August 24th, 2011
“This is a perfect opportunity for us to use that mega menu we wanted to try out.” That’s what I heard a few weeks ago, sitting in a client meeting.
The client was dealing with balancing a lot of navigation while keeping their home page free for the important messages they want everyone to see. A mega menu – those large multi-column layered menus that pop up when you hover over the navigation – seemed like just the ticket.
However, our research shows mega menus come at a price. In today’s UIEtips, I talk about the epic forces that are constantly in battle with any mega menu implementation, preventing the users from getting value. Every time I start talking about this stuff, designers perk right up. If you work on your site’s navigation, you’ll see why mega menus may not be the panacea they promise to be.
Read today’s article, 6 Epic Forces Battling Your Mega Menus
Of course, what we’re talking about here is just one type of web design pattern — exactly the topic Hagan Rivers is talking about at our upcoming User Interface 16 Conference. If you’re doing any design for the web, you’ll want to dive deep into her full-day topic. She’ll fill your brain with exactly what you’ll need to create delightful and useful online experiences. Check out all the UI16 speakers at UICONF.com.Tweet