A Practical Guide to Information Architecture (Five Simple by Donna Spencer

By Donna Spencer

If you're an internet site clothier, intranet supervisor or an individual with no a lot details structure adventure, this booklet solutions all these questions you have been afraid to ask.

Drawing on her a long time event of training and instructing info structure, Donna Spencer courses you thru a few uncomplicated steps to higher IA and leaves you feeling empowered and ready to run your individual IA initiatives. even if it's setting up content material, offering transparent descriptions or methods for individuals to get to them, this publication is armed with sensible recommendation and examples.

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But you need to know and work within them. Chapter summary Before starting a project, you’ll need to find out all about the context of the project, including: • What the project goals are. These may already be defined, or you may need to help figure them out. • The technology you will be using, what it does well and what it does poorly. • Any existing design constraints and requirements you have to work within. • The culture of the organisation, and how will you be allowed to communicate with people.

Some offer a series of navigation templates you’ll need to work with. Some are easy to customise to do what you want, and some can be harder or more expensive. If you’re not a technical person, talk with folks who are. Ask them to explain the basics of how the system stores the content and how pieces of content are displayed on a page. Every system is different, so it’s hard for me to tell you exactly what to look out for and learn. But when you know the basics, keep checking whether the ideas you have for the information architecture can work within the system you are using.

As an Internet Strategist I discovered the power of communicating design as means of articulating a vision for online destinations. The lessons I’ve learned, of starting with the user, being active in my community, and communicating information design, are valuable not just professionally but in all aspects of my life. ” 26 Leslie Dann Lead interaction designer (LBi) and Video producer (Cruz Dann Productions) “I studied graphic design at the University of Cincinnati and soon found I was more interested in the initial phase of projects – understanding the content, information and communication strategy – rather than the visual design phase.

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