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

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Is the folder structure dying?

In our digital world we have previously been forced to know the location of digital content. The obvious one being the local hard drive or a shared file server where sometimes extreme structures have ...
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Online courses: Open structure versus Closed structure

I'm building a simple course platform that uses content like articles and videos as the building blocks of the course. You have to learn the content in a chronological order to make sure you ...
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How do I handle duplicate content in the site structure?

I'm working on the information architecture of a new website and have an issue about duplicate content. I'm looking at having 3 main sections where users would go into 1 of the 3 sections depending ...
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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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Non-Linear Site/App Navigation

I'm looking for examples, or guidance otherwise on a good model to implement navigation for an application who's data is not linear or hierarchical. A few examples ... hierarchical information ...
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Mapping “Reports” under Master Web Application having multiple products

There is web based application which has bad experience issues with reports and mapping. Currently application is mixture of 4 different products and they provide service to customer as per needs. ...
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How to prevent too generic categorisation in card sorting

I'm doing a card sorting for an ecommerce of beauty and wellness products and services. I prepared a list of cards which are not too specific and not too generic. For example, I have some cards like - ...
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Information architecture for a restaurant menu for a mobile application

I'm currently designing a mobile application (android) for ordering food. The purpose of the application would be similar to the justeat app. The biggest challenge as yet is structuring the menu and ...
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Why the material controls are displayed on top?

I'm working on a new web application specifically designed for android devices and consequently it needs to be based on the Material principles though this question is about IA in general not only the ...
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Information architecture for supermarket website

I'm working on a website (responsive) for a supermarket. I'm thinking about the best way to provide a structured navigation both on mobile and desktop. How would you organize the navigation? I've ...
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Alternate term for customised version of a document

We are currently using the word "Localisation" (sometimes "Localization") to mean a child version of a document (or folder) that has been then customised to fit a specific situation. In this case ...
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Home page content for a data aggregator website?

We're creating a data aggregator site for different activities one can do in our city. We're not sure of what to include and what not to on our front page. Right now we have a big search function on ...
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What is the difference between Categories, Keywords, Labels and Tags?

Is there a standard way of using Categories, Keywords and Tags in the context of blogs, websites and web applications? I am not sure if it is a case of these being equivalent of synonyms in some ...
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What is the difference between Keywords, Tags and Controlled Vocab

I am designing a website that every article in it is related somehow with other articles ... I attend to do the relation by tagging the articles .. but some of the team suggested to do the relation ...
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Does duplicate content/links make content more findable?

We're having a bit of a disagreement of where certain content belongs on our company's website. We have an Events page, where upcoming events are listed. However, this page was traditionally for ...
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Best way to inform users about file updates for items that are updated weekly?

We have a central repository (static website) that catalogs various icons and graphic templates our customers need to create their products. The user can go to the site and pick and download what they ...
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How could a webpage containing multiple tables be displayed effectively?

I am designing a user management tool where users will be made up of several groups. Each group has its own table, but the table headings need to be sticky. Example of a table with a sticky header ...
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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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Using QR codes to record results of card sorting exercise

I have seen that OptimalSort gives an option to add barcodes to cards. However, this requires paying for OptimalSort and purchasing a barcode scanner. There are many free apps for reading QR codes. ...
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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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Alternate name for “Resources” section of a website

Simple question regarding labeling, I have a "Resources" section on a website that contains instruction manuals, technical specification documents and such. It also contains a couple of forms to ...
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Registration Forms: One Long Form vs Many Short Forms. Who wins? [duplicate]

The answers I've seen to this question all have to do with the Wizard Pattern. Sure this works for some people, but When it comes down to it, whether you are hand-holding or not. I'd like to know ...
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Labels for cards in card sorting session

I'm working on a redesign of an ecommerce. Right now I'm thinking about IA. I thought it could be a good idea to run a Card sorting session to discover what are the best labels to use and how to ...
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The Hamburger Menu and Classical Conditioning [duplicate]

I know that the hamburger menu is not the ideal way to show information since users do not always know what the three lines mean (and it can lead to poor information architecture). However, since so ...
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Sidebars - How useful are they?

