Thanks to everyone that sent along screen shots and comments about the “Make Your Own Catalog Mockup.” There seemed to be universal support for dropping the Summon Search bar in the catalog and adding the website navigation, but the crowd was mixed on the Catalog navigation. I’ve included each screen option below with the catalog navigation both on and off.
For the folks who wanted the catalog navigation, if the search bar was on every screen in the catalog, would the catalog navigation be necessary? I ask because then all of the links would be duplicated:
Figure 1A: Catalog home with catalog navigation
Figure 1B: Catalog home without catalog navigation
Figure 2A: Keyword Results with catalog navigation
Figure 2B: Keyword Results without catalog navigation
Figure 3A: Title Results with catalog navigation
Figure 3B: Title Results without catalog navigation
My vote is that we move toward the mockups 1B, 2B, and 3B in the near future, since the contents of the catalog navigation are duplicated everywhere else.
The links on the homepage also received mixed support. I’d love to hear more thoughts on this!