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This is the first in a series of posts from Melissa Mandelbaum, designer at Percolate, about lessons to be found in architectural principles for product designers.
Here she focuses on the notion of circulation within buildings as it relates to navigation within apps: a building’s given method of circulation—stairs, elevator—directly impacts how we use the building, e.g., stairs might inhibit moving upwards, where an elevator might make it likelier that heavier objects are brought into the building. She relates how she applied those ideas to deciding between “hamburger” navigation and tab navigation for Percolate.+