Today’s Web: collaboration between design, interaction, and IA

We are now in a “stage of Web-evolution where it is clear that a good Web-experience is the result of mutual collaboration between presentation, interaction, and organization considerations.”

From: Wroblewski, Luke (2002), Site-Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web-Usability, New York: Hungry Minds, p.12

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Today’s Web: collaboration between design, interaction, and IA

We are now in a “stage of Web-evolution where it is clear that a good Web-experience is the result of mutual collaboration between presentation, interaction, and organization considerations.”

From: Wroblewski, Luke (2002), Site-Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web-Usability, New York: Hungry Minds, p.12

Page hierarchy

“We use visual relationships to add more or less visual weight to
our elements. Visual weight can be loosely defined as the degree
to which an element demands our attention and keeps our
interest.” (aka visual hierarchy)

Content

  1. page title
  2. subsection title
  3. embedded link
  4. supplementary info

Navigation

  1. Location indicator
  2. top level menu options
  3. subnavigation options
  4. trace route (breadcrumbs)

Supportive

  1. Site identifier
  2. site-wide utilities
  3. footer information (poracy, security, content and
    copyright info)

From: Wroblewski, Luke (2002), Site-Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web-Usability, New York: Hungry Minds, p.160

Web standards

  1. All web pages should contain: title, site-identifier with link to
    home page, update date, navigation, contact, content p.120
  2. Standards “allow graceful degradation” apparently goes back to Jeffrey
    VEEN, The Art and Science of Web Design, 2000, New Riders
  3. Why it’s good to stick to conventions and difficult to create new
    communicational clues p.94 (sidebar)

From: Wroblewski, Luke (2002), Site-Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web-Usability, New York: Hungry Minds

Webmarks

Analogy to landmark, i.e. objects in the website that give you a sense of direction; [webmarks] “can serve as visual clues to jog your memory and let you know you’re on the right track when you try to find content you have located before.”

From: Wroblewski, Luke (2002), Site-Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web-Usability, New York: Hungry Minds, p.60

Sensible navigation

“Any useful system for finding your way around, whether in a Web-Site or a city, should allow you to backtrack, plot your next move, and understand your position.”

From: Wroblewski, Luke (2002), Site-Seeing: A Visual Approach to Web-Usability, New York: Hungry Minds, p.48