One of my IA students pointed me to this site: https://www.balenciaga.com
Just take a quick look. Your browser isn’t broken… that’s the site. It’s a really pure expression of IA and UX. It’s simple, but it’s got a lot of character and some nice bits of flair. I kind of wish I’d have done this.
This is really clever: a global navigation header that doubles as a progress indicator for the current article. Neat!
Check it out live at CNAS.org.
Check out this week’s Every Little Thing podcast. It’s nominally about the Dewey Decimal System, but it’s really about the political nature of organizing things and how the organizing systems we create reflect our biases. (Starts 9-minutes in.)
Here’s an article that busts the myth that Miller’s 7 +/-2 concept has any bearing on navigation design. Read it, learn it, love it.
YADIA: “IA defines spatial relationships and organizational systems, and seeks to establish hierarchies, taxonomies, vocabularies, and schema—resulting in documentation like sitemaps, wireframes, content types, and user flows, and allowing us to design things like navigation and search systems.”
from Sara Wachter-Boettcher. “Content Everywhere”
Yet Another Definition of IA (YADIA):
“The activity of Information Architecture [is] designing an abstract and effective organization of information and then exposing that organization to facilitate navigation and information use.”
-from The Discipline of Organizing, by Robert Glushko
Yes, you need breadcrumbs on your ecommerce site. You need location breadcrumbs, which show your position in the hierarchy. Because they reveal the site structure, breadcrumbs help answer “Where am I?” and “What else do you have like this?” They help the customer orient and explore.
So excited for Vanessa Foss & @magshanley’s new venture Deeper T. Their first round of UX workshops look amazing: deeper-t.com
Join us at the next Taxonomists’ Congress / Taxonomy Meetup in Seattle on May 16th at Dino’s Tomato Pie in Capitol Hill. Beer. Pizza. Nerdy talk about taxonomies… what could be better? RSVP here.
Partly to test this blog’s linkage with micro.blog, I thought I’d mention that I’ve been digging back into Designing the Search Experience for inspiration lately. So much good stuff in there about how to turn information behavior studies into practical design solutions. Two words: search modes!