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Rumors of its death are greatly exaggerated ✞... Classic hierarchical folder views aren't dying. But they are being complemented by other ways of viewing and interacting with files. The key trend here is the decoupling of views from the underlying file system. The old world...One truth ⇨ One view Historically, file UX was heavily tied to the underlying ...


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It's not dying completely, but it is becoming a power user niche feature. Everyone has seen or heard stories about the user who stores everything on their desktop or in a single My Documents folder. Humans are terrible at justifying a large upfront cost like creating and managing dozens of folders just for a possible, small benefit in the future like being ...


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When you have categories, there are often items that don't fit into any category well, and so you are left with a choice between having a category with a single item in it, or a catchall category like 'other'. If the item isn't needed in the first place, then regardless of whether it fits into a category or not, you should not include it. That said, I will ...


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Categorization of content is still very important, even after the rise of smartphones. Whether that's by date, by location, or by tags. The more and more popular use of smartphones since 2007 has forced designers to come up with simpler user experiences. Manually putting stuff in folders can usually be considered a bad UX experience, which is why in a lot ...


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Most people tend to think that certain aspects of technology die away, but I always get the feeling that it is far more common for it to "sediment". Whenever I see a new trend, it usually never ends like "this is the new best way". Normally it is more like "we solved this problem with one global solution, but now it seems there are different solutions for ...


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I think the question you should be asking is what should be my content strategy and how should I define that to drive my site navigation.. That said, there are multiple steps in defining your content strategy : Plan your content: This is the initial phase of any site and should involve the questions such as the objective of the site, the user group which ...


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I'm not so sure there's a huge difference from a UX stand-point. If anything, it makes it more difficult. Let's say a user is on your site and is at www.sub.example.com/articles/article-title.php, and he wants to go to your homepage. Users often clear the address bar, so he would click in the address bar, clear the end of the URL, and be left at www.sub....


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Probably. But it's a slow painful death. It essentially boils down to the need to put something somewhere where we can find it again, or where we can direct someone else to finding it. We are naturally predisposed to putting things in containers or compartmentalizing in such a way that even if it's a long time before we come back then we can still have a ...


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I've solved this task using card sorting in a low tech, hands on session with my client and/or users. Write down all menu items onto index cards and let the participants sort the cards in a way they think it is correct. You will find a lot more information on the internet: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Card_sorting


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Organizations are so hung up on deliverables that it turns a proper UX process into a deliverable process instead. Which is bad UX. The ideal is to educate the organization that UX isn't a step in the process with a set of defined deliverables, but rather it is part of the process itself, and the deliverables will change from project to project and even ...


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You're trying to create a nested master-detail-detail relationship, which is often difficult to accomplish in general. But your main problem here is visual, the relationships aren't visualized well because all three levels share the same BG color, which makes it seem like they're all "top-level". If you give the "details" panes the same BG color as the ...


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Search helps if you know what you are looking for (obvious). If you don't know what you are looking for, a folder structure can help you find it. For example, if you are looking for a recipe for chicken Florentine, search will help you find it, or if you have chicken and want a recipe that uses it, search may help there too. But if you just want to cook ...


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Understanding the content To be able to understand the content currently available on the site you can't only rely on the navigation menu, tagging systems or search which is where you start. Get your view of where content lives before you ask the users and editors of content today. You need to interview and observe content editors and content consumers since ...


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The mental model attempts to define a map of the user cognitive processes. Depending on how it's done it can help define what is the user looking for, what kind of decisions is she taking etc. In my experience mental models serve more as a framework to refer to as one explores different possibilities. The mental model itself does not deliver specific design ...


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Firstly, that is one of the nastiest menus that I have ever seen. I know it's not your work, but this is a fantastic example of what happens when UX is not considered. That said, I can think of no interface that will make a menu with those options usable. You have to deal with the underlying issue, that the category groupings need to change to be able to ...


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The problem I'm seeing is that your CTA button is so far away from the icon and headline that they don't seem related. Move the "Get Started" button close to the "Scan bar code" and you should eliminate the "white space" issue.


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You could make the tab-container as wide as the entire page, and put the column inside the tab (in the shape it is now). Then you can make the content of that column to only contain the items relevant to the tab it is in: Period, Filter, New Employee, Other Offices are shown in the Office Employees tab. Only show Other Offices in the Office Details tab.


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Thematically, a subdirectory is clearly part of the main site. A subdomain is an area that may be related to the main site, but doesn't really fit as part of the main site. There's no hard rules for what goes where, it is dependant on how content/functionality is being organized and who is doing it. The benefit of the subdomain approach is that it can be ...


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All the examples you have quoted are examples of parallax sites which use shifting content to tell and story and keep the user engaged.I am going to break this response into three parts. The reasoning I would recommend looking at this article for additional inputs on how parallax sites keep users engaged. Storytelling Parallax scrolling offers ...


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As tools (software and hardware) increase in speed, the value of search begins to eclipse the value of a folder structure as a way to find a file. On my PC, my MacBook, and my phone, it's simply faster to search for items by terminology rather than seek it out visually. Most file systems still need a folder structure, so it's not dying, it's just that ...


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Folder structure is not dying However, its importance and prevalence in the average user's interface is. The truth is that a user will find the path of least resistance to accomplish their desired task. With this in mind, maintaining folder structure would have to become their desired task. For the average Joe, nope! The average person has become ...


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Tree view is often complicated and counter-intuitive to the users, but it has several strong advantages: full names which are unique identifiers I mean, if I access a file named /etc/passwd I know I access a particular file. There is no way I get /home/backup/passwd instead. Tags don't give you this garantee: if you have found exactly one object tagged ...


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In my experience, once you know which tasks your user must complete, you can then define your task flows. With task flows you can figure out which pages you need on your site. You also figure out what goes on each page & how everything is grouped together on the page. Then you can start to define how the various pages are linked together, which ...


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I have not encountered an issue like that before, but I have encountered a more malicious experience that is similar. We had several websites that were taking our eCommerce product images and linking them to provide product images for their own website. (Hotlinking for those of you who are familiar with the term.) In your case, you have benevolent ...


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It could have also been done because the other two options are preferred. For the example you gave, perhaps paying with a credit card or paypal only took 2% off the top of the payment while paying through Amazon might have taken 5% or more. It would be beneficial to the site owner (but not the user) if the user went through the trouble of making a new ...


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Maybe more true thing to say would be that concept of folder structure as file organizing strategy is dying. Or maybe more true: organizing files/documents is becoming more and more automated. If we have concept of categories and one file can be in two categories then I would really dislike doing manual organization. Therefore all these new technologies use ...


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[...] my goal was to eliminate the network shared structure. It'll help to center the goal around a clear pain point. You mentioned issues of 'g-drive' but the top two issues (length of the file path and storage space) are technical and not related to usability. From your description I think it's getting to the right information quickly that's the biggest ...


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First of all try grouping the categories. For example study, lessons and courses could be grouped under education with the categories as sub elements You could also use a card sorting task to find logical groups: Card sorting Second: Determine a logical order, for example an alphabetical order (or use your insights from the card sorting task). Third: many ...


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Specifically addressing the need to understand the content, there are two steps you probably need to go through if you haven't already. The first is to do a thorough content audit, so that you're aware of the breadth and depth of the content you're going to need to organise. Navigation solutions are likely to vary dependent on the volume of content you have ...


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Usually there are client objectives like, "we need to show the following features first", provided in the brief or discussed in workshops. Then there are user objectives, "I want to find out where to buy this", derived from personas based on user research. A balance of these two factors should influence your first attempt at creating a nav. The best way to ...


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