How to Design Better Navigation Bars

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Whoa, mega menu!

I’m digging on How to Design the Best Navigation Bar for Your Website on Mashable, written by Daniel Alves. He cites some studies that say people can’t find what they want on a website most of the time—that’s kind of terrifying. Assuming the polling sample didn’t consist entirely of AOL subscribers and great-grandparents (same difference, yeah?), it means we’ve got a big usability problem on the web.

The most important thing I took from the piece is that content has to dictate the items on a menu bar. The design of the nav bar often comes before content is established—maybe that’s our problem. Alves also takes mega-menus to task, and does some cool side-by-side comparisons of major sites’ navigation systems. Read the whole piece here