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Graphic Greats: Navigation Graphics

Creative Text Navigation


The menu is tucked right under the focal point on the entry page.

The interior pages feature a simple text menu just above the text area.

Images © Flip Designs.



Flip Designs
Steve Leggat is the owner of Flip Designs, featured here, with one of his sites coming up next. He is also the Senior Designer for World Web Design, where he created the designs for the Cuisine Magazine site featured earlier in this article and in first Navigation Graphics feature. He has done an amazing amount of work ... take a look at both design sites and wander through the portfolios. Steve really understands navigation and it shows in every site.

In his own site, Steve has used a simple text menu to make navigation easy throughout the site. The entry page features the menu just under the company name. The interior pages have a black background with the menu showing just above the green text area on each page.

There is nothing fancy about this navigation system, and maybe that is the point. You could not call the site dull, yet there is no hunt for navigation. To me, that is the sign of a successful site.



The menu is right beside an attention grabbing photo on the entry page.

The orange bar shown here gives the title for every page, providing your location at a glance.

Images © Xen. Designed by Steve Leggat, Flip Designs.


Xen Skateboard
A few unusual phrases are coming into my mind as I think of how to describe this site. Phrases like "fun corporate" or "serious skateboard site." Perhaps you will have to visit to see if I am coming close with those strange phrases.

The entry page grabs your attention with a superb photo and a slash of gold on a dark page. The menu stands out quite well, and sits right next to the action photo – no doubt the first place a skateboarding visitor's eyes will settle. Vivid text descriptions of each menu item appear on mouseover.

The interior pages have a completely different look. The menu area at the top stands out well and provides much of the impact for the page. I really like the very subtle animated graphic in the menu area, and I am not usually an animated graphic fan. But this one does not demand all your attention, does draw your eye immediately to the navigation once you look for it, and fits with the subject. An orange bar carries the current page name, leaving no doubt where you are in the site.

Everything is laid out very neatly, yet there is an easy casual feeling to the site. It is plain that the focus is skateboarding, yet it is a serious business site at the same time. Let's see ... how 'bout "corporate with a subtle attitude," or "skateboarding without attitude" ... (still thinking).


That's it, but before I go ...

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Created: May 3, 2000
Revised: May 3, 2000