Naview is a navigation preview tool for rapid information architecture prototyping. It helps information architects design and visualise a new navigational structure and aims to bridge the gap between card sorting and IA user testing. Here’s what it looks like:
You can create and edit your information architecture easily in a spreadsheet or a tab-indented text file. You can get a feel for the navigation in just three easy steps:
- Copy and paste your IA into Naview
- Type in your Twitter username
- Click Preview navigation.
Creating your information architecture
Here’s what your information architecture might look like in a spreadsheet application:
Just copy and paste your IA into Naview and you can easily preview the navigation either horizontally or vertically:
Horizontal navigation preview
Vertical navigation preview
Designed for iteration
Naview is designed to be used iteratively – just click Edit navigation to make changes to your information architecture and then Preview navigation to view it again.
Getting a feel for different navigational structures couldn’t be much more simple!
Naview is not limited to website navigation alone and it can be used visualise pretty much any hierarchical structure, or taxonomy.
The example taxonomy above is the Family tree of placental mammals according to molecular phylogenetics from Wikipedia. Here’s a text-only version if you want to try it in Naview yourself:
Atlantogenata Xenarthra Afrotheria Afroinsectiphilia Unnamed Macroscelidea Tubulidentata Paenungulata Hyracoidea Proboscidea Sirenia Boreoeutheria Laurasiatheria Erinaceomorpha Soricomorpha Cetartiodactyla Pegasoferae Pholidota Chiroptera Carnivora Perissodactyla Euarchontoglires Glires Lagomorpha Rodentia Euarchonta Scandentia Dermoptera Primates
We’d love to get your feedback
Please take Naview for a spin and post your suggestions and ideas for improvement below!
3 thoughts on “Naview: Navigation preview tool for rapid IA prototyping”
Neat little tool! It would be great if it were able to split navigation into multiple panels, e.g. like a horizontal nav for the first level and a vert nav for the rest.
Thanks for your feedback Keith! That’s an interesting idea, perhaps something we might address in the future.
Hi all, we have just released the new ‘Kolima’ edition of Naview: http://www.volkside.com/tools/naview/
– You can now share navigation structures with others
– Improved horizontal menu layout, longer labels work better now
– Click-to-expand submenu option
– “White site” preview mode for when you want to focus on the navigation only
There will be a proper blog post about these improvements in due course.
I hope you find Naview useful, please feel free to share your experiences below!
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