Monday, July 10, 2006

Me-centric Information Structures

LukeW on info structures...

"In Web Style Guide, Patrick Lynch and Sarah Horton describe three basic structures that “govern the navigational interface of a Web site and mold a user's mental models of how information is organized.” These three information structures are sequences, hierarchies, and webs.

Sequences “may be chronological, a logical series of topics progressing from the general to the specific, or alphabetical, as in indexes, encyclopedias, and glossaries.” Hierarchies “are particularly suited to Web site organization and very familiar in corporate and institutional life.” Webs “mimic associative thought and the free flow of ideas, allowing users to follow their interests in a unique, heuristic, idiosyncratic pattern.”

Though every Web application tends to have some sequential organization (registration flows or wizards), some hierarchical organization (help systems) and some Web-like linking, the more functional productivity applications I’ve helped design predominately employ hierarchical information structures. People are mostly using these programs to get specific things done like data management, e-commerce, reporting, etc. An understandable and familiar information structure helps them achieve their goals quickly and easily."   continued ...   (Via LukeW)

Different infomation structures. - User Interface Design, Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Ergonomics

Different infomation structures


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