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

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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Name that thing: What should I call a 'person' in a case management system?

Think of a system that manages details about people--a case management system tracking hospital patients, or a CRM tracking phone calls by customers, or an insurance provider's system that tracks care ...
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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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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 to prove a design opposed by the product stakeholders?

We've been working on/off on an account/bar header for a large corporate site for nearly a year now. We've got so many stakeholders that nobody can ever agree what should go there! What ...
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How do you map the flow of a mobile application? Can you provide examples?

I'm currently working on the IA/UX for a mobile application and as I'm mapping it out it doesn't seem like a traditional site map makes sense nor does a flowchart. Can anyone point me to a good set of ...
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Editing data on confirmation page of multi-step form

I am designing a very complex form for a signup process for a new web product. We have not yet decided whether the form will be a Wizard or Intelligent (one-page) form yet; we are A/B testing both ...
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Optimum number of choices for menus/navigation

Anyone know any usability or cognitive psychology research done on the optimum number of choices for menus/navigation? I need some evidence to argue a case against a top level category menu of ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...