Information ArchitectureMental Model: Know what the user expects.It does help if you are a user, but it mightalso blind you.Content Model: Study the client’s needscarefully. Spend less time talking to him andmore being talked to by him.You solution should be a pleasant surprisefor both user and client.
Information & PowerNewsdesign is a power battleInformation systems improve when theirhandling becomes simpler. This applies toFrontend, backend and corporate processes.The design of news sites degrades to weirdcosmetics if you don’t have direct access tothe top decision makers.
NewsportalNews Layouts follow two patterns. Either they tryto immitate the multi colum layout of traditionalnewspapers (NYT) or they look like blogs (seeTechcrunch).You don’t have much choice to begin with, butwhatever you do, make the pictures big and thetexts short.
Design ProcessPaper is good for sketching out ideas. The restshould happen in the medium you work for.1. Wire frames: Paper, White board, Fireworks2. Interaction design: HTML prototype3. Information design: HTML prototype4. Look & feel: Fireworks, HTML prototype