Archive for the ‘Design Tools’ Category

IA diagrams on Flickr

Tuesday, July 1st, 2008
flickrbutton The diagrams that have appeared on this site are now in a Flickr set here.The set will grow, but I hope to use it as a basis to help educate/enlighten clients in what IA is and what it can offer them.

The what, when and why of wireframes

Thursday, June 26th, 2008

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I recently presented at a conference on the humble wireframe and thought it would be a good idea to run through some key points. I have also noted that some feel the wireframe is dead, though if anything its more alive now than ever. Pay heed to 37 signal’s take on the subject…

If a wireframe document is destined to stop and never directly become the actual design, don’t bother doing it. If the wireframe starts as a wireframe and then morphs into the actual design, go for it.

User paths for conversion – elements in engagement

Tuesday, June 17th, 2008

 

 

clip_image002   This image was shown during Peter Moville’s talk about IA 3.0. What is interesting about it is how he linked this to Christopher Alexander’s text about design in architecture and also Peter Merholz’s essay Metadata for the Masses. In which he highlights ‘desire lines’ how paving is built once you see the paths that people tread.

If we look at online behaviour, user paths give us a solid idea of routes to content, where they return to and where they tend to go next. Human behaviour tends to follow patterns, see this article about mobile phone usage for an example of how predictable we tend to be. (more…)

IA and its changing general dynamics

Thursday, May 1st, 2008

 

milan   Mathew Milan – The Information Architect and the Fighter Pilot

If you click the image to the left you will go to a response to the presentation by Mathew Milan, that contains the presentation slides with audio and numerous comments from readers beneath it.

From my point of view this was the most thought provoking of the presentations because it touches on elements of my design education, that of reflective practice. But it is really important because of the ramifications of Milan’s observations, and the ensuing discussions

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IA collaboration – two heads can be better

Saturday, March 1st, 2008

 

IAcollab   Two months ago I wrote about a case study, how it was implemented and what the results were. I thought I would go into the detail of the information architecture and how collaboration with my colleague helped us reach a successful conclusion to the project.

 

I was extremely fortunate to be working alongside a taxonomist, Rachel Hammond. We were sat beside each other and interacted continuously on the same project daily. This made for an extremely good collaborative working environment.

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Concept models explained – Dan Brown from EightShapes at IXDA

Saturday, February 23rd, 2008

 

Dan Brown at IXDA The most popular post on this blog is about concept models and recently Dan Brown talked at the IXDA conference on the subject. He effectively walks through the chapter of his book, giving an in-depth talk on what they are and why you should use them. Its 37 minutes but well worth it, here.
I have used concept models for a year on 7 large projects and I personally think they are the most valuable design deliverable. Basically its because all other steps in designing a site fall out from this in-depth analysis.

Some interesting points of note from the talk were about collaboration and buy-in, which are so key to the success of any project.

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User stories or Personas?

Friday, February 22nd, 2008

Some have a dislike of personas, as they are too much of a cute fit, a caricature, nothing more than stereotypes of your user base. I agree with this in some respects, personas that are not grounded in qualitative, ethnographic research are misleading and potentially damaging to a project. (more…)