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    Navigation Help: Too Much/Too Little???

    Hi folks,

    This probably will end up being a cold post, but I am looking to get some constructive feedback on a draft navigation system geared for my personal/professional website. This is what I have so far:

    MAIN NAVIGATION:
    01. Home
    02. About
    03. Portfolio*
    04. Resume
    05. Contact
    06. Scripts**
    07. Forum
    08. Feedback
    09. Dotcoms***
    10. Links
    *PORTFOLIO NAVIGATION:
    01. 3D Imaging
    02. Analog Art
    03. Digital Illustration
    04. Digital Imaging
    05. DV Production
    06. Font Design
    07. Interactive
    08. Logo Design
    09. Print Design
    10. Programming
    11. Sonic Comps
    12. Website Design
    **SCRIPTS NAVIGATION:
    01. (.fla)
    02. (.dir)
    03. (.php)
    04. (.cpp)
    05. (.js)
    ***DOTCOMS NAVIGATION:
    01. mydotcomsite.com
    02. mydotcomsite.com
    03. mydotcomsite.com
    04. mydotcomsite.com
    05. mydotcomsite.com
    06. mydotcomsite.com
    07. mydotcomsite.com
    08. mydotcomsite.com
    09. mydotcomsite.com
    As an alternative to the above navigation system, I was also thinking about having four main links:
    NAVIGATE - PORTFOLIO - SCRIPTS - DOTCOMS
    Those four would be the visible main links, and the rest would be hidden via a dropdown and/or Flash-based navigation...

    Anyway, please feel free to comment/suggest/critisize the above mock navigation... I am also contemplating having sub-links for my portfolio section too...

    What are peoples thoughts about one-word links vs multi-word links... example:

    Print Design vs Print
    Sonic Comps vs Audio

    And so on...

    Thanks in advance, cheers!
    < /m>
    Last edited by mhulse; Aug 23, 2004 at 11:39.

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    Of course this article does help:

    http://www.sitepoint.com/article/checklists-web-design

    but seems to be geared more for the corporate world... I guess I am leaning more towards the "artsy" look and feel...

    Anyway, I am excited to read your replies!

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    As someone who has no idea about corporate webdesign, but someone who does appreciate a clean menu nonetheless, I thought I'd give you my view on it.

    I imagin that page packed with information and I imagin the first version of your menu to really take up alot of space. Lots of scrolling - and while lots of scrolling is not bad, I myself (personal view) like to have big menus collapseable. Or however thats called..
    .. you got the main menu points and you can collapse them down into the actual link list

    Iunno how good that actually is for access..accessi..bility, but as I said, its only my own point of view.

    So long...
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    Thanks for the response Restless, I really appreciate your words of wisdom. :)

    I think I have figured out the best way to set-up the links/navigation for my portfolio:

    (This will be one of the main-navigation links:) "Selected Works"

    And on the "Selected Works" page, I can have some sort of list/thumbs that would have this info next to them:
    X <--- (thumbnail here) "title here" - 03/30/04 - Web Design
    X <--- (thumbnail here) "title here" - 02/17/04 - Identity
    X <--- (thumbnail here) "title here" - 02/10/04 - Sculpture
    .........
    .........
    .........
    X <--- (thumbnail here) "title here" - 01/12/04 - Interactive
    X <--- (thumbnail here) "title here" - 12/22/03 - Photography

    <<< [1.2.3.4.5] >>> (some sort of next/prev links)
    I think the above setup will be the easiest way for users to navigate my portfolio section.

    I could even have links to specific categories somewhere on the same page, for example:

    (link to:) View All
    (link to:) Web Desgn
    (link to:) Identity
    (link to:) Sculpture
    .........
    .........
    .........
    (link to:) Photography
    (link to:) Interactive
    And if any of the above is clicked, lets say "Sculpture", the thumbnails/list would then refresh to show only sculpture related works...

    Hopefully that all makes sense? Hehe...

    Please feel free to reply with your thoughts/comments/suggetions... :)

    Thanks in advance,

    Cheers!
    Micky

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    Just out of curiosity, has anyone seen any code that would do something similar to what I have described in my last post? Dynamic Flash/PHP scripts would be preferable...

    There's no good reason to "completely" reinvent the wheel, right?

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    I think I know what you mean.
    So that would kind of "remove" the list of all the links to your portfolio, making the list of links overall a little shorter, yes?

    You'd link to one specific page that lists all the categories with thumbnails (or) offer a way to only display specific artwork on this page.


    If I got that right (which I hope I did) then I can say that me, as an average visitor who likes galleries, would not have anything to complain about the navigation setup.

    However, wouldn't there still be a quite long list remaining in the main menu?

    So long




    ... oh and you can keep any grammatic or spelling errors you may encounter in my posts.
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    Yes, it sounds like you got it right :)

    I am glad to hear that you would not mind a portfolio navigation system like the one I have described...

    So, just to clarify, I will sum up the complete website navigation system that I am envisioning:

    (These would be the main links for every page:)
    1. [HOME]
    2. [SELECTED WORK] or [PORTFOLIO]
    3. [SCRIPTS]
    4. [FEEDBACK]
    5. [LINKS]
    The "[HOME]" (home-page) would have my "news entries" and the "about" information.

    The "[SELECTED WORK] or [PORTFOLIO]" page would be as described in post #4 above. Within this section, users would be able to find a link to my resume.

    The [SCRIPTS] page would behave like the portfolio section... The main categories would be: CSS, PHP, JS, CPP, FLA, and DIR.

    The [FEEDBACK] page would be contain a guest-book and possibly a contact email form.

    The [LINKS] is pretty self explanatory...

    At the bottom of every page, contained within the footer, will be these links:
    1. [HOME]
    3. [CONTACT]
    4. [DOTCOMS]
    5. Copyright info...
    6. Unique hit counter
    7. Date/time
    Hehe, ok, I am really starting to like this navigation set-up... Thanks to all who have given me feedack so far (Restless), I really really appreciate it.

    I am still open to suggestions.

    Thanks
    Cheers
    Micky
    Last edited by mhulse; Aug 23, 2004 at 03:00.

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    Honesty I dont have anything to counter that with. It sounds fine to me

    So long
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    I think you should keep "ABOUT" or "RESUME" in the main navigation.

    No need to have both, since finally they will have very simmilar content.

    My 2 cents.

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