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Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, 3rd Edition


The post-Ajaxian Web 2.0 world of wikis, folksonomies, and mashups makes well-planned information architecture even more essential. How do you present large volumes of information to people who need to find what they’re looking for quickly? This classic primer shows information architects, designers, and web site developers how to build large-scale and maintainable web sites that are appealing and easy to navigate.

The new edition is thoroughly updated to address emerging technologies — with recent examples, new scenarios, and information on best practices — while maintaining its focus on fundamentals. With topics that range from aesthetics to mechanics, Information Architecture for the World Wide Web explains how to create interfaces that users can understand right away. Inside, you’ll find:

  • An overview of information architecture for both newcomers and experienced practitioners
  • The fundamental components of an architecture, illustrating the interconnected nature of these systems. Updated, with updates for tagging, folksonomies, social classification, and guided navigation
  • Tools, techniques, and methods that take you from research to strategy and design to implementation. This edition discusses blueprints, wireframes and the role of diagrams in the design phase
  • A series of short essays that provide practical tips and philosophical advice for those who work on information architecture
  • The business context of practicing and promoting information architecture, including recent lessons on how to handle enterprise architecture
  • Case studies on the evolution of two large and very different information architectures, illustrating best practices along the way

How do you document the rich interfaces of web applications? How do you design for multiple platforms and mobile devices? With emphasis on goals and approaches over tactics or technologies, this enormously popular book gives you knowledge about information architecture with a framework that allows you to learn new approaches — and unlearn outmoded ones.

Table of Contents
Part I: Introducing Information Architecture
Chapter 1. Defining Information Architecture
Chapter 2. Practicing Information Architecture
Chapter 3. User Needs and Behaviors

Part II: Basic Principles of Information Architecture
Chapter 4. The Anatomy of an Information Architecture
Chapter 5. Organization Systems
Chapter 6. Labeling Systems
Chapter 7. Navigation Systems
Chapter 8. Search Systems
Chapter 9. Thesauri, Controlled Vocabularies, and Metadata

Part III: Process and Methodology
Chapter 10. Research
Chapter 11. Strategy
Chapter 12. Design and Documentation

Part IV: Information Architecture in Practice
Chapter 13. Education
Chapter 14. Ethics
Chapter 15. Building an Information Architecture Team
Chapter 16. Tools and Software

Part V: Information Architecture in the Organization
Chapter 17. Making the Case for Information Architecture
Chapter 18. Business Strategy
Chapter 19. Information Architecture for the Enterprise

Part VI: Case Studies
Chapter 20. MSWeb: An Enterprise Intranet
Chapter 21. evolt.org: An Online Community

Book Details

  • Paperback: 528 pages
  • Publisher: O’Reilly Media; 3rd Edition (November 2006)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0596527349
  • ISBN-13: 978-0596527341
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