Designing Web Navigation [NOOK Book]

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Thoroughly rewritten for today's web environment, this bestselling book offers a fresh look at a fundamental topic of web site development: navigation design. Amid all the changes to the Web in the past decade, and all the hype about Web 2.0 and various "rich" interactive technologies, the basic problems of creating a good web navigation system remain. Designing Web Navigation demonstrates that good navigation is not about technology-it's about the ways people find information, ...
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Designing Web Navigation

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Overview

Thoroughly rewritten for today's web environment, this bestselling book offers a fresh look at a fundamental topic of web site development: navigation design. Amid all the changes to the Web in the past decade, and all the hype about Web 2.0 and various "rich" interactive technologies, the basic problems of creating a good web navigation system remain. Designing Web Navigation demonstrates that good navigation is not about technology-it's about the ways people find information, and how you guide them.
Ideal for beginning to intermediate web designers, managers, other non-designers, and web development pros looking for another perspective, Designing Web Navigation offers basic design principles, development techniques and practical advice, with real-world examples and essential concepts seamlessly folded in. How does your web site serve your business objectives? How does it meet a user's needs? You'll learn that navigation design touches most other aspects of web site development. This book:
Provides the foundations of web navigation and offers a framework for navigation design
Paints a broad picture of web navigation and basic human information behavior
Demonstrates how navigation reflects brand and affects site credibility
Helps you understand the problem you're trying to solve before you set out to design
Thoroughly reviews the mechanisms and different types of navigation
Explores "information scent" and "information shape"
Explains "persuasive" architecture and other design concepts
Covers special contexts, such as navigation design for web applications
Includes an entire chapter on tagging
While Designing Web Navigation focuses on creating navigation systems for large, information-rich sites serving a business purpose, the principles and techniques in the book also apply to small sites. Well researched and cited, this book serves as an excellent reference on the topic, as well as a superb teaching guide. Each chapter ends with suggested reading and a set of questions that offer exercises for experiencing the concepts in action.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780596553784
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 8/28/2007
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 416
  • File size: 25 MB
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  • Anonymous

    Posted October 24, 2007

    VERY VERY HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!!

    Are you a web- developer or designer? If you are, then this book is for you. Author James Kalbach, has done an outstanding job of writing a book that shows you how to analyze your business needs and translate them into a workable navigation system for your users. Kalbach, begins with a discussion on specific problems regarding the designing of Web applications as well as, conventional Web sites. Then, the author presents various options which are totally dedicated to working out navigation challenges in Web products. Next, he explains the variability of the rules in the complex contexts that Web workers tend to work in. The author also focuses on why you should not start by designing the navigation on the home page. He continues by addressing visual logic and information design. Then, the author discusses how to make decisions about the look and feel of a web site. Finally, he deals with users who use Search to find a page in a web site, are much less likely to browse the site than if they found the page using the site's own navigational aids. This most excellent book is not a coding book. Nevertheless, it does explain the types of navigation that can be used during the web design phase.

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