Once someone starts using your website or web application, they need to know where to go and how to get there at any point. If they can't navigate through your your application easily, you'll quickly lose them. Thus, designing effective navigation in your web application is crucial.
In this series for Creative Bloq, Chris Bank of UXPin (opens in new tab), the UX design app, discusses the importance of navigation design patterns and details examples from some of the hottest websites and web apps today.
You can see previous posts in this series here (opens in new tab). Meanwhile, for more examples of web design patterns (opens in new tab), download UXPin's free e-book, Web UI Design Patterns 2014 (opens in new tab).
The users want quick access to additional options or actions they can perform.
Hide extra options and buttons in an expandable menu so that they don’t clutter the main interface.
Both Facebook and Google use 'overflow menus' to maintain very clean user interfaces on their web apps by hiding the most important secondary options in an expandable menu. This can also be used to show the most important actions in terms of engagement.
For example Pinterest, keeps a share on Facebook button visible to help speed up a common and desirable user action on each pin.
Alternatively, an overflow menu can be used to contain additional menu items or actions as they are incrementally added to the UI.
Words: Chris Bank (opens in new tab)
Chris Bank (opens in new tab) is the growth lead at UXPin (opens in new tab), a UX design app that creates responsive interactive wireframes and prototypes.