Possible “Programs” User Experience Problem

Hi Tiffany

As I continue to work on the program pages, I have become concerned that visitors to our program pages might not notice the availability of the “sub menu” in the navigation links (to be perfectly honest, I did not realize the links were there until a month or two into working on the site content).

Example to illustrate the potential problem from a user’s perspective below – notice that the “text area” is below the sub-navigation menu (People, Research, Publications, Additional Resources) in a narrow screen view (tablet, phone, etc)

I am thinking we would do well to provide our visitors with some kind of icon in the main text area.

In contrast the Experimental Forests have sub-page navigation in the text area:


Do you think we could have something similar for the programs, linking to “People,” “Research,” “Publications,” and “Additional Resources?”

I had also considered adding a set of small, hotlinked icons instead, such as:

https://d30y9cdsu7xlg0.cloudfront.net/png/830575-200.png for “Publications”

https://thenounproject.com/term/people/670317/ for “People”

https://thenounproject.com/term/research/686724 for “Research”

https://d30y9cdsu7xlg0.cloudfront.net/png/716887-200.png or https://d30y9cdsu7xlg0.cloudfront.net/png/711973-200.png for “Other”



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About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

Posted on March 10, 2017, in Uncategorized, USFS Research. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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