Design Update: Vertical Navigation Style Prototype16 Comments
We’ve been doing a lot of head scratching and doodling to create the perfect navigation interface for vertical slides. We’ve updated the SlideDeck on our homepage with the latest prototype (yea, it’s a little buggy). We’d love to get our users’ feedback before packaging it up as part of the default template.
The prototype includes an intuitive dot navigation on any spine that contains vertical slides. It also features simple up/down navigation arrows on the top and bottom of the slide. The arrows match the previous/next arrows of the Smart SlideDeck as shown in the example below.
Here is a brief overview of the benefits:
- It gives the user an idea of the depth of a SlideDeck at first glance, regardless of what slide they are on.
- It is contained on the main navigation element (spine) of the slide and frees up the rest of the slide for design elements.
- The arrows allow up/down functionality without having to move the mouse and its conforms to the current spineless template design (Smart SlideDeck).
Here is a brief overview of the constraints:
- You are limited to about 20 characters per spine title. In our opinion, brief is bold. Don’t make your users read more than 20 characters per spine.
- You are limited to about 5 or 6 vertical slides per main slide. If you can’t get your point across with that many slides, you need to simply your message or shorten your spine title.
- Your mouse may be on the far right, ready to click on the next slide spine and it requires movement to the arrows or spine nav. Think of it as yet another version of a wrist workout.
Keep in mind that you can always design your own skin and create any type of vertical navigation you like. We are simply looking for the optimal default design.
We want to hear from you! Please let us know what you think by posting a comment based on the below guidelines.
- Perfecto! Let us know if you dig it.
- Close but no cigar. Let us know what kind of tweaks would improve the design.
- Bummer dude. Totally off the mark – give us a new way of creating the vertical navigation.
We can’t promise that any or all of your comments will be implemented, but we do promise to appreciate and reply to each one.