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Wayfinding on the Web

Chris Basham
October 24, 2014

Wayfinding on the Web

Presented at Midwest UX 2014 with Tara Bazler.

Inspired by adventuring in the great outdoors, we will explore principles, practices, and patterns that can guide those designing a web navigation experience. How do we design for users wanting to browse content or just wanting to efficiently accomplish a given task? How does context, such as resource constraints, prior knowledge, knowledge acquisition, and personal experience affect how a user traverses an interface? How can navigational experiences adapt for context?

Recording: https://vimeo.com/110190912

Chris Basham

October 24, 2014

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