Archive for the 'Information Architecture' topic

August UIE Virtual Seminar: Register for Faceted Search, Get the Book for Free

Announcing our next UIE Virtual Seminar – Faceted Search: Designing Your Content, Navigation, and User Interface with Pete Bell and Daniel Tunkelang. Daniel is offering a free copy of his book Faceted Search with every registration. People come to your site to get the information they need, by exploring, discovering, and making comparisons. You want them to successfully […]

Wondering What UIE’s Research Says About Designing for Search?

There’s lots to say about Search and how to best design for it. Folks often reach out to our own Jared Spool for his thoughts and sage advice on Search. Want to know what he has to say? Jared will be presenting at our July 9 UIE Virtual Seminar – Search, Scent, and the Happiness […]

UIEtips article: Producing Great Search Results — Harder than It Looks, Part 1

When you study how designs get made as much as we have, you start to notice something: good design is directly related to effort. Good design takes a lot of work. Bad design, as the bumper sticker says, “it just happens.” You won’t find this to be any more true than in the design of […]

UIEtips: Designing for Faceted Search

If you’re like me, (and hopefully you’re not,) you have books and magazines scattered all over your house. For reasons I can’t completely explain, I always want reading material in arms reach, so I’ve haphazardly distributed my library in every possible room. There’s even reading material in the bathroom. (I once bumped into the editor of my favorite magazine […]

New Ways to Think about Taxonomy: The Role of Taxonomies in Your Organization

Our May 7 UIE Virtual Seminar is right around the corner.  If you are struggling with how to organize a vast amount of information for your users, then you’re not going to want to miss this UIE Virtual Seminar. UIE Virtual Seminar New Ways to Think about Taxonomy: The Role of Taxonomies in Your Organization […]

More on Breadcrumbs as a Design Cop-Out

My article, Design Cop-out #2: Breadcrumbs, is one of the most controversial I’ve written in recent years. People either agree completely or think I’ve gone off the deep end. When people disagree, it’s often because they think I’m suggesting that we stop putting breadcrumbs in our designs. I’m not suggesting this at all. I’ve defined […]

UIEtips: Design Cop-out #2 – Breadcrumbs

We’ve received some interesting comments about last week’s article on site maps as design cop-outs. Christian & Michael both asked: Why is it a cop-out to provide a site map anyway? Christian explained that they are easy to create and maintain, so what’s the big deal? It’s a good question. While creating a site map […]

UIEtips: The Site Map – An Information Architecture Cop-Out

The design process is filled with tradeoffs. We have to decide what functions are in and what functions are left on the cutting room floor. We have to decide how we’re going to present the functions to the user and what we’re going to hide from them. And we have to decide what problems we’re […]

UIE Virtual Seminar: The Scent of a Web Page: The Five Types of Navigation Pages

We’ve got another great UIE Virtual Seminar coming up: The Scent of a Web Page: The Five Types of Navigation Pages Date: July 17th, 2008 — 1pm ET / Noon CT / 11am MT / 10am PT You work hard providing top-notch content on your site. Will your users find it? If they don’t find […]

SpoolCast: Followup Q&A from The Scent of Information

Brian Christiansen and I recorded a special episode comprised entirely of questions from our customers. Last week, we held the UIE Virtual Seminar: The Scent of Information: Getting Users to Their Content. During the seminar, we received far more questions than time would allow answering. As is tradition, we put together this follow-up podcast to answer even more of your excellent questions.