Navigating gdgt just got a whole lot easier!
For the last few months we've feverishly debated the core interaction and navigation principles that will take gdgt into the future -- and that will make possible some of the awesome new features we'll be rolling out in 2012. The new nav is the result of a lot of iteration and a not so small amount of long-term soul-searching about what gdgt should be when it grows up (which is part of the reason why a few weeks ago we consolidated our "gadgets" section into the reviews section). This new nav also happens to be our first static (i.e. non-scrolling) navigation, which is pretty neat.
What's it mean for you? Well, now you'll have absurdly easy access to posting a review, question, or discussion from anywhere on the site, as well as a quick way to check your gdgt RP throughout the day, and improved search results with product icons (as we rolled out on the reviews page a few weeks back). In the future we'll also be working to do stuff like fit in activity alerts so you can get the latest updates on your reviews and threads as you use the site.
Props to Mike and Aaron who spearheaded this project. We'd love to know what you think!
I'd prefer it scroll up with the page, but if it's here to stay, I'd at least appreciate a little visual differentiation between it and the rest of the page. A simple shadow would suffice, or perhaps fade the content to white as it scrolls up and under the bar?
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There's a problem displaying it on the iPhone though (presumably, on other small screens as well) - when you're zoomed and not all of the nav-bar fits in display, there's no way to scroll to the part that's not showing (besides zooming out).
Just another reason why a mobile site/app is needed ;)
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