Saturday, September 15, 2007

The Continuing History of Amazon’s Tab Navigation

Amazon bringing back popular categories ...

"About two years ago, I chronicled the multitude of interface design solutions had either tested or launched to help their customers navigate an ever growing catalog of products. From a simple two-tab system in 1998 to an overloaded two rows of tabs in 2000, to the dynamic tab system in use on the site today, Amazon has tried a myriad of header navigation designs (see The History of Amazon’s Tab Navigation for complete details).

Recently, Amazon began testing a design that brought back a prominent listing of their most popular categories. However, access to these links is now in the form of a left-side navigation menu instead of tabs at the top of the page. The new header features a prominently displayed search box and access to your shopping cart and lists. While I don’t know the full context behind the redesign, I’m assuming the company needed a better way to expose the breadth of their inventory as the dynamic “all product categories” tab (used on the site today) required an explicit action to activate."    (Continued via Functioning Form)    [Usability Resources]

Amazon Categories - Usability, User Interface Design

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