Avoid These Navigation Pitfalls

nomanA new post from the usability experts at the Nielsen Norman Group lists four navigation techniques that cause user strain and work against your effort to share information.

These navigation implementations risk pushing users into a state of cognitive strain which lessens the likelihood of them taking desirable actions. Here’s what to avoid:

  1. Thin, horizontal, roll-over activated menus: Testing users’ fine motor control (and patience)
  2. Unintuitive labels: using words that require people to know your nomenclature
  3. Redundant links on routing pages: Increasing the perceived number of choices
  4. Overly incremented sliders: tools that become obstacles

The full article offers illustrations of each and suggestions for how to avoid these issues.