Navigation seems to be of great concern to all of us, as well as to our audiences. The goal of this design is to better frame and better structure the interactivity of the navigation.
As it stands now, we have five navigational elements: global nav, college nav, local nav, breadcrumbs and search. It doesn't make sense to have these spread across the page. Therefore, I have grouped them together visually to produce a more logical structure. From top-down, the navigation flows from global to local, therefore creating hierarchy and separation through juxtaposition and layout.
I will showcase the proposed interactivity of the navigational elements that break the typical mold at the next WDN meeting (November 11, 2008).
Other considerations in this design:
Search: Removed PeopleFinder and Web options. Now that PeopleFinder is integrated into the search results, the option is no longer needed. There isn't a need to use unl.edu as a launchpad for external searches. I'd like to pursue the options of integrating local searches into overall search, therefore removing all the options (Don't make me think).
Full width of content area: As a developer, there is tremendous value of having the full width of content area to work with. While this wasn't the main approach for the restructure, it is a welcome by-product.
Photos: Stay the exact same size, only the frame would change (already in the CSS).
Bottom Bar: This element would always stay at the bottom of the window (not page, think Facebook). It would house the current items in the shelf, but would be expandable as new applications are created. This area also houses quicklinks, to sections on the current page, as well as our typical quicklinks. I'll also showcase these elements in more detail at the next WDN meeting.
User Experience Architect