Behance: lesson on mobile navigation.

Behance is a portfolio platform that allows creative to share their works.

In terms of UI there is nothing wrong with Behance’s navigation; it uses big buttons, which is rare in mobile design whether in an app or a website. Additionally, they use wonderful icons to complement the navigation elements. The problem with their navigation lies in the lack of affordance compared to the navigation within their website. People use Behance for two things, to browse and post work. The navigation on their website is simple and it allows you to explore their website in various way. When you are familiar with their website navigation and then try to use their app, affordance is lost. The app navigation doesn’t reflect the same style of the website. It gets more complicated. When logged in you're presented with two sets of navigations, a top bar and two level bottom bars. When logged out you only get the top bar navigation. There is a bunch of stuff in the top bar too; yes stuff, there is no better way to describe it.

While their website experience is amazing their app falls short, very short. Actually, their website is responsive so on smaller screens you get the slide out navigation via the hamburger menu. Maybe it wouldn’t have been a bad idea to use that in the app. The navigation within the app is just messy – it’s all over the place with the different functions scattered. The navigation is difficult to figure out and to use. Instead of creating a whole new navigation for the app keep things consistent; it will make for an easier experience. If the app kept the same navigational paradigms as the website, it would be much easier to use.

Take away: Always keep the functionality of your product’s navigation cross platform the same. It will make the experience consistent.


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