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

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Should multiple step forms be arranged vertically or horizontally?

I'm designing a 4 step insurance form. enter details view your quote etc. etc. Someone has asked why have we done vertical steps (i.e. finish step 1 and move onto new page step 2). Now we ...
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Should an alphabetized list of colleges have 'University of' schools under 'U'?

See http://www.collegeanswerz.com/colleges. Right now all the schools that are 'University of' are under 'U'. For example, 'University of Florida' is under 'U' instead of 'F'. Should 'University of ...
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Need help with create “Change History” interface

Looking for some help on an interface I am working. Just to give some background, the basic requirement of this page is that users need to be able to see any edits and changes that have been made by ...
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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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Checkboxes vs. Radio Buttons

Is it appropriate to have a single checkbox on its own? For example, if a user has the option to select an existing employee from a drop down or to create a new employee, I want to add a checkbox next ...
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Greying out or hiding information icons

I've seen a lot of posts here about greying out or hiding controls and menu items, but this question is about greying out or hiding informational icons in a selection list. I'm curious on your ...
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Should we ask browsers to open a link in a new window/tab?

In the past five years more and more people have been advocating abolishing the use of target="_blank". They reason that when people want to open a link in a separate instance they will do so manually ...
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Updating page information - Inline vs selecting edit

I am redesigning an app from scratch, and have a little dilemma on the UX behind updating page information/editing page information. The information can range from profile settings to user pages to ...
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Do I have three levels of content, or can I reduce it to two?

I'm working on overhauling an interface that has two clearly defined levels of navigation, and then one murky level. Clicking on the first level will reveal sub-options which correspond to that ...
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What is the best format to capture addresses for a universal user-base?

What is the best and most usable format to capture address information from a universal user base? I was thinking to have the system detect the country by IP address and have that selected by default, ...
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What is the difference between a sitemap an architectural blueprint and a task flow?

As I understand and so far I have been reading about this, sitemaps would only show pages and relations between them. An architectural blueprint would show pages, pages components and relationships ...
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How to navigate through a type (1 to 5) > a list (1 to many) > a sub page(1 to 10)?

I'm working on a project for an online service provider. We offer multiple report and within each service type the user can have one to many instances of the service. Each instance of each service ...
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What span should a staff “Report Card” cover?

I am tasked to create an enterprise level “Report Card” for help tickets processed by staff. There are a few hundred groups, and so the report would have a user selected parameter to select a group ...
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Multiple sites on the same domain – Good or bad?

So, my client has a website for his brand that is targeted against B2B-consumers, investors and journalists. He now wants to create a second website for a sub brand that is targeted against ...
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Best Way to Handle Quantity & Size

I'm working on a project that helps businesses sell items online. Right now I'm trying to figure out a more intuitive way of handling the sizing and quantity of products. The common use case for ...
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How to avoid repetitive actions in table rows?

We have a table with data and actions on each row like so: Name Email Description Actions James james@gmail.com Desc 1 Edit Export ...
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How is mobile information architecture different from desktop?

I have been trying to find examples on web for information architecture techniques specifically for mobile devices. I realize the steps in getting a IA for any tool mobile/desktop are card sorting, ...
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Dealing with long text filters on search results page

The Challenge Including long text (up to 30 characters) topics in filter UI of search results to allow easy filtering. Existing Considerations Having filters and even faceted searches is nothing ...
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What is Cross-Channel?

Cross-Channel is described in the following way by Mr Andrea Resmini, President of the Information Architecture Institute: Cross-channel offers a different stance from both multi-channel and ...
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Regards to Records in a Table: Long Scrolling versus 1 > 2 > 3

There are some questions that have been asked along this topic; however, I did not find this exact question. I am having a disagreement with the technical architect on my team in regards to how to ...
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When to use Acronyms

The project I'm working on at the moment wants to use the software we're working on as an opportunity to homogenize the use of certain terminology across the whole organization. (To give you an idea, ...
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Which validation error message to use for user form?

Which of these error message should I use for my add/edit user form. (Although I am over thinking this) Background I have various forms around the system where assets can be assigned to specific ...
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Best Approach for Responsive Linked Images from Desktop to Mobile?

I am redesigning a website from the early 90's and trying to make it more "responsive". An issue came up that involves two images on the homepage when viewed on mobile devices. These images are linked ...
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How do you arrive at a information architecture from a mental model?

We have created a mental model for a large website redesign project. We are in the process of mapping content and functionality to task towers. While I understand how it gives an indication of what ...
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How to communicate that an element on a low fidelity wireframe needs color

What is the best way to indicate color on low fidelity wireframe? I'm creating a low fidelity wireframe and I've been instructed to not use any specific colors aside from the basic (the visual ...
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What does an information architect do?

