Content types – the patterns of content in an organization's digital presence – are an essential building block for any effective redesign. However, content strategists, user experience designers, and visual designers have very different understandings of what "content type" means. By coming to a common understanding, these experts can work together to craft a smart, sustainable online presence. There are several purposes for identifying the types of content on a website:
- Identifying content models, which enable better presentation on multiple devices and power dynamically created collections
- Enabling rules for content creation, review, promotion, and expiration
- Making it easier for content creators to choose effective metadata
Technologists and content management systems tend to define content types very broadly, considering them equivalent to templates. Visual designers und user experience designers often define content types in terms of various elements and their size and relation to one another. Content strategists think about what the content is about, what its business rules need to be, and how it is surfaced.
Bringing these perspectives together ensures the most robust definition, conception, and execution of content types. This presentation looks at lots of examples of content types and identifies how they would best work in different environments and for different purposes.