Support subnavigation

Posted in Uncategorized by callibeth on April 8, 2010

I looked the subnavigation collection at Patterntap for ideas and best practices. Nearly all the subnav patterns shown at Patterntap include dropdowns or flyouts. I don’t think that’s our style on this website.

Panels are less usual, but that seems to be the appropriate answer for our content and space. I like the idea of an outline-style accordion; this one looks good. (To tell you the truth, I’m not even sure it’s an accordion, but it could be. The drawback of Patterntap is that you only see a picture and don’t get to experience the UI.) An accordion like that, together with a tag-based drop-down list and a search bar would present the user with a lot of choices for finding articles. Could be overkill, though. Maybe 2 out of 3 wouldn’t be bad, then.

We could do something like this example and show how many articles are in each group.