Semantic structure of information within a website, desktop application etc.

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Online courses: Open structure versus Closed structure

I'm building a simple course platform that uses content like articles and videos as the building blocks of the course. You have to learn the content in a chronological order to make sure you ...
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Pros/Cons of placing Login/Account in line with the main nav bar?

Currently our navigational header is mostly left side and central of page, account is on upper right. A proposed design shows the account moved down, into the main nav bar. There's some space in ...
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Customers with multiple locations

We've been creating an admin portal; the user of the portal would only be the staff at the company as this will be an internal tool. The issue we've run into is that we have conflicting opinions on ...
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Multiple Nested Views in Profile: Enterprise Business Application

I'm modernizing an enterprise level business application that currently does not have a graphical user interface, it's a CHUI. The application has a customer profile screen with a persistent profile ...
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Multilevel Navigation - Enterprise Application

I'm offering a design solution for an enterprise level applications navigation system. Currently the user can navigate by drilling through a series of parent and child menus. There are up to 5 levels ...
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When is redirecting to a “Success” page necessary?

When is it necessary to redirect a user to another page after submitting a form versus just being on the same page but with a "success" message on top? Is this appropriate for small forms like ...
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Where to redirect after inviting someone?

We have 3 states for Users: Active, Invited and Disabled. Each user with the specific state is broken into a different tab. For example: download bmml source – Wireframes created with ...
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Should folksonomy tags be governed or not?

When we organize content it can be done in a hierarchy information model or a flat information model. The flat model is sometimes implemented by the use of metadata in the form of tags. Tags put ...
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Folders and Tagging pattern for a shared files?

I'm developing a user interface for an enterprise product that has programs that are created, run, and shared by members of an organization (i.e. a company). I want users to be able to easily find ...
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Mapping “Reports” under Master Web Application having multiple products

There is web based application which has bad experience issues with reports and mapping. Currently application is mixture of 4 different products and they provide service to customer as per needs. ...
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How to design hierarchical content of large volume

I am working on a large intranet site, and there is lots of hierarchical content. I am having some trouble in balancing between the depth and breadth of the whole content. What do I do, can someone ...
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How do I indicate that clicking a button will remove their search results?

This is about a complicated application that holds 50 years of archived data. Some things are illogical and we can't change it because it's stuck in 50 years of rusted customs. But slowly I'll try and ...
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What Comes After PDFs? [closed]

I do IA for a large manufacturer. Our product catalog has over 500,000 items in it. Each product has at least two PDF documents associated with it. So, at a minimum, we've got a million PDFs in the ...
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Information Architecture vs Customer Journey Map vs Service Blueprint

I understand Customer Journey Map (CJM) is relevant when the need is for uplifting/designing the customer experience, ideally through a persona lens across multiple touchpoints. On the other hand, ...
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How should empty details in master detail grid be displayed?

If I hide the captions for empty information and rearrange the elements, it is harder to check for details. If the caption is displayed, it is also confusing to read. (especially if there is another ...
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What is the best way of displaying nested categories with very long names?

I'm creating a website that is going to contain a lot of structured information (material for passing the final high school exams in Israel) The information has already been structured into ...
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User Flow for Multiple Types of Professional Users

For the website of a manufacturing company that markets to both B2B and B2C, my team is creating a "Professionals" section to provide resources to the professional markets that we serve. (Our website ...
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Is the folder structure dying?

In our digital world we have previously been forced to know the location of digital content. The obvious one being the local hard drive or a shared file server where sometimes extreme structures have ...
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How do I handle duplicate content in the site structure?

I'm working on the information architecture of a new website and have an issue about duplicate content. I'm looking at having 3 main sections where users would go into 1 of the 3 sections depending ...
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Design patterns for unstructured storage and search of information

The prevalence of tags seems to have helped drive a trend towards unstructured storage of information, and instead supporting unstructured or intelligent search features to help retrieve stored ...
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Non-Linear Site/App Navigation

I'm looking for examples, or guidance otherwise on a good model to implement navigation for an application who's data is not linear or hierarchical. A few examples ... hierarchical information ...
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How to prevent too generic categorisation in card sorting

I'm doing a card sorting for an ecommerce of beauty and wellness products and services. I prepared a list of cards which are not too specific and not too generic. For example, I have some cards like - ...
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Information architecture for a restaurant menu for a mobile application

I'm currently designing a mobile application (android) for ordering food. The purpose of the application would be similar to the justeat app. The biggest challenge as yet is structuring the menu and ...
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Why the material controls are displayed on top?

