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Originally posted by SkepticOverlord
SEPTEMBER, 30 UPDATE
We have a rather radical departure from previous ATS UI structure for our members to review.
It looks like this...
A persistent left-side menu column that remains fixed throughout all pages and scrolling.
You can review a functioning page prototype here:
Left-Side ATS Menu
(it's not yet designed to be fully responsive across all screens)
This menu system also incorporates some subtle feedback (the little hash marks) as to which menu options automatically load new content into the current page.
The page should be also be blindingly fast. The menu has images, but there are no graphics (and it's not an icon font).
I really (no really) like this from a UI standpoint. All current research into user interactions with cross-screen information (same site on phones, tablets, desktops) is pointing toward sidebar menu systems, and away from top-of-page menus. Please spend some time playing with the available pages, and let me know if this radical change is something that will benefit our users.