Delete Your Menu

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I had a wonderful conversation with Leon Paternoster today about minimalism in web design.

I had suggested that a good way to simplify a home page was to put the main navigation into a css drop-down structure and stick it up in the corner.

He pointed out that you lose usability by doing that. I completely agree. Then I found Jakob Nielsen’s article, Is Navigation Useful? and I began to question the legitimacy of a main menu altogether.

Have you seen the menu on Useit? I hadn’t either. That’s because there isn’t one. I never noticed it because I never needed it.

Nielsen points out that users look at the content and they search. That’s all you need.

Update: Fixed old links