I'm working on a new web application specifically designed for android devices and consequently it needs to be based on the Material principles though this question is about IA in general not only the ...
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Information architecture for supermarket website

I'm working on a website (responsive) for a supermarket. I'm thinking about the best way to provide a structured navigation both on mobile and desktop. How would you organize the navigation? I've ...
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Alternate term for customised version of a document

We are currently using the word "Localisation" (sometimes "Localization") to mean a child version of a document (or folder) that has been then customised to fit a specific situation. In this case ...
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Home page content for a data aggregator website?

We're creating a data aggregator site for different activities one can do in our city. We're not sure of what to include and what not to on our front page. Right now we have a big search function on ...
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What is the difference between Categories, Keywords, Labels and Tags?

Is there a standard way of using Categories, Keywords and Tags in the context of blogs, websites and web applications? I am not sure if it is a case of these being equivalent of synonyms in some ...
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What is the difference between Keywords, Tags and Controlled Vocab

I am designing a website that every article in it is related somehow with other articles ... I attend to do the relation by tagging the articles .. but some of the team suggested to do the relation ...
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Does duplicate content/links make content more findable?

We're having a bit of a disagreement of where certain content belongs on our company's website. We have an Events page, where upcoming events are listed. However, this page was traditionally for ...
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Best way to inform users about file updates for items that are updated weekly?

We have a central repository (static website) that catalogs various icons and graphic templates our customers need to create their products. The user can go to the site and pick and download what they ...
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How could a webpage containing multiple tables be displayed effectively?

I am designing a user management tool where users will be made up of several groups. Each group has its own table, but the table headings need to be sticky. Example of a table with a sticky header ...
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Examples of products that have 2 areas / sets of login details

Take the scenario of a Point of Sale system, like Square. There is a 'hub' account that is logged in all day from the tablet, that all employees use to make transactions. Every employee then also ...
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Using QR codes to record results of card sorting exercise

I have seen that OptimalSort gives an option to add barcodes to cards. However, this requires paying for OptimalSort and purchasing a barcode scanner. There are many free apps for reading QR codes. ...
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How to present boring facts that aren't really suitable for an infographic in an interesting way?

For an internal company wiki I want to write down/present some basic information regarding web development/design/UI & UX. For example have I collected some studies and opinions on how links ...
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Alternate name for “Resources” section of a website

Simple question regarding labeling, I have a "Resources" section on a website that contains instruction manuals, technical specification documents and such. It also contains a couple of forms to ...
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Registration Forms: One Long Form vs Many Short Forms. Who wins? [duplicate]

The answers I've seen to this question all have to do with the Wizard Pattern. Sure this works for some people, but When it comes down to it, whether you are hand-holding or not. I'd like to know ...
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Labels for cards in card sorting session

I'm working on a redesign of an ecommerce. Right now I'm thinking about IA. I thought it could be a good idea to run a Card sorting session to discover what are the best labels to use and how to ...
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The Hamburger Menu and Classical Conditioning [duplicate]

I know that the hamburger menu is not the ideal way to show information since users do not always know what the three lines mean (and it can lead to poor information architecture). However, since so ...
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Sidebars - How useful are they?

We're considering putting information in sidebars and are wondering how useful they are or do users simply ignore them? The project in question is for a heavy content news site.
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Best way to setup search for large amounts of PDFs etc

My first post here and hoping to get some useful insight and feedback. I'm working on a redesign project (UX & IA) for a local gov't client with a large amount of PDF documents. One of the project ...
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How does displaying/hiding prices impact conversion?

So I am retooling a page for a company that offers tiered pricing packages based on the number of users for our software. Small business = $x/mo kind of thing. Does anyone have any conversion data or ...
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What makes a form field mandatory?

In a Web form I have a question to which an answer needs to exist, so that a result can be shown to the user. It's about the users family status (single, family). Because there is a majority of users ...
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How to handle multilanguage when most of the contents will be available in one language only?

We are designing a large institutional website with lots of content. The site will be in Spanish, but the client needs some of the content to be available in English as well. Most of the content, ...
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Help with defect issue system

I have a brief where I have to build a system that helps engineers identify defects on a building site. The engineer specifies where the defect is on a floor plan, what the issue is and invites ...
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Good alternatives for replacing multiple nested modal dialogs?

Having a mature and good-selling Windows desktop application, we are focusing on improving the user experience for the next release. One thing that I try is to get rid of multiple nested modal dialog ...
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Surveillance System Builder Utility

I'm trying to redesign a utility that allows the user to estimate what kind of DVR they need based on the type/amount of camera(s) they need. It filters out Video Recorders models based on the ...
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Best UX approach to redesign the information architecture of a website?

I'm going to get started on a new project mainly focused on information architecture. The IA of the site I'll work on is extremely messy, complicated and not logical at all. We need to completely ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of hiding sub-levels of navigation ref. DIY.com?

I'm specifically referring to DIY.com here and I have not seen this type of navigation before (have you?) My question(s) is(are) this: what are the reasons why www.DIY.com have hidden some of their ...