Information Architecture

Information architecture gives you a blueprint for what the site will allow users to accomplish, how they accomplish those goals, and what the site will look like. The attached presentation shows samples of low-fi prototypes, information maps, and graphic design treatments. This presentation was originally created by volunteer, John Yesko, and includes closerlook best practices and methodologies for site design.

Also attached is a powerpoint template for doing lowfis and a word template for creating information maps. To use the information map, edit the hierarchy using word’s Outline mode, and then switch to print view to see the layout using a 4 column display of site depth.

Often, projects require graphic design treatments as part of the information architecture. If you are not formally trained in graphic art, it is critical to get smart with color theory. This link can get you started.

In addition, you should search for usability statistics on various graphic design techniques and approaches.

IA_ICstars.ppt8.15 MB
IA102 - Info Map.dot29 KB
lowfitemplate.pot40.5 KB

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