February 22nd, 2010
When our applications grow large and complex, how do we help users find the right commands and functions? If we were talking about large data sets, we’d build in a search capability. Would search also work for finding commands?
Our good friend, Hagan Rivers, explores that question in this issue of UIEtips. Inspired by our recent UIE Virtual Seminar on Search & Discovery Patterns with Peter Morville and Mark Burrell, Hagan started thinking about her own area of expertise: making complex navigation simple. That’s when her article, Browse vs. Search in Application Navigation, was born. We know you’ll enjoy it.
At our upcoming UIE Web App Masters Tour, Hagan will be sharing with us her secrets for dealing with gnarly, complex web app navigation issues. She’s just one of the great designers we’re featuring in this four city tour, which starts in San Diego next month. Details for the tour are at www.UIEtour.com.
Are you building large applications where users need help finding commands? What techniques have you tried? We’d love to hear your experiences below.Tweet