How can you help your readers find what they are looking for on your website? How can you facilitate their need to know what to click next or where to look when in search for something? Navigation instructions, or as someone calls them, interface design instructions for the user, are text-based and visual elements that can help your web visitors understand more easily what they need to click or where they can look to find what they are looking for. As such, these navigation signposts and visual directions can make a hell of a difference in converting temporary visitors into long term clients and fans. In this report you will learn what are the key basic elements you need to pay attention to, to design effective user-facing navigation instructions.
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People have things they want to accomplish, whether it’s making a purchase, finding a recipe, or learning how to do something new.
Inherent in many web page designs, therefore, is information to help a user perform an action.
…In addition to these types of visual cues, we often write instructions to assist users in knowing what to do next.
These instructions guide the eyes and minds of the individual to look at the appropriate place and to take the appropriate action.
In this report, Connie Malamed identifies and explains which are the most critical aspects to pay attention to when working to add or refine user navigation messages and instructions to help your online readers find what they are looking for or take a specific action.
Specifically, some of the key aspects highlighted in this report, showcase the importance of several unique factors in designing effective user navigation instructions:
* Maximizing audience targeting
* Countering information abundance
* Writing style
* Improving accessibility
* Testing relevance