Splunk’s ginormous fat footer re-imagined for quick scanability.
When fat footers end-up being similar to our junk drawers (ahem, I have some too), the link collection can be so big that it is impossible for your visitors to scan quickly. An overstuffed footer breaks the whole reason for a fat footer in the first place, which is a safety net… guiding the user if they are not interested in the content presented above, they might still get curious about what else is on the bottom of the page and keep them on the site. But when a fat footer is longer than a full computer screen, it needs to be re-architected into a new fit footer.
Take a look at the before and proposed after example of Splunk’s fat footer – it’s 60% the height of the current footer while re-architecting a similar list of links utilizing an open/close plus sign (+) to reveal more links:
Here is a closer look at the proposed fit footer (see current Splunk site for comparison):