Psst! Come with me. I will lead you to a magic land where everything is possible. Wave your wand and you can fly, vanish, turn into a wizard or travel in time.
This is the world in your computer, virtual unreality, the realm of web and blog design. Here you can give free rein to your creativity, conjure up your own kingdom and wander wherever you fancy.
…Oops! Wait a minute. Before you put on your web designer’s or blog writer’s hat and prepare to disappear into your creative neverland, a word of warning. As in all magic countries, there is one thing you must never do. Well, quite a lot actually, but one thing in particular.
Don’t mess with the signposts.
Labels are important. Get too creative with the navigation in your web or blog pages, and you and your visitors are liable to get lost.
As Viki Nygaard says in her blog about web design Learn to do it Right:
‘…it’s important to use caution when straying from what’s familiar. This especially holds true when it comes to web site terminology. People have become accustomed to using certain words and phrases to describe specific web site elements. When you change them in an effort to be clever or creative, the end result is most often confusion…’