Information Architecture & Design  <ul><li>Week 10 Schedule </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Construction of IA and Web </li></ul></u...
IA Methodology Analysis Design Verification Construction Maintenance Planning
The Construction Phase <ul><li>Construction is building the product.  </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using all of the information f...
Construction <ul><li>Developing Content </li></ul><ul><li>Organizing Content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Version Control </li></...
Construction Tips <ul><li>Don’t Use “Bad” Tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interfaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Functionality ...
Construction Resources <ul><li>http://www.dynamicdrive.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://perso.wanadoo.fr/ablavier/TidyGUI/ </...
More Construction Resources <ul><li>http://www.apple.com/developer/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://msdn.microsoft.com/ </li></ul...
Constructing the IA Product <ul><li>Planning and Designing Are Over – What’s Next? </li></ul><ul><li>Construction (Dependi...
Making the Case for IA <ul><li>The Methods Save Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Less Design Errors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul>...
IA ROI (Construction Goals) <ul><ul><li>Find Information Faster </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find Information (!) </li></ul>...
IA Value (& Design) Checklist <ul><li>Reduces the Cost of Finding Information </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces the Cost of Findin...
IA Value Checklist, Part Two <ul><li>Improves Brand Loyalty </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ease of Use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>S...
IA Value Checklist, Part Three <ul><li>Reduces Organizational Upheaval </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Design Goals are Explained an...
IA & Business Strategy <ul><li>Business Goals vs. IA </li></ul><ul><li>IA Exposes Business Goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New...
Presentations
Let’s Talk about IA Tools <ul><li>What Are You Using? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HTML/XML </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphics <...
Class Work: IA Tools for the Future <ul><li>Search Engine  (For a Web Site) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thesaurus Management </l...
Web Design Critiques <ul><ul><li>www.ischool.utexas.edu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.utexas.edu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><...
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  • Information Mapping Never write a information module twice. Never include an information module twice. Just refer to it. Replace the Paragraph as the Base Unit of Information. Fewer than seven sentences Clearly labeled by type ( Headings are the most common way of doing this) Each block has one main point or lesson Use similar descriptions for similar concepts Version Control Turning over the file to another developer Edits Prototypes Alpha Test Beta Test Version Formats
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    1. 1. Information Architecture & Design <ul><li>Week 10 Schedule </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Construction of IA and Web </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Rosenfeld Chapters 17 & 18 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>IA Tools </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Presentations </li></ul></ul>
    2. 2. IA Methodology Analysis Design Verification Construction Maintenance Planning
    3. 3. The Construction Phase <ul><li>Construction is building the product. </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using all of the information from the preceding phases to make a product suited to the users and their environment. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Following structured information engineering principles to provide rigor and metrics. </li></ul></ul>
    4. 4. Construction <ul><li>Developing Content </li></ul><ul><li>Organizing Content </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Version Control </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Conventions </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Construction Methods </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Templates </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>File Names </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Cooperative Development </li></ul><ul><li>Backups </li></ul><ul><li>Revision to Project Plan </li></ul>
    5. 5. Construction Tips <ul><li>Don’t Use “Bad” Tools </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Interfaces </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Functionality </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Import – Exports – File Formats </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Don’t Rely on Tool-Generated Markup </li></ul><ul><li>Fine-Tune Generated Markup </li></ul><ul><li>Save Multiple (All) Versions </li></ul><ul><li>Prepare Different Formats </li></ul><ul><li>Backups </li></ul><ul><li>Coordination </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Version Control </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Serial Development </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Communication </li></ul></ul>
    6. 6. Construction Resources <ul><li>http://www.dynamicdrive.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://perso.wanadoo.fr/ablavier/TidyGUI/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://builder.cnet.com/webbuilding/0-7600.html </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.webdeveloper.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.ddj.com/topics/xml/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://info.med.yale.edu/caim/manual/contents.html </li></ul>
    7. 7. More Construction Resources <ul><li>http://www.apple.com/developer/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://msdn.microsoft.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://devedge.netscape.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.w3.org/Style/CSS/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://oreilly.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.onjava.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.onlamp.com/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://sourceforge.net/ </li></ul><ul><li>http://www.w3.org/ </li></ul>
    8. 8. Constructing the IA Product <ul><li>Planning and Designing Are Over – What’s Next? </li></ul><ul><li>Construction (Depending on Size) Uses the Most Project Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>People </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Selling the Project </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“Making the Case” To Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“Business Strategy” for Developers & IA Project Team </li></ul></ul><ul><li>IA Is A Resource </li></ul>