We're considering putting information in sidebars and are wondering how useful they are or do users simply ignore them? The project in question is for a heavy content news site.
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Best way to setup search for large amounts of PDFs etc

My first post here and hoping to get some useful insight and feedback. I'm working on a redesign project (UX & IA) for a local gov't client with a large amount of PDF documents. One of the project ...
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How does displaying/hiding prices impact conversion?

So I am retooling a page for a company that offers tiered pricing packages based on the number of users for our software. Small business = $x/mo kind of thing. Does anyone have any conversion data or ...
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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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How to handle multilanguage when most of the contents will be available in one language only?

We are designing a large institutional website with lots of content. The site will be in Spanish, but the client needs some of the content to be available in English as well. Most of the content, ...
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Help with defect issue system

I have a brief where I have to build a system that helps engineers identify defects on a building site. The engineer specifies where the defect is on a floor plan, what the issue is and invites ...
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Good alternatives for replacing multiple nested modal dialogs?

Having a mature and good-selling Windows desktop application, we are focusing on improving the user experience for the next release. One thing that I try is to get rid of multiple nested modal dialog ...
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Surveillance System Builder Utility

I'm trying to redesign a utility that allows the user to estimate what kind of DVR they need based on the type/amount of camera(s) they need. It filters out Video Recorders models based on the ...
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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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What are the advantages and disadvantages of hiding sub-levels of navigation ref. DIY.com?

I'm specifically referring to DIY.com here and I have not seen this type of navigation before (have you?) My question(s) is(are) this: what are the reasons why www.DIY.com have hidden some of their ...
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Quantifying discoverability on where or how information is found, presented

How do you objectively quantify a discoverability problem if the designer insists it is your fault that you can't find something? I am an user of this network of sites, which has a subsite for every ...
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Are there are any studies about displaying user opinions?

I'm working on big e-commerce site (consumer electronics) and we decided to put user opinions on every product page. I'm looking for some studies or some tests about information architecture in user ...
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How to best explain to users how their details will be used?

What would be the best approach to explain to users that their information will be used to: 1- help authenticate them if they do get locked out of their account. 2- Communicate with them regarding ...
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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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Hamburger menu on big screen - what do you lose?

The notorious "Hamburger Menu" () is now showing up more and more on large desktop and laptop screens. The actual navigation menu that summarizes the site structure requires clicking on it to show. ...
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Designing wireframes keeping accessibility guidelines in mind

I am not sure if there is a definite answer to this but I thought I'll just throw it out.... I am working on re-designing a site for an federal organization who also require their site to be ...
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Data tables - what's column should be first?

When creating a table with a lot of rows and a number of columns, what is the recommendation for which column should be first and most important? An example scenario for the data table would be a ...
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Design UI panel

I have a dashboard screen with one of the panels as below; So as you can see there are different fields and corresponding values. Now I need to design/update the same panel to consider the ...
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What is an effective way to present wireframes and other IA deliverables to client? [closed]

My agency currently includes wireframes in our project definition documents. Each key page is described along with its wireframe, basic interaction, input fields etc. However, I'm not sure if this is ...
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Filtering information and tooltips - Best Practice

I am currently designing an information portal. An early iteration of the design, and details regarding functionality can be found here I am aware the design isn't the prettiest at the moment, for ...
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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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Should template functionality be an integrated part of system or in the hands of users?

My team is making a web application, where teachers can create a unit plan and assign it to several different classes. So far we have found 2 ways of handling this: Users create a new unit plan ...
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What is the appropriate line length of bullet points?

We can have information either in multiple paragraphs or a bullet point list. Visually, a bullet point is a paragraph with a black dot on the left. We have two types of bullet point lists: Ordered ...
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Should my Home insurance transactional site have a page footer?

Im designing a home insurance transactional journey (what the user sees after they select 'get a quote' from the product page). Should my x4 page journey (enter details, get quote, buy quote, view ...
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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 there data proving correlation between better URL structure and better UX?

I have found many sources stating that the URL structure is important as it helps users understand what the page is about, but so far no data about it. Do you know about any experiments run (A/B ...