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Information Architecture

Best Practices for Designing Faceted Search Filters

Some of the important best practices for designing filters for faceted search results are:

  • Decide on your filter value-selection paradigm—either drill-down or parallel selection
  • Provide an obvious and consistent way to undo filter selection
  • Always make all filters easily available
  • At every step in the search workflow, display only filter values that correspond to the available items, or inventory
  • Provide filter values that encompass all items, or the complete inventory

Best Practices for Designing Faceted Search Filters

Organizing digital information for others

This short free to download ebook explores how lists, categories, trees and facets can be better used to organize information for others. You also learn how metadata and taxonomies can connect different collections and increase the findability of information across the website or intranet.

Organizing digital information for others

Disclosure: I work for the company that released the ebook. None the less, I have included it here because it I think it deserves to be here.

What is the Deep-Dive Brainstorming technique?

Deep-Dive™ is the name of a technique used to rapidly immerse a group or team into a situation for problem solving or idea creation. This approach is often used for brainstorming product or process development.

Originally developed by the IDEO group (a learning design company) for rapid product development, the Deep-Dive technique is now widely and increasingly used for innovation not only in product development, but process improvement and customer service strategies. The method used by IDEO was documented by Andy Boynton and Bill Fischer (of International Institute of Management Development (IMD) business school), who latterly further enhanced the process and sold the rights to Deloitte Consulting in 2006.

What is the Deep-Dive Brainstorming technique?

Five SharePoint Taxonomy Myths

Many organizations are finding that leveraging the full suite of capabilities SharePoint offers requires introduction of a new requirement – that of dealing with, managing and exploiting taxonomies. Of course taxonomies are not new, but there is some confusion about where managed metadata services and the term store end and true taxonomy management begins.

There are also some misconceptions about the process of deriving and applying taxonomies in SharePoint. Here are five SharePoint taxonomy myths- five areas of confusion that the author has seen in their engagements and research.

  • Myth 1: SharePoint now has taxonomy management
  • Myth 2: Taxonomy is used as metadata and metadata is an IT problem. Therefore taxonomy is best left to the project’s technical resources
  • Myth 3: Librarians are the best people to handle SharePoint taxonomies
  • Myth 4: SharePoint taxonomies need to be comprehensive and finely grained
  • Myth 5: Taxonomies managed in the in the term store can be used everywhere in the SharePoint application

Five Myths about Taxonomy and SharePoint

Sketchnote Army- a Sketchnotes Showcase

Sketchnote Army is dedicated to finding and showcasing sketchnotes and sketchnoters from around the world- from events, conferences, workshops or wherever sketchnotes are captured or created. If you want your sketchnotes to be featured there, you can send your sketchnotes URL and info to the webmaster.

Sketchnote Army

High Paying Jobs in User Experience Design (2011)

Here are top paying jobs for Information Architecture, Usability, and UX practitioners plus reasons to explore each for your user experience design career – and bank your account. (Salary figures based on and data)

  • User experience strategist: $67,000 to $135,000
  • Usability analyst: $81,000 on an average
  • User interface designer: $84,000 to $155,000
  • Interaction designer: $91,000 on an average
  • Interaction designer: $91,000 on an average
  • Information architect: $104,000 on an average

High paying jobs in User Experience design

Designing site structures for intranets and websites

A good site structure makes users happy. They can easily find, understand and use the information on your site. For the business, this makes all the difference. In this article, Maish takes you through principles behind good site structures and describe a methodology for creating site structures.

Table of Contents

  1. What is a site structure?
  2. What can go wrong with a poorly-designed site structure?
  3. A bit about organizing information
  4. 7 Site structure design principles
  5. Site structure design methodology
  6. Conclusion

Designing site structures for intranets and websites

Disclosure: I work for the company that wrote this article. Of course, I have included it because it is a great article and only for that reason.

The Space of Design

Models of the process of design are relatively common. Each describes a sequence of steps required to design something—or at least the steps that designers report or recommend taking. Models of the process of design are common because designers often need to explain what they do (or want to do) so that clients, colleagues, and students can understand.

Less common are models of the domain of design—models describing the scope or nature of practice, research, or teaching. Such models may be useful for locating individual processes, projects, or approaches and comparing them to others. Such models also help clients, colleagues, and students understand alternatives and agree on where they are (or want to be) within a space of possibilities.

Typically models of a domain are of three types:

  1. Timelines
    • Lists of events from the domain’s history
    • Links between events suggesting influences
  2. Taxonomies
    • Lists of sub-domains
    • Trees branching into categories and sub-categories and so on
  3. Spaces
    • Venn diagrams indicating overlapping categories
    • Matrices defining the dimensions of a space of possibilities or area of potential

The Space of Design

Social Spaces: Lessons from Radical Architects

While Information Architecture took its name from architecture, it took very little else. This is not surprising, as the early days of the web were about making sites that supported the interaction between people and data. The obvious model back then was a library; a library is a space for humans to receive knowledge. But with the rise of social networks, and the integration of community into almost all online experiences, more architecture practices are directly transferable to design. Online spaces are no longer just about findability, but about falling in love, getting your work done, goofing around, reconnecting with old friends, staving off loneliness… humans doing human things.

A UX process diagram

A UX process diagram that maps software development life cycle (SDLC) and user centered design (UCD) activities together.

A UX Process diagram