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Left navigation vs. right navigation
While redesigning Audi's main websites, Razorfish did an extensive test of left navigation vs. right navigation. The results showed that:

- There was no significant difference in completion times between the two navigation types for any task.
- People tended to focus more on the content with a right navigation than with a left navigation.
- Users were apathetic towards the navigation position.

In the light of the study James Kalbach from Razorfish concludes that "Don Norman's concept of affordance - the perceived properties of a thing that determine how it is to be used - seems to be a better predictor of usability than conforming to standards or matching patterns to user expectations. With the Audi site, it is clear what is navigation and what is not. Users can build a pattern of interaction with the site immediately."

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The article Challenging the Status Quo: Audi Redesigned

Hernrik Olsen | June 17, 2002

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