Do they just create site navigations? Or do they have do to more? If so, what are the most important tasks an information architect has to do?
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How should numbers be aligned in a table column?

We have tables that have numbers as data on a few columns. They are not currency numbers that add up to a total but just regular integers. For example, the number of subscribers. Should they be ...
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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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Contact form in a web app for registered users

When someone is not registered (or someone needs not to be, if it is not web app) on a site, then the contact form usually has 3 fields: name sender e-mail message body When the user gets ...
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When a user does something in a way that is not supposed to be done… is it a design error or user error?

One of my users (1 out of 30) is constantly trying to perform actions in a way that are not supposed to be done in that way. For example I have two screens let's call them Screen A, and Screen B. ...
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Should a “Preview” page be a pop-up or on the same page?

We currently have a page that shows a preview of another page (newsletter) on an iFrame the moment the file is uploaded. Is this better versus providing a button that says "Preview", which when ...
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What is the best way to let users read an “important note” before submitting a form?

We have a website where users can book a room and our payment gateway is Paypal. On the payment page, we have a form requiring customer information and at the bottom, we have a button called "Make ...
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UX vs IA core competencies

What core competencies differentiate a User Experience Designer from an Information Architect?
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Removing Admin rights from an Admin user

I am building a system where the users have roles that can change over time. One user can have one or more roles. The roles define access to pages and features. Some of the users will have an Admin ...
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Designing wireframes keeping accessibility guidelines in mind

I am not sure if there is a definite answer to this but I thought I'll just throw it out.... I am working on re-designing a site for an federal organization who also require their site to be ...
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Building trust on a high-value e-commerce site

I'm going to design an information architecture for an online diamond jewelry shop with focus on a diamond ring configurator for a project at university. A questionnaire has identified these customer ...
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Do I need a 'sign post' page?

My company has a product marketing site for our web app. The web app and marketing site have 2 audiences: students/parents and college financial aid admins. The students/parents apply for financial ...
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Multiple-axis content access - Is three dimensions too many?

Referencing previous article: Are multiple entry points good or bad? Our Intranet design has IA and global navigation that is currently based on locating targets along three axes. Content is sparsely ...
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Are mega footers good UX? [duplicate]

I've noticed that several websites — especially universities and web development sites — have recently started placing mega-menus in their footers. Here are some examples of what I ...
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What are the advantages of existing real world patterns in Information Architecture

When explaining real data structures to users, companies often use a parallel to the real world to help explain it. An example is the newsstand on an iPhone. When is it a good idea to do something ...
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Navigation menu with only one drop-down child — intuitive or not?

Here is a website's main navigation: Having sub-navigation on-click is pretty common and irreplaceable: But as a user and designer, I have struggled with the case where there is only one child ...
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Are there any references for useful forum categories?

I am involved in setting up a forum/message board site that will be used for client communications and support. I would like to plan the categories/topics that messages will be posted under. ...
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How should a small team approach the redesign and relaunch a large, complex intranet? [closed]

I'm embarking on a redesign of a corporate intranet. The project will likely result in a complete structural overhaul of the site. However, the project team will be relatively small. This poses a ...
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Should every page in a site have a totally unique H1?

I agree that every page in a site should have a unique TITLE, and that every page should have one and only one H1 element, but should the text of each H1 be completely unique too? Instinctively one ...
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How to best conduct a mobile app features audit?

We're redesigning a pretty heavy app and I've been tasked with creating a list of all of the current available features since they'll all need to be included in the next release. The thing is that ...
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Does an “Other” category on a Help page have any value?

When designing a Help page or FAQ that is broken down into categories, is a category titled "Other" useful, or does it indicate a poor information architecture? Sometimes there are truly items that ...
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Linking items from lists that also contain slide down information

I have a page for a doctor's practice. In the summary page for the practice there is a list of subsections. Some of these sub sections are very large, others can be a paragraph or 2 with a short ...
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How to select a small range from a calendar

I'm developing a website that involves the display of a calendar of events. A calendar that is able to view events for several days interval is what is desired. My crude interpretation of these is ...
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How can i improve my information architecture skills? [closed]

How can i improve my information architecture skills ? I believe in improving skills by practice. To give you an example, how about creating an application similar to any of the common application. ...
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methods for evaluating a complex information architecture

I have been asked to evaluate a clients proposed IA based. The IA is only in excel and we have no wireframes or mockups to test. The most obvious method would be a card sort but due to the sheer ...