Hello there, I'm working on the menu with one main level and three nested. Design sketch here Does anyone have experience or ideas in solving similar problems?
You might find this breakdown of Amazon's mega-menu useful. http://bjk5.com/post/44698559168/breaking-down-amazons-mega-dropdown
Wow, how have I never seen this before? This is an awesome exploration, thanks for sharing! What a unique solution and explanation of something I use every day, but never thought of.
You might look into doing a Card Sort. They can really flush out the way people interperate the 'buckets' you come up with. Try letting the participants come up with their own 'buckets' and see where the participants overlap...those are probably the ones you should use.
I did a crazy ass menu a few years ago. I was tasked with getting entire product catalog (over 350 items) – accessible from one menu item. There was no talking them out of it... Coincidentally, this is why I decided to get out of client work.
That menu took me 8 iterations to get right. I ended up with something somewhat similar to what you show:
A menu that was 900px wide, tabbed in the main product categories. Then in each category a sub-category drilldown that was two levels deep, then a 2 column list of the products.
I grayed-out the site when the thing was visible, because it was so busy.
That said, navigation like this is a bad idea. It would be much better to send a user to a filter/browse interface, which most sane companies do.
I love how these guys handled a responsive mega menu: http://wellington.govt.nz/
Thanks, this case is really great! I though about implementing a transition to nested elements with back button.
I thought this was a really interesting idea.. https://www.dropbox.com/s/7w3fjpexkepyw9k/Wonderbread.pdf