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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.

For more examples of web design patterns (opens in new tab), download UXPin's free ebook, Web UI Design Patterns 2014 (opens in new tab).

The problem

The user wants to jump through whole sections of a web app or content quickly.

The solution

Create a shortcut button or hot spot that takes users directly to a certain part of a web app, typically beginning or end but more commonly other specific points.

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For example, users can click a tab or button to scroll to the top of the page from wherever they are. This comes in handy especially if you’re also implementing the Infinite Scroll pattern and the page can get really long as new content is loaded one after the other.

If users want to access controls or information that is only visible at the top of the page, returning there after several pages worth of scrolling can be a nightmare.

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Pinterest solves this user headache by showing an unobtrusive 'jump-to-top' button in the bottom right corner of the screen, which instantly scrolls the user back.

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.

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