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Survey on how folks keep up with information architecture

ACIA ran a survey in 2001 to learn about which information resources and events information architects use to keep up with field. The research included magazines, journals and newsletters, discussion lists, web sites, books, conferences, meetings, and a rating of which of these resources are considered most useful. Though the survey is more than a year old, there are lots of references to useful stuff.

Links:

  • Results from the survey

Henrik Olsen - December 10, 2002

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DENIM, a Sketch-based Web Site Prototyping Tool

Through a study of web site design practice, the Group for User Interface Research at Berkeley University observed that web site designers design sites at different levels of refinement (site map, storyboard, and individual page) and that designers sketch at all levels during the early stages of design. However, existing web design tools do not support these tasks very well.

Informed by these observations, they created DENIM, a tool that helps web site designers in the early stages of design.

DENIM supports sketching input, allows design at different refinement levels, and unifies the levels through zooming.

Supported platforms:
- Windows 95, 98, Me, NT 4.0, 2000, or XP
- Mac OS X 10.1 (10.0 is not supported)
- Solaris, Linux, and other Unix-like operating systems

Links:

  • The DENIM Web Site at guir.berkeley.edu
  • Try an exported DENIM Web Site Prototype

Pieter-Jan Pruuost - December 06, 2002

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Greek text

Greek text can be helpful when designing initial design comps and prototypes, where the actual content isn't important. 4guysfromrolla.com has developed a neat little thing, which can generate a specified number of fake latin paragraphs for you.

Jakob Nielsen has an article about how greeked text can come in handy, when you want to test how easy users can identify the location of different content areas in different layout templates.

Links:

  • The fake latin text generator
  • The article Testing Whether Web Page Templates are Helpful

Henrik Olsen - November 27, 2002

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Calculating market efficiency and business effects of a web site

If you want to know the market efficiency of a web site, web log analysis can be very effective. But most web analytic software doesn't provide you with easy-to-understand metrics and doesn't take business goals and outcomes such as conversion rates and return on investments into consideration.

At Future Now, an e-business consultancy, you can download a suite of calculators included in an Excel file. The calculators can help you measure the success of a site in terms of a few critical metrics on market efficiency and business effects.

Links:

  • Download the website conversion calculators

Henrik Olsen - November 07, 2002

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Sample usability report

At the Danish usability consultancy DialogDesign, managed and owned by Rolf Molich, you can download an example of how to put together a usability report. The sample report is based on a usability test of the E-commerce website www.TowerRecords.com.

Links:

  • Download a sample usability report

Henrik Olsen - October 23, 2002

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Customer Focus Calculator - We We Monitor

As proud as a company may be of itself and its product or service, most customers only care about how well it can help them meet their wants and needs.

To help you answer whether a site is talking mostly about themselves or their customers needs, FurureNow has developed an analysis tool that counts certain words on a site that are key indicators of whether focus is on the customer or not.

Links:

  • The Customer Focus Calculator We We Monitor

Henrik Olsen - October 21, 2002

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IBM tools to develop user-centered information and site structure

For your site to be successful, you will need to organize information in a way that makes sense to your users. People develop expectations for how to find different types of information and how to accomplish particular tasks. They may expect to search alphabetically (as when using a phone book), according to groups of similar items (as in a grocery store), or in a sequence of steps to fulfilling certain tasks. IBM has developed the tools that can make your user-centered information design easier to manage.

Links:

  • Develop user-centered information structures using statistical cluster analysis tools
  • Develop a user-centered structure for your site

Pieter-Jan Pruuost - October 16, 2002

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information architecture resources

from jjg, the author of the forthcoming 'The Elements of User Experience' comes a pretty complete list of (re)sources for Information Architects. There are some useful looking pointers for 'getting started' and a nice powerpoint file about 'The IA of Everyday Things' showing respect to the Don.

Links:

  • ia resources
  • elements of UE book (info)
  • The Information Architecture of Everyday Things (powerpoint file)
  • the don

ben hyde - August 21, 2002

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Notable quotations

Andrew Hinton has collected a number of notable quotations from different sources, which all reflect aspects of Information Architecture and related practices.

Links:

  • Hinton's collection of quotations

Henrik Olsen - August 12, 2002

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Usability wallpaper

If you are in the need of a fancy usability wallpaper for your computer, you'll find one at Cre@teOnline's web-site.

Links:

  • Fancy usability wallpapers by Cre@teOnline

Henrik Olsen - July 12, 2002

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