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Web-based site map tool

WriteMaps is a free web-based tool for creating site maps. It can come in handy if you need to share sites structures with clients and colleagues.

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  • WriteMaps Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - December 02, 2007 - via pathfinder

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The book Communicating Design

Dan Brown has written a book about the art of communicating design. Here's an excerpt of the book description:

"...Dan Brown shows you how to make the documentation you're required to provide into the most efficient communications tool possible. He begins with an introductory section about deliverables and their place in the overall process, and then delves into to the different types of deliverables. From usability reports to project plans, content maps, flow charts, wireframes, site maps, and more, each chapter includes a contents checklist, presentation strategy, maintenance strategy, a description of the development process and the deliverable's impact on the project, and more."

At the time of writing this post, there is no sample chapter. But at Digital Web Magazine you'll find an excerpt from the chapter on competitive analyses.

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  • The book at amazon.com Open link in new window
  • The book at amazon.co.uk Open link in new window
  • The companion website Open link in new window
  • An excerpt from the chapter on competitive analyses Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - September 18, 2006

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Easy site diagramming

Stephen Turbek shows how to save time on site diagramming using either Excel and Visio or Word and Inspiration.

"Use these lazy techniques and spend your time on better and more interesting problems than lining up little boxes!"

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  • The Lazy IA's Guide to Making Sitemaps Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - February 01, 2006

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User research techniques in comic book form

Dan Willis has created a condensed overview of some of the core techniques used in information architecture. The descriptions are in a comic book form and serve as entertaining reminders of some of our development options. Willis one-pagers cover sitepath diagramming, topic mapping, free listing, card sorting, and personas.

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  • IA Classics: Tools of the Trade in Comic Book Form Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - April 28, 2003 - via Usability Views

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Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web

In the introduction, Christina Wodtke claims that her book on IA isn't for people doing IA for a living since "most of it will probably be old hat." It might be true, that her book won't make a revolution for the IA field, but it is very enlightening to read about Wodtke's practical use of the techniques and principles of IA. And there's no armchair theory here. Everything is backed up by cases, examples, and practical advice on how to make everything work in the real world.

The book concentrates on traditional IA practices, such as:
- User research
- Organising content
- Card sorting
- Personas, scenarios and task analysis
- Site and flow diagramming
- Wireframing and storyboarding

At the end of the book, you'll also find some she-devil tricks on how to persuade you boss and co-workers to do things your way. Highly revealing - my girlfriend is never going to fool me again.

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  • The book at amazon.com Open link in new window
  • The book at amazon.co.uk Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - November 14, 2002

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Diagramming tool for information architects and interaction designers

Diagramming a Web solution's high-level structure and flow is an important initial step in Web development. Jesse James Garrett has developed a visual vocabulary specific to diagramming Web solutions. His article "A visual vocabulary for describing information architecture and interaction design" provides guidelines for the use of the vocabulary and links to downloadable shape libraries for OmniGraffle, Visio, Adobe InDesign, FreeHand, Illustrator and iGrafx.

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  • The article A visual vocabulary for describing information architecture and interaction design Open link in new window

Henrik Olsen - April 16, 2002

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