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Ever wondered what’s the current state of navigation in the design world? Every once in a while, it’s good to take a look at the trends and conventions of certain design elements just to be sure your design is on target with modern demands. Though many designers spend most of their time trying to carve their own paths, learning trends can serve as a powerful guide for making strong design choices. In the case of navigation, such an essential element of design deserves all the design planning and attention possible. A look at current trends can only enhance the design of this central element of a site. In this post, we’ll discover the current trends in navigation design. Many of these trends are new, but …

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Horizontal vs. vertical navigation – the debate rages on with horizontal navigation always in the lead.  Vertical navigation, with its restricted design flexibility and content constraints, has less of an appeal with many designers, so horizontal navigation remains a design tradition. Luckily, the amount of inspirations available for horizontal navigation design is never lacking.  A vast array of design styles exist.  In fact, there are so many styles to choose from, we would be hard-pressed to cover them all here. What we will do, however, is showcasing a few excellent styles and also presents a few tips and best practices for superb horizontal navigation.  For Starters…Horizontal Navigation Styles • No Navigation Bar Full Cream Milk • Links Hub Below Render Best Practices 1.  Names They Know The …

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Drop Down navigation in web designing culture has gained momentum. More and more designers are acknowledging its importance to the science and how powerful a resource it is in sustaining web designing integrity. Mainly Drop Down navigation provides design with the interface needed for greater interaction and a more user friendly atmosphere. They are best suited for sites, which have multiple levels of the content hierarch. A characteristic feature of this design is that it has the ability of allowing users to hover over the parent navigational item allowing a submenu to appear. It must be emphasized, however, that there are a number of navigational collections besides the ones discussed in this article. These include 30 exceptional navigational techniques; 50 stylish navigational menus for design …

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Looking for a way to spice up your navigation menu design? After that first glance, users are bound to head to the navigation menu of a site, and if you’re lucky, they’ll come back to it again and again. Needless to say, this is a crucial spot for good-looking design. One smart response to this fact is the vertical navigation menu. These days, the web offers a wealth of inspiring examples for this modern twist on traditional horizontal design. Though, some clients like to stick to the tried and true look of navigation across the top of the screen, others may be willing to go with the more unconventional top-to-bottom look. We’ve pulled together several of the more creative examples to motivate and inspire you …

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After reading our previous article, I would not disbelieve you if you told me you are shaking your head in disbelief.  Remember though, a website can be a creative medium in which freedom of expression can show itself, and though many business leaders and control editors, are probably wishing for that bus to come and run me over, there are no hard and fast rules as to where should navigation links appear on a website. The main reason most website adopt either the horizontal, vertical, or a combination of the two, for a layout template, is that it is fairly logical, and fairly easy to understand, and easy on the eye.  Depending on your site though, you could easily tear up the rule book and …

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The word navigation is a Greek work, and basically is used to describe the science, or skill at travelling from one place to another, without getting lost.  This includes air, sea, and outer space travel. In a web design context, the term navigation means moving from one page to another, without getting lost, or more accurately confused.  This is why navigation is an integral and important part of any web design, and one that you should pay attention to.  If the navigation does not cut the mustard, visitors will soon become despondent, and that leads to the path of failure. Website Navigation-the basics of typical layouts. There are in essences three typical layouts for any web design, these are horizontal navigation links, vertical navigation links, …

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