Posts Tagged ‘informationArchitecure’

March 16, 2017

“Make sure every click makes the user more confident”

Jared M Spool in Disambiguity conference

Taxonomy questions

October 21, 2015
  1. Purpose: Why? What will the taxonomy be used for?
  2. Users: Who’s using this taxonomy? Who will it affect?
  3. Content: What will be covered by this taxonomy?
  4. Scope: What’s the topic area and limits?
  5. Resources: What are the project resources and constraints?

(Thanks to Heather Hedden, “The Accidental Taxonomist,” p.292)

Cardinal, Ordinal, or Nominal Numbers?

July 3, 2011

A cardinal (or counting) number shows the quantity of something, e.g. 3 apples or 1200 search results

An ordinal number expresses the rank or position of an item in an ordered list or a comparison of items, e.g. 1st in line, 3rd repetition, or 22nd row

A nominal number is used to identify something, similar to a calling name, e.g. a post code or a phone number.


June 21, 2011

5 ways to organise information (Richard Saul Wurman)

L ocation
A lphabetical
T ime
C ategory
H ierarchy

information density

May 9, 2011

Higher information density = less need to move around and higher likelihood that you see what you want.

J Nielsen in Utilize available screen space

IA/UX: Making stuff meaningful

April 9, 2009
    My job is making applications and Web sites meaningful (wow, big word). How does that work?

  • Thinking relevance. I ensure that functionality and content is relevant to what users actually want or is in the scope of what they might want.
  • Thinking logic. I develop a structure that is consistent but does not exclude users with a different view on the content’s organisation.
  • Thinking culture. I explore shared values, ideas, and activities of users in order to create a meaningful digital environment.
  • Thinking narrative. Every product wants to tell a story. I apply that story to the structure, the navigation journeys, and the placement of contextual information.

Information Revolution

January 30, 2009