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

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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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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 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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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Whats the best way to represent private pages in an information architecture map?

I am creating an information architecture map for a site I am working on. 90% of the site is visible to all on the Internet, but the 10% is available for users, based on their role. My question is ...
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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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For a site with multiple different user-types should the primary navigation reflect all available options for all users?

I think there is a serious navigation problem on the website I am working on. I have four kinds of users (people working in fashion, interested in fashion, people that buy fashion, and people that are ...
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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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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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Has there been an implementation of a tag hierarchy with graph edge relations?

When organizing information it is common to use either a hierarchy or tags. An element in a hierarchy is ordered within a predefined category and relates to other elements as above, below or at the ...
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Interfaces using Multiple Element Types: Tabs, Tables, Menus, and Accordions

I'm designing a website that is basically overloaded with information and I need to make a layout that will allow all the information to be taken in but with two restrictions: I want a maximum of ...
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How to organise navigation items with quasi parent-child relationships

I'm looking for an effective way to organise navigation items where some items are closely related to another in the same list. This is how they're currently listed: Home Users Teams Products Groups ...
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Wireframing StoryBoard as an entire UX design specification (deliverables)

From an IA/UX designer perspective, what do you think about HiFi wireframe storyboard for Web applications, instead of a classic deliverables approach? I have read a very good documentation about ...
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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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How do you improve the IA of an existing site without throwing away existing content?

I have a scenario that I'm trying to work through and would appreciate your thoughts... Imagine you have a corporate intranet with about 50k pages and a really outdated information architecture. You ...
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How can I differentiate Online products vs “Offline” products?

I'm helping re-design a website which has some products that can be purchased online and some which can only be purchased offline in physical stores. Both the products you can buy and can't buy need ...
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Image thumbnail representation for paragraph text

in my app, a user would have a set of posts. Some posts (like 50% of em) would have media attached, while some of them would not. There are several instances where I would like to give thumbnails ...
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Alternative label for “Solutions” tab in main menu?

Analytics and heatmap testing show that users don't really click on the "Solutions" tab in our main menu. My guess is that this is because the "Solutions" label is overused and users are a bit blind ...
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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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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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organising destinations for travel company

I've been asked to produce an IA for a large travel company and specifically the groupings of destinations. I have: by country THEN by state region THEN by capital city and major population center ...
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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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Fewer main pages, fewer tabs is better?

I'm working on a local cinema's movies website, and I've been trying to reduce the number of pages in favour of showing more types of content on them. Currently, I have a Home page (with a carousel / ...
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Any value to gathering qualitative data from card sorts?

One of the best tools I've found for card sort experiments seems to be websort, mainly because you can just send out a link for participants to go through the exercise at their own convenience. ...
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top level menu takes you to a random sub level menu

I'm looking at a re-structure of an existing site and I have the following situation: There is a top level menu for example: Home; About; News; Resources; Within Resources there are various ...
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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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Displaying Hierarchical Information in a Mobile App

trying to come up with a good way of presenting a hierarchy of information on a mobile device. Specifically, I wrote this Khan Academy app for Windows Phone: ...
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How would a perfect overview for 400 competitors look like?

I have to create an overview for a competition with about ±400 competitors. They are separate in the "best 100"-group and the others. A random number of competitors shown as thumbnails with (if so) ...
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Separate Admin Website?

Is it best to have separate websites for the Data Entry Team and Customer Service Team? Data Entry Team are responsible for inputting the data (adding records). Customer Service Team are responsible ...
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Guidelines on duplicating content structures in a site

I am working on a new site for a customer and they have already planned out a rough structure of pages for their site which involves substantial duplication of structure, but not necessarily of ...
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Convincing client to reduce content

I work as a web developer in an educational institution where bureaucracy is thick. One of our current projects involves redesigning a content-heavy section of the site. It is basically an electronic ...
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Domain strategy from a UX perspective?

Having a domain strategy seem to be the latest thing. The discussion about it circles mostly around legal, seo or branding issues but if you want to look at it from a usability perspective - how ...
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Task-based vs topic-based navigation on travel destination-site

I've got a concept of a destination-site (about Paris) covering topics like: Hotels, Restaurants, activities, tripplans, and all other usual suspects. This topic-based navigation is the de facto ...
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How do you decide which links should be placed in the primary menu?

How do you decide which links should be placed in the primary menu? Should you only link to the pages and areas that get the most traffic? How should you think?
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navigation menu for not an ordinary site content

Most of my past projects are rather simple in terms of navigation. A simple dropdown menu (Superfish, for instace) works with most of them. Now I have a project that requires content to be separated ...
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Do website visitors return to the homepage once they're inside the site?

I have been (unsuccessfully) looking for some research that supports / rejects (or even discusses) the hypothesis that: Once a user has entered a website a significant percentage of them do not ...
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Best tool/program/method for taking a site inventory? [closed]

As an IA, I frequently take a detailed content inventory of a site, capturing basic things such as page titles, URL, and META keywords (to name a few). What programs have people found success with? ...
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Approach for archiving a site for an annual event

I maintain a site for an annual event: http://abetterworldbydesign.com . Every year after the event, we struggle with the question of how to change the site to reflect an archive of the past year's ...
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Multiple sites or one site?

My wife and I run a creatives business as my part time and her full time job. We do photography, illustration, print design, Flash development, and sometimes web development. We have a simple little ...