Navigation

Overview

Even the most helpful feature or the most informative content is useless if the user cannot navigate to it. Navigation forms the foundation and is one of the most critical elements of your project. Keep in mind that navigation should be:

  • Visible and accessible at all times
  • Understandable
  • Consistent
  • Relevant

Guidelines

Ensure navigation is consistent on every page

Avoid changing how navigation is done throughout the site/app.

consistent navigation

Give room for growth and consider how future new content and pages will fit into current information architecture

When determining the navigational structure of your project, consider how your project will evolve in the future and arrange accordingly. It is not cost-effective and user-friendly to rearrange the navigation every time new content or functionalities are added.

Provide indicators to let users know where they are on the site

Use breadcrumbs, or differentiate using an active states on a navigation or menu item.

nav indicator

Even the most helpful feature or the most informative content is useless if the user cannot navigate to it. Navigation forms the foundation and is one of the most critical elements of your project. Keep in mind that navigation should be:

  • Visible and accessible at all times
  • Understandable
  • Consistent
  • Relevant