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Information WayfindingTyler Tate
Part 11. The role of metaphor2. What is wayfinding?3. Information seeking as wayfinding
Part 21. Elements of the information environment2. Information wayfinding strategies3. Heuristics for effective wayfinding...
The role of metaphor
“Mankind evolved in a world of space andtime. Our memories evolved to record eventsthat transpire in space and time. Moder...
“Our concepts structure what we perceive,how we get around in the world, and how werelate to other people. Our conceptual ...
What is wayfinding?
The wayfinding process
The wayfinding process1. Developing a decision plan2. Executing a decision from the plan3. Processing environmental inform...
Information seeking aswayfinding
Q3        Q5           Q6               Q4     Q2                            Q7Q1The dynamic, or “berrypicking” model.
Recognize                 NeedUse                             FindInterpretation                  Information             ...
Elements of the  environment1. Districts2. Layers3. Nodes4. Bits of information
Wayfinding strategies1. Aerial descent2. Teleport3. Bottom-up4. Conversational
Heuristics
Fluid survey views
Fluid survey views1. Controls for both districts and layers
Fluid survey views1. Controls for both districts and layers2. Data visualization to enhance orientation
Unified interaction
Unified interaction1. Search in context
Positional cues
Positional cues1. Human-readable URLs
Positional cues1. Human-readable URLs2. Integrated breadcrumbs
Clear paths
Clear paths1. Links between nodes
Clear paths1. Links between nodes2. Topic views
Information WayfindingTyler Tate
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition
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Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition

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Presented at the European Bioinformatics Institute in Cambridge, UK on February 26.

Thanks to @francisrowland for inviting me, and for the excellent blog coverage: http://ebiinterfaces.wordpress.com/2013/02/27/information-wayfinding-tyler-tate/

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Information Wayfinding — EBI Interfaces Edition

  1. 1. Information WayfindingTyler Tate
  2. 2. Part 11. The role of metaphor2. What is wayfinding?3. Information seeking as wayfinding
  3. 3. Part 21. Elements of the information environment2. Information wayfinding strategies3. Heuristics for effective wayfinding design
  4. 4. The role of metaphor
  5. 5. “Mankind evolved in a world of space andtime. Our memories evolved to record eventsthat transpire in space and time. Modernattempts to externalise and enlarge thatmemory should not, and probably need not,neglect its spatiotemporal dimensions.”— George A. Miller
  6. 6. “Our concepts structure what we perceive,how we get around in the world, and how werelate to other people. Our conceptual systemthus plays a central role in defining oureveryday realities. If we are right in suggestingthat our conceptual system is largelymetaphorical, then the way we think, what weexperience, and what we do every day is verymuch a matter of metaphor.”— George Lakoff and Mark Johnson
  7. 7. What is wayfinding?
  8. 8. The wayfinding process
  9. 9. The wayfinding process1. Developing a decision plan2. Executing a decision from the plan3. Processing environmental information
  10. 10. Information seeking aswayfinding
  11. 11. Q3 Q5 Q6 Q4 Q2 Q7Q1The dynamic, or “berrypicking” model.
  12. 12. Recognize NeedUse FindInterpretation Information Validate and Interpret InformationThe information journey model.
  13. 13. Elements of the environment1. Districts2. Layers3. Nodes4. Bits of information
  14. 14. Wayfinding strategies1. Aerial descent2. Teleport3. Bottom-up4. Conversational
  15. 15. Heuristics
  16. 16. Fluid survey views
  17. 17. Fluid survey views1. Controls for both districts and layers
  18. 18. Fluid survey views1. Controls for both districts and layers2. Data visualization to enhance orientation
  19. 19. Unified interaction
  20. 20. Unified interaction1. Search in context
  21. 21. Positional cues
  22. 22. Positional cues1. Human-readable URLs
  23. 23. Positional cues1. Human-readable URLs2. Integrated breadcrumbs
  24. 24. Clear paths
  25. 25. Clear paths1. Links between nodes
  26. 26. Clear paths1. Links between nodes2. Topic views
  27. 27. Information WayfindingTyler Tate

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