Permanent navigation - the
international site nav that is seen on every page as a component of the
page template - requires being visibly identifiable as navigation.
Moreover, it should be simple to understand, target and pick.
- Web 2.0 design makes global
navigation large, bold, clean and obvious.
- Inline hyperlinks
(links within text) are typically clearly differentiated from normal
Why simple navigation is better
Users should be able to recognize
navigation, which informs them the different kinds of important
- Where they are (in the scheme of
- Where else they can go from here
- And what options they have for
Following the principle of
simplicity, and general reduction of noise, the best ways to clarify
- Placing permanent navigation links
separately from the content
- To differentiate navigation by use
of color, tone and shape
- To make navigation items big and
- Using clear text to make the
purpose of each link unambiguous
How to keep your navigation simple
Simply remember the key: Just
remember that navigation should be clearly distinguishable from
You need to follow the guiding
principles above, concerning differentiation through location, color
Inline hyperlinks must also be
prominent satisfactorily from the text around them.
See these snippets. In each case, you
are aware what a link is. (In my opinion, making use blue text, which
is not underlined that turns to underlined red on hover should be