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    What sites have the best looking/usable navigation systems you know. How about listing a site or two and rating them out of 10 for both looks and usability. I will kick off with...

    www.apple.com
    Looks - 8 Usability - 8

    I am a devoted apple hater but I love the site

    p.s. hope I posted this in the right place.

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    Hmm..great. Yeah..I also like Apple.com

    I would say the looks be 9

    How about Nortiq =)) http://nortiq.com
    LOL. I've been spending alot of time, improving the navigation to make it more user friendly/accessible.
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    I think the navigation and features on this site set the standard for the web at the moment > http://www.iht.com/frontpage.html

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    Capital,
    That is a great nav system. I really like the size up and down at the bottom of an artical page.

    Neat, understaed and easy to use.

    Looks - 7 Usability - 9

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    http://www.useit.com/alertbox/

    Look 5 - Usability 10
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    Originally posted by hmahonen
    http://www.useit.com/alertbox/

    Look 5 - Usability 10
    Thing about this, especially in UseIt.com's case, is that people aren't going to USE the site if they can't like the LOOK first... think about it. You can provide the most usable site on the Internet, but if it has an extremely ugly scheme, people won't bother using it!

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    But I go to read the articles. Granted, looking at a good design is great, but how many more times would I return to look at a design I have already seen? However, regardless of the lack of fabulous design, how many times would I return to visit a site to read its new content.

    I love the deisng of
    www.mrshowbiz.com
    I know it is very dense and too busy but I lvoe the way the design changes throughout the different pages whilst still seeming to belong to the same site.

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    www.efanguide.com is pretty cool.

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    That is a nice navigation system but it took AGES to load!

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    nice site emmester
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    I would make a website for a phone company. They asked me to get inspired by the interactive phone answering machine interface that they use.

    So, i did it. I've put only numbers as links, and embedded a WAV sound that said "if you want to know about our company, click 1 ..... if you are a customer and want to get in touch with us, click 2 .....".
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    In response to Nicky: mr showbiz is old style now but I like the background image! efan.com is crisp and neat and also consistent with the colours used. I'm not going to suggest a nice looking site becaus ewe all have our own favourites but what about this site to help you spot a decent site....http://its.med.yale.edu/wdd/index.html, so I think you all should visit! and dont pass go the manual http://info.med.yale.edu/caim/manual/

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    I agree with capital there....the Yale guide is very good. Some of the content may be a bit dated, but overall it is an excellent resource. Of course, they have published the book (updated and slightly revised IIRC). Great resource for 'getting back to basics' on site design considerations.

    I think, even Jakob would agree with their principles.
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    A horizontal menu is the mose useable.

    By default most people keep their mouse on the right side of the screen. A left side navigation causes your user to do more work to navigate your site.

    A horizontal menu is better because its closer to the right side.

    Of course we know a right menu would't work that well since computers read left to right.
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    Navigation system ? ouch !



    Talking about navigation systems and showing samples of same is great. I've read what everyone here has written, and would like to ask all you pro's for your oppinion on a navigation system I built at my own private site. At the moment all of my articles are gone from the site, because I'm rewriting everything, but they will be up again soon.

    Don't worry about the .dk domain - the pages are in english. Would anyone here care to evaluate looks and/or usability please ?

    Welcome to futte.dk

    Would be greatly appreciated.

    Thanx.
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    Insane in the....

    http://www.WebBrain.com

    Anyone seen it ?

    Superb achievement. A little awkward and cluttered maybe but never the less a good result.

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    very nice...although I got so wrapped up in the top half of the page I missed the pages being displayed in the split frame and all the links!

    fast at work but what will it be like at home on my crumbling 56k modem?

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    I have a 600MHZ computer and that site (webbrain.com) made my computer slow like molasses.

    that is a case of people designing a navigation system just because they can. I don't think it is very easy to use or very impressive either.

    I have this mental block where everytime I see a large grey square on the page I automatically know there will be something coming up in Java and I cringe.
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    navigation - International Herald Tribune

    http://www.iht.com/frontpage.html

    no depressingly misused java; nifty javascript; brilliant, compatible dropdowns (it's the first site i've seen dropdowns work in both IE5.5 & NN6).
    looks stunning. hell, i'm even developing an interest in current affairs.

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    Originally posted by creole
    I have a 600MHZ computer and that site (webbrain.com) made my computer slow like molasses.

    that is a case of people designing a navigation system just because they can. I don't think it is very easy to use or very impressive either.

    I have this mental block where everytime I see a large grey square on the page I automatically know there will be something coming up in Java and I cringe.
    lol
    that sucks.
    java isn't practical for the web!

    I'm glad I have a fast processor.
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    I'm glad I have a fast processor.
    What do you consider to be a "FAST" processor (for a web developer anyway)
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    LOL
    hmm....web developer?
    depends on your level of skill lol!

    if you're brilliant, a textpad would do and you won't need a fast processor =) *grin*

    only in terms of graphics designer would a fast processor with alot of RAM make a difference.
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    i like meatdance, i mean the website,
    how close to finishing are you dima?

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    I only have a 450mhz processor

    378mb of ram though
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    Originally posted by hardline
    i like meatdance, i mean the website,
    how close to finishing are you dima?
    it really depends. it's alot of work and preparation.. but in one week i have vacation where i could finish meatdance


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