Novel use of inpage navigation
Apart from the obvious highly attractive visual design of the site (or is it a page?), the fact is that Tanya Merone’s entire site is on just one page is quite novel, at least in this day and age.
Looking at the top navigation, you’d be forgiven for thinking that’s they are at least twelve pages on the site. But not so!
I really love the elegant simplicity of Tanya’s use of the inpage or “within” page links to navigate around the page, but don’t worry, I don’t think that it spells the end of information architecture just yet.
However, it does force us to give a little more thought into what exactly we need in terms of design and how we should present content on your page (known as information design). We need to ask if we’re designing in more complexity than we need and, if so, for what purpose? Perhaps, like in Tanya’s case, all we need is a one page site. It certainly makes for easier maintenance and need not limit our content or our creativity.
Beautiful branding versus web standards: no compromise
For someone who dabbles in a bit of XHTML and CSS from time to time, the most gratifying thing for me is to see is that Tanya’s design is underpinned by web standards (i.e. XHTML for document structure and CSS for presentation and layout). It clearly demonstrates that strong visual design need not be compromised by web standards or accessibility.
Plays nice with printers
Unlike many sites that look great on screen but print terribly, Tanya’s site prints really well too. Again, this is possible through good coding with web standards and a separate print CSS file. In short, she’s thought of everything. Kudos too to what I think is probably the best printer friendly icon ever!
is a simple, unobtrusive script used to overlay images on a page
Although Jakob Nielsen clearly frowns on the use of inpage links, I say “poppycock!”, go visit tanyamerone.com for some design inspiration.