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Transcript of Information Architecture
Design around employee/user needs
Build for future growth or change using sorting, taxonomies & tagging
If search is not available, improve navigation
Don't keep on adding stuff w/o asking 'should it go there or will people actually find it.'
Test it Web: State of Things Today Information Architecture In our own corner of the universe:
Difficult to find content on our websites
Difficult to orient oneself to the organization or its parts Information Architecture can help What is It? User Personas Who will use your site? Taxonomies & Tags What is a Taxonomy? Resources Do You Need a Taxonomy Strategy? Information architecture (IA) is the foundation for great web design. It is the blueprint of the site upon which all other aspects are built Info Architecture defines the
areas of a website based on it's
use by a specific audience.. Design for Finding Base design on how people work, think or look for things. Enable a usable & functional search. Test with your audiences & adjust as necessary. Card sorts help you find topics & rank their importance When in doubt, people will use the search Paper prototype testing (see left) early on saves time & money in design. Final usability testing should focus on successfully testing top 5 identified uses for site Design for Growth Don't do this: Insert example of a website that has a lot of lists and sub-lists
Clearly shows that content is piled onto pages the way papers can be piled on top of a desk. Designers kept on adding
pages & sub-pages without a
way to search for individual
topics or titles. "Back button maze" Why are They Helpful? Employees Managers New Employees Contractors First Line Managers Senior & Executives Once you've identified your audiences test your
site & it's content with each one A taxonomy is a structured collection of terms, generally hierarchical, that is used for both classification and navigation. Finance FSO NPS AP What are Tags? Document Tags are values assigned to content that help make them findable with a search or navigation Develop-ment Budget HR Users can assign their own tags to content to help build user driven 'tag clouds.' The help users find content more easily.
They help site administrators organize content better! http://www.ikmagazine.com/xq/asp/sid.0/articleid.E4F31EEC-FB65-413A-A24B-13AA6ACDD12D/eTitle.Do_you_need_a_taxonomy_strategy_A_primer_on_information_architecture_and_taxonomy_development/qx/display.htm Why I.A. Matters https://webgate.ec.europa.eu/fpfis/mwikis/ThinkTank/index.php/Information_Architecture#Why_Information_Architecture_Matters Usability Checklist http://www.usereffect.com/topic/25-point-website-usability-checklist a primer Helpful Alert Helpful Hint: You can apply tags & taxonomies to bits of content to make them searchable & arrangeable by subject Example Site: Using Taxonomy & Tagging http://edaward.org/ This site uses tags & taxonomies to organize content: http://edaward.org/ Stay tuned for the sequel.... Exploring Content Management Systems (CMSs)