    9. 9. Making the Case for IA <ul><li>The Methods Save Resources </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Less Design Errors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Faster Construction </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Following the Plan </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Over 90% of Software Projects Are Never Completed </li></ul><ul><li>Requirements Aren’t Tracked for Subsequent Versions </li></ul>
    10. 10. IA ROI (Construction Goals) <ul><ul><li>Find Information Faster </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Find Information (!) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Make Sense of Information Found </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less Time Searching for Documents </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>More Completed Purchases </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fewer Navigation Errors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Better Understanding of Information (Context and Content) </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Fewer System Resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Less Technical Support </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Higher Quality Final Design </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Difficult To Verify and Measure </li></ul></ul>
    11. 11. IA Value (& Design) Checklist <ul><li>Reduces the Cost of Finding Information </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces the Cost of Finding Wrong Information </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces the Cost of Not Finding Information at All </li></ul><ul><li>Provides a Competitive Advantage </li></ul><ul><li>Increases Product Awareness </li></ul><ul><li>Increases Sales </li></ul><ul><li>Makes Using a Site A More Enjoyable Experience </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(IAv2 p 344-5) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    12. 12. IA Value Checklist, Part Two <ul><li>Improves Brand Loyalty </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Ease of Use </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Strong, Unique Design </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reduces Reliance on Documentation </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces Maintenance Costs </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sensible IA Structures </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For the User </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>For the Developers </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Reduces Training Costs </li></ul><ul><li>Reduces Staff Turnover </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Better Development Methods </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Comments </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>File Sharing </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Backups </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    13. 13. IA Value Checklist, Part Three <ul><li>Reduces Organizational Upheaval </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Design Goals are Explained and Agreed Upon Early </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Good Development Reduces Surprises </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Reduces Organizational Politicking </li></ul><ul><li>Improves Knowledge Sharing </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Group Communication </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>File Sharing </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Development Standards </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Templates </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tools </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Reduces Duplication of Effort </li></ul><ul><li>Solidifies Business Strategies </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>(IAv2 p 344-5) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul></ul>
    14. 14. IA & Business Strategy <ul><li>Business Goals vs. IA </li></ul><ul><li>IA Exposes Business Goals </li></ul><ul><ul><li>New Models for Organizing Information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New Tasks With Old Information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>New Ways of Working </li></ul></ul><ul><li>The IA Project Plan as a Business Plan </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on the Users/Customers </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Focus on Goals (in addition to Tasks) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Corporate Sponsorship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Business Needs </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Executive Clarity </li></ul></ul>
    15. 15. Presentations
    16. 16. Let’s Talk about IA Tools <ul><li>What Are You Using? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>HTML/XML </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Graphics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Navigation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Image Maps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Javascripts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Forms </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Site Maps </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Directories </li></ul></ul>
    17. 17. Class Work: IA Tools for the Future <ul><li>Search Engine (For a Web Site) </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Thesaurus Management </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Portals </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Web Analytics </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Diagramming </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Integrated HTML/CSS/XML Editors </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Site Management </li></ul></ul>
    18. 18. Web Design Critiques <ul><ul><li>www.ischool.utexas.edu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>www.utexas.edu </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>news.google.com </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Graphic of Current Page </li></ul><ul><li>Re-Design Graphic of Current Page </li></ul><ul><li>Text Commentary on Changes and Why </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Callouts </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Class Readings to Make your Points </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Use Design Ideas from other Sites to Make your Points </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Be Creative… Innovate </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Build on These Ideas </li></ul></ul>
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