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

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What's the difference between [website.com/directory] and [domain.website.com]?

And when is it better to structure your website's content one way or the other? Note that I have seen there's already a related question, Domain Strategy From a UX Perspective, which has some great ...
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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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Should tags be buttons or links?

Are there any guidelines on how tags should ideally look like? Are they links, buttons, or visual "tags" with a link? I personally find tags that mimic a physical tag or strip of tape appealing, but ...
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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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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 navigation menu have to mirror the actual page structure in my site?

Can I put items in a navigation menu list, that don't actually mirror the website pages structure ? e.g. if the pages in the site follow this structure: Homepage |--Products |--Product 1 ...
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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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What's the difference between Information Architecture and Interaction Design?

In Jessi James Garrett's book, Elements of User Experience there is this image that shows up that presents various facets of the User Centered Design process... On the structure line, he separates ...
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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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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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How to visually show Information Architecture of a website?

I am working on a school project to analyze the existing information architecture of a website and then redesign it (I have been referring to this slide). I came up with a site map which shows the ...
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Assessing a value of a page in Google Analytics (GA)

I am analysing an information architecture using GA and am trying to qualify the worth or value of a page. There are certain metrics I have at my disposal such as unique views, bounce rates, exit ...
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Is too many options to accomplish the same task good or bad for user interface?

For example, In order to design a event log, I provide users multiple ways to sort out the log entries they want to find out: search box, tagging system, category tabs. The ultimate goal for users is ...
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Back Button and Menu Button in Top Navigation for iOS

We want to have users navigate our app using a side menu. Once a user leaves main app pages, the menu button (in top left corner of nav) would change to a back button. However, the content of our ...
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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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Visually distinguish an index versus a single view

I think I'm having a hard time pulling this off because no one has yet done a good job of this. Think of the home page of most blogs as the index, just a list of the latest blog posts. When you ...
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Is paging within a scrolling banner necessary?

This is used quite extensively across the web, but I'm wondering whether it is actually necessary. Alot of animated banners/carousels on websites use navigation or paging links so that you can jump ...
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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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can user-generated tags help organise a site's IA?

I am working on a project for an ecommerce website where there are multiple personas. Each persona will have a different mental model of the system so the IA is proving especially hard. My original ...
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Content Strategy to Avoid Duplicated Pages

I'm working with a client on a website redevelopment project where the site in question targets two main end user types, lets call them 'Business-A' and 'Business-B'. EDIT Apologies; I failed to ...
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Information Architecture for a Blog [closed]

I am about to re-design an existing blog for a company and I have a very good flexibility in terms of layout-design and IA. There are many galleries to get some inspiration for the design part, but ...
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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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differentiating between groups of products that are very similar?

This is the corner I'm backed in to: My company is releasing a new line of products that use the same hardware as our current products, but with completely different software -- a cloud based version ...
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Navigation hierarchy: categories next to single items at the top-level

In our new product we have several pages grouped into several categories. One of those categories is more important than the rest. Moreover, we have relatively a small number of pages and categories ...
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Less frequent but relevant information more seldom or more frequent but less relevant information more often?

In a project I’m participating in we are in a crucial crossroad. We’re discussing whether it’s better to fill an intranet with information, even if it’s not directly targeted at this particular user, ...
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Is it suitable to change the design of a service over time?

When designing a web service is it acceptable to change the layout over time? For example when you first launch a service you may be introducing new concepts and relationships to the user which ...
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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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Menu Contextual Order

The application I'm working on maintains lists of timezones, countries, cities, & venues, and it allows the user to manage those lists (list/add/edit/remove) via a menu. My initial approach was ...
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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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Submission Forms design

I am working on a web application that allows curators or users to publish/edit articles, papers etc. They can use external services (like ArXiv etc.) to import data directly to the forms and they can ...
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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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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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Displaying a large number of tables

We're designing a search feature which returns results from many different tables. The user searches for something and the application returns all the tables answering the search query. The user ...
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How to deal with multilevel menus

I trying to design a horisontal menu that sometimes will go three levels down. The thing that drive me crazy is to know if I should show all the levels. For example: About us, Products, Contact ...
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How should I handle conditional content for product listings?

I have a client who wants to have conditional content in the product catalogue of their website for each market/user base. The client has a lot of "user bases" and markets, each with different needs, ...
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Adaptative Web Design + UX deliverables

does it make sense to create UX deliverables about wireframing information design, when nowadays we are evolving to adaptive web design, with more than 2 or 3 different layouts for different devices? ...
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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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Improving speed of data entry in a single page calculator form

I've been asked to try and improve a one page calculator form. It is used by telesales people to work out what sort of deal they can offer to a customer and how much commission (called LTR) they stand ...
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How to optimally place time, temperature and icons in a grid?

I am coding a personal dashboard which includes, among others, weather forecast. I have a hard time optimizing the structure of the weather forecast. The constraint I have is that the time, ...
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scale or rating design

I was wondering what would be the best way to say someone is one thing or another. So, i want to create a form for Jungian Personality, but i want to make it fast and simple. So i was thinking of ...
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What is proper term for a flow chart for mobile app?

I am creating a user flow aka flow chart aka information flow chart using Balsamiq, not using Omnigraffle or other tools, for a mobile app. What is the proper term for this diagram? See Gustav ...
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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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User experience and the trailing slash for directories in the URL?

From an SEO perspective, it may be negligible if you include a trailing slash for directories or not, as long as you set redirects to the chosen one (to avoid duplicate content) and link-build to the ...
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Information architecture width and depth, looking for studies

I remember reading recently some studies (lot of them pretty old) that claimed that in general it is better to go with wide and shallow information architecture rather than narrow and deep. However ...
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What's “scan column” and why do we name it like this?

What's "scan column" and why do we name it like this? Why not just call 'left column' or 'right column'?
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How to visualize a large Neural Net?

How to visualize a Neural Net with thousands of input nodes and tens of thousands of connections? The image above does not have any connection values, but the visualization that I am creating does. ...
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Anyone have experience with Customer Carewords

See: http://www.customercarewords.com/what-it-is.html Summary: You construct a list of around a 100 words/tasks and ask users to identify top five (or similar). You then analyses the results and ...
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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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Help with information architecture vocabulary

So, I'm trying to expand my information architecture vocabulary in english and I'm struggeling with tags. Lets say I want to describe a product with a couple of keywords. I've desided that you could ...
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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 ...