Research and guidelines for settings, menus and control panels

by Rob Earle   Last Updated January 23, 2018 11:16 AM

I'm currently redesigning a System Settings page, which is a mix of preferences/configuration, functions, control panel and settings menus.

So far I've taken layout inspiration from various control panels and advanced settings, for examples: Amazon mega menu, Firefox browser settings, Windows 10 Settings, MacOS Preferences.

However, I have not been able to find any solid guidelines, user studies or even usability/design comparison articles between settings layouts. Does anybody know of such material? It's not easily searchable.

As a reference, this is the menu I'm redesigning: enter image description here

Each link goes to a separate page, some pages have tabs to split related content. The problem is finding the right navigation method for such a "control panel" flow, as it seems there are no standards and each example has flaws and deficits.

I'm not really looking for pointers on this design as I've already analysed it, but research material or guidelines for these types of pages from which I can gain insight and inspiration would be appreciated.

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