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

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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 Imagine you have a corporate intranet with about 50k pages and a really outdated information architecture.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 ...
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Quantitative methods for analysing vast Intranet IA

I have been asked to analyse and better group pages under a section of a large government website. The number of pages runs into the thousands. The problems I have is that metadata rules have not ...
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Ideas on displaying and editing 'Hours of Operation' for a service provider

OK--you've got a translator in Bolivia, and you need to know when she can provide her transportation services. And you need to store this in a system, for others to see and possibly edit. My ...
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Where to find design patterns for product management web apps?

I'm creating a IA-prototype for a product-management web app. I don't know the field (product-management) that well and I'm looking for samples. The requirements for this Web-app are: web-based ...
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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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Which of these two ways of browsing are better for the user?

I am creating a simple web page application and in my question are involved 2 pages and there are two scenarios. Scenario No 1 On page1.php I use php with MySQL to get a product's data to the page. ...
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UI best practices for FAQ-style presentation

The web application I'm working on has a few pages where a list of questions and their answers will be displayed. All pages have the questions grouped into overall headings (which the users will be ...
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How would you define 'levels of complexity'?

In the 'blog' about the ribbon design, Jensen Harris talks about complexity. I've always thought the levels of complexity were the number of 'clicks' needed to arrive at a certain submenu or screen ...
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How to validate large-scale IA without skewing data? Crowd-sourced techniques?

I am pitching for a job that requires validation of the information architecture of a very large health and social care website of around 6500 pages. Here is my approach: Analyse existing ...
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Underscores vs. hyphens in URLs

I'm trying to come up with a page-naming convention so that each page in a web application I'm developing has the human-friendliest URL possible. The current URL structure of the web application is: ...
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What's the definition of Information Architecture?

According to Morville, Peter & Rosenfeld, Louis in their book Information Architecture for the World Wide Web (2006) 3rd edition, its this: The structural design of shared information ...
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Including unique content under multiple navigation trees

I have a navigation based on categories and certain pages appear under the same categories. That means they appear twice under two different menus. Does anyone see a particular problem with this, ...
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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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Where do you place the homepage on a sitemap?

Simple question really: on your site maps, do you always place the homepage (if existant) as the top single level of a site map, or do you treat it as a sibling on the other main level pages?
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Designing for the fold

What is your advice for designing for 'the fold'? Is this still a concern? Is the concern that people won't scroll? Can't you use visual cues to help users understand that there's more content below ...