Don’t design ‘what if’ navigation
Gerry McGovern describes what the pattern community call the hub-and-spoke navigation system. In large websites, where there are a lot of options, the hub-and-spoke arrangement does bring order and clarity to the page. But it does have a downside. What if someone comes directly to the website from, say, a Google link. He will surely miss the other options. This is where the global navigation, or the one in vogue these days -- 'pre-footer' navigation -- can come to the rescue. For more of these patterns, check out Jennifer Tidwell's book Designing Interfaces.
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