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Spring’15 Class notes: Day 17 – Navigation design, information architecture, card sorting.

24 Mar

Learning Objectives:

At the end of class, students will be able to:

 

  1. Explain the 3 questions that navigation must answer at all times (Where am I? Where have I been? Where do I go from here?)
  2. Apply the 3 questions to critique existing interfaces
  3. Define “Information Architecture” (IA)
  4. Recognize and create IAs using different organization logics (task-based, audience-based, topical, life-event, etc.)
  5. Solve IA problems using card sorting

Here is a version of the slides we used in class:

Information Architecture & Navigation

11 Mar

Learning Objectives:

At the end of class, students will be able to:

  1. Explain the 3 questions that navigation must answer at all times

  2. Apply the 3 questions to critique existing interfaces

  3. Define “Information Architecture” (IA)

  4. Recognize and create IAs using different organization logics (task-based, audience-based, topica, life-event, etc.)

  5. Solve IA problems using card sorting

The mini lecture used the slides below. You then engaged in one lab exercise that identified how some major sites answer the 3 main navigation questions, and in a lab activity that used card sorting to propose a better IA for this course.