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

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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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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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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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Minimalism, Maximalism(?) or whatever?

Tufte & Nielsen believe that screen real estate is one of the most important asset for a (UX) designer. Utilize available screen space - Jakob Nielsen’s Alertbox: May 9, 2011 & The Visual ...
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Is it better to offer 2-3 links to access the same page or one single link?

I'm currently working on an events website. On the events landing page, there is a list of upcoming events. Here is how each event is presented: The banner, title and 'more details' button lead to ...
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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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Does leaving a field blank - mean “everyone”

I'm beating myself up over this one, since we had just that discussion today. We were arguing why a customer was eager to pay a week of work for something that could be trained. And to me it’s pretty ...
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How do you decide between a topic-based and an audience-based main navigation?

Any hints from past experience? Any best practices? Any research on the subject?
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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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Multiple Navigations - messy or necessary?

I'm looking at UEFA's website and seeing they have 3 navigations menus. Is there any support for this being a good UX? The organization does alot, and structuring their site this way might make ...
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Problems understanding JJG's IA diagrams

I want to use JJG's visual vocabulary to construct the diagram of a web page. However, I cannot fully understand some of its components. For example, the conditional selector is used when a user ...
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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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minimalistic top navigation + huge footer = winning combination?

Ive seen a lot of very successful sites of big companies like mailchimp and others with minimalistic top navigations consisting of 3-5 buttons, but big footers where detailed navigation is located. ...
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Website redesign how do you know how to organize the navigation structure?

I know this question is extremely broad but I would like to know the steps a UX'er would take in order to understand what content there is on a site and then how to organize this content in terms of ...
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Best way to use a slider

I'm currently designing a news website based on sports betting. The sites content is mainly composed of blog posts from industry journalists. These posts are split up into 5 categories for each sport. ...
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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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What is the purpose of having unique URLs for each customer?

What do you think are the most bold reasons for using a unique user panel URL for each customer? For example: customer1.serviceprovider.com customer2.serviceprovider.com In what cases should ...
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Should I use greek characters in my urls?

I'm setting up a website for a client who's Greece based and I'm not quite sure how to go about the urls. There are two options I'm considering at the moment: Use greek characters and have the urls ...
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Why do we always need to integrate search with structure?

Jakob Nielsen posted in May 2009 an article called “Top 10 Information Architecture Mistakes” where he states that mistake no 2 is not having an integrated search with the structure of the site. I’ve ...
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Should we use ‘narrow and deep’ or ‘broad and shallow’ navigation pattern on mobile devices?

If we have a large content environment on a mobile device, we need some way to access that content with ease. One could implement a narrow and deep navigation pattern which gives the possibility for ...
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Information Architecture for Widgets - how do I organise my content?

Apologies if this should be a 'Content Strategy' question... anyway, I am involved in a project that is multi-platform and will have both mobile phone and tablet components (not identical). I will ...
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Is it possible to organize a web site based on roles for anonymous users?

In my development team we're gotten a question from our stakeholders to make a navigation based on user roles (Students, Teachers, Course Administrators). I feel that is quite complicated of a task, ...
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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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Where can I find info about rudimentary navigation / architecture paradigms?

I need something that refers to classic approaches to structure content and the reason to choose them over others. For example: Tabs - use tabs when the different sections co exist and can be ...
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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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Information Architecture: Social Proof [closed]

Here's a high-level blueprint of my website. Social proof (testimonials, interviews) should appear on which page? I'm considering adding an "Interesting Facts" page. The unique thing about me is I ...
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How do you effectively steer a user OFF your site and onto another one?

I'm working with a client who has a network of websites, each with content that will appeal to a specific audience. The issue we're having is that the client's flagship site will, for the foreseeable ...
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Which design for internal pages not represented in site navigation?

On a simple (static content only) website I want to add a page titled (translated) "Press articles". On this page all press (online or print) articles about the sites' organization are to be ...
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8 short tutorial videos: all embedded in one page vs separate pages with title link?

I'm putting together a catalogue page for eight 3-minute video tutorials explaining how to assemble electronic components (if relevant, here is an example video). The context is a robotics competition ...
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How to solve overly deep hierarchy navigation on mobile device?

I’m reading Jakobs Nielsens new mobile usability book. There is an example of a mobile site that suffers from an overly deep hierarchy (5 levels in total) In the example users need to navigate through ...
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Alternative to 2 tab bars in iPhone app

I am working on an iPhone app. I am in the early stages of designing the structure. I will be using word department as a node in the information architecture structure of an app. I encountered a ...
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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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One site, 2 domains

I have a proposal for a site, where for technical reasons the project manager proposed to run the site on two domains. It's a Moodle learning site, and we have a Moodle supplier hosting the actual ...
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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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Recommended URL structure for products and categories in MVC app?

For example, suppose I have a site with products and product categories. I'm trying to come up with a good intuitive url structure. I want to use name slugs throughout rather than database ids. In ...
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Is it bad to use information architecture to describe multiple topics with duplicate category names?

I'm rebuilding a site from scratch and would like to make better informed decisions about UX and IA. Is it bad to use information architecture to describe multiple topics with duplicate catagory ...
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How does a CCTLD affect user behavior?

I'm in the process of consolidating several sites into one. Content that previously lived at http://example.co.uk/ will now live at http://example.com/uk/, content from http://example.fr/ will move to ...
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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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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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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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Presenting conditional form elements in a complex scenario

I am currently building an interface for creating user accounts within a system. This interface is to be used by system administrators. I am currently unsure as to what's the best way to present the ...
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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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What is the formal name for an information block in a webpage?

The upper right of the following page has a block labelled "How to Format". What's the formal name for this element in GUI design?
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Why does the Google logo sometimes take you back to search and sometimes take you back to the product?

The title is a little lengthy -- I know -- but please bear with me on this one. I observed today that some Google sub-sites (namely Google Images, Google Books, Google Shopping) redirect to Google's ...
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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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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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why we need multi-column page layout? Why we do need sidebars? [closed]

Some websites only have one column. Some websites have multi-columns. So why we need sidebar, or why we need multi-column page layout in web /print media ? Is there any UX principles?
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Task-based navigation with menu-items expanding to Mega Menus

First let me apologize for the length of this question, but I want to explain it pretty thoroughly. Some background/rationale first: As part of the design of a new travel website I've gone with a ...
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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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Designating Unique Templates within a Wireframe Set

Is there a "threshold" that makes a template a Unique template within the wireframe set? I have defined my "unique" templates as when the layout can apply for any of those pages with simple/tedious ...