responses to “A New Navigation Idiom?

  1. Hi, thanks for the trackback. I am indeed quite curious to know whether this idiom is being used anywhere else, I haven’t really encountered it elsewhere.

  2. Suffian Rahman

    You’re welcome, Peter. I like reading your opinions on interaction design, you’re very switched-on about it. I haven’t encountered the idiom anywhere else, either, but let me know if you do!

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