Four Primary Navigational Structures Used in Multimedia
Here’s a guide for designing and producing the project.
Once planning is complete and the client has approved a multimedia project, it is time to actually design and produce the project. The design phase should follow the plan. However, changes will inevitably occur. To produce an effective multimedia project that meets the original goals, a methodical approach to design and production must be taken.
Vaughan’s General Rule for Interface Design!
“The best user interface demands the least learning effort.”
There are four fundamental organizing structures
Linear – Users navigate sequentially, from one frame of information to another.
Hierarchical – Users navigate along the branches of a tree structure that is shaped by the natural logic of the content. It is also called linear with branching.
Nonlinear – Users navigate freely through the content, unbound by predetermined routes.
Composite – Users may navigate non-linearly, but are occasionally constrained to linear presentations.