By Donna Spencer
If you're an internet site fashion designer, intranet supervisor or anyone with out a lot info structure event, this ebook solutions all these questions you have been afraid to ask.
Drawing on her decades event of training and educating details structure, Donna Spencer courses you thru a few easy 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, supplying transparent descriptions or methods for individuals to get to them, this ebook is armed with sensible recommendation and examples.
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This IA is just the same as it is for everything else. Everything in this book (except navigation design) is just as relevant for these examples as it is for websites and intranets. Figure 4 – 6. Stanza allows access to books by authors and groups Figure 4 – 7. Foursquare arranges functions into four groups (at the bottom) then some into further groups 36 Chapter summary IA is not just for websites and intranets, and is relevant to: • Anything with a menu: Software, web applications and mobile applications • Applications that collect or process a lot of data • Any system that involves classification of information • Mobile applications Figure 4 – 8.
It took a lot of negotiation and relationship management. I also made myself the ‘go-to man’ for usability and IA. Call it shameless self-promotion, or just being eager, but within an organisation that had no knowledge of, let alone expertise in, the field of IA, it was important to make it visible, tangible and valuable (that is, demonstrating value). 25 A Practical Guide to Information Architecture ~ Who does IA? Coming from the technical perspective had obvious benefits – such as knowing how feasible it was to build a certain design – but also some that were not so obvious.
Now I’m not saying you all do this, but I’ve worked on enough projects where I’ve been told, “We’re using horizontal navigation and have space for five categories”, with no consideration for what is really needed. If you’re a graphic designer and have been asked to design navigation without being given an IA, please push back. Ask for it to be done (or even if you can do it) first. Web developers Just like graphic designers, the job of designing the IA is often left to the front-end web developer.