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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

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 "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
  • The book at amazon.co.uk

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

Henrik Olsen - April 16, 2002

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