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Go On. Throw Away the Map.

November 2, 2009

opte.org

Maps are the All the Rage right now. But what if you throw the map away? Leave the road already traveled behind? What happens then?

Magic.

Unfortunately, I’m not talking about an escape to the muddied back lanes of England and Scotland, as that might be a very nice place to throw away the map, indeed. I’m talking about website navigation, and lobbying for doing it a whole new way.

Websites evolved in the static environment that was Web 1.0. In that nurturing atmosphere, they provided a place to store information, but little room for feedback and interaction. But then Web 2.0 came along, and with it, the necessity that people communicate and engage interactively. I think that in order to start mixing things up, we need to change the way we navigate websites, giving the user an experience that reflects the person, business or product.

Visit these. If you’re a web design fan, you won’t be disappointed.

  • NO CLICKS HERE: Really. No clicks allowed. Or you can click it just to satisfy your curiosity…
  • SANS MENU: a simple, clean site that eliminates the need for a menu, but still encompasses contact info, a blog, articles, and portfolio work. It’s impressive, to say the least.
  • EXCITE!: I know! I’ve already linked to this! But I love it That Much. So if you didn’t check it out last time, now’s your chance! The little bit of excitement on the rollovers of the links + the slide show transitions are inspiring.
  • ROLLOVER meets LIGHTBOX: simplify and engage. This site aims to give you what you need with a super clean interface.

There is still a place for traditional navigation menus, as e-commerce sites and more complicated ventures could not function without them. But think about getting creative on your next venture… throwing away the map might just lead to a brilliantly unexpected design.

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2 Comments leave one →
  1. cbritain permalink
    November 2, 2009 12:38 pm

    Hey Linda, great post. I’ve seen a few of these sites before and I love how they’re pushing the idea of the website and how we interact with it. Thanks for the valuable blog post!

    • Linda permalink*
      November 2, 2009 1:28 pm

      Hey Conor! Thanks for the complement… and the idea. DeliciousCSS is a great site!

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