IA heuristics (comes handy for review)
- Does the site structure match the tasks to be performed by the user?
- Does the apparent site complexity and functionality match the intended user need?
- Is the structure designed so as reduce the total number of navigational steps needed to reach the desired page?
- Are frequently needed and critical pages located near the top of the site structure, requiring a small number of clicks from the homepage?
- Does the structure convey an appropriate metaphor that facilitates user’s understanding of the site?
- Do the navigational labels provide meaningful, unambiguous summary of the pages?
- Do the labels use familiar and consistent terminology?
- Are the labels distinct from one another?
- Do important keywords stand out in the labels?
- Does the site promote learning of the location of pages in the site structure?
- Does site design build on our prior learning and experience of the intended users?
- Does the layout of the navigation facilitate visual scanning by the user?
- Do the number of pages per navigation level and the number of levels in the site structure optimise navigation time?
- Has random or arbitrary ordering of pages on a particular level in the site structure been avoided?
- Are pages on a particular level presented in a logical order to facilitate scanning?
- Are pages on a particular level ordered to reveal structure and relationships among them?
- Does the order of pages agree with the user’s expected ordering?
From Volkside: 17 guidelines for better information architecture…from 1991