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Organize Week 4

Collecting and Cataloguing Content:

Collecting and Cataloguing Content Content is the key ingredient because: Provides purpose of site Gives clues to effective structure and linking pages features Content Organization: Deciding What Matters Most

Develop Site Structure & Organize Information:

Develop Site Structure & Organize Information Collect and catalogue content Outline content Chunk content

Collecting & Cataloguing content:

Collecting & Cataloguing content Conduct a Content Audit to: Collect Content Edit Content Organize the content that is delivered

Content audit:

Content audit Question to answer about each piece of content Is it relevant? Is it necessary? Will users read it?

Cutting unnecessary information:

Cutting unnecessary information Focus on conciseness: It reduces the noise level of the page. It makes the useful content more prominent. It makes the pages shorter, allowing users to see more of each page at a glance without scrolling.

Removing “Happy Talk”:

Removing “Happy Talk” Introductory text Tell customers what they are about to see. Tell customers how great company is.

Audit methodologies:

Audit methodologies Print out content and throw into labeled piles Create and excel or word check off list.

Outlining a site:

Outlining a site Major topics usually primary pages Secondary topics listed beneath each main topic Note were pages will link together

Outline and Chunk Content:

Outline and Chunk Content Outline content tips on outlining: Use existing site as a basis Use web site's primary goals Understand organization's major content areas Establish a hierarchy of important areas based on goals Use features or interactive tools Imagine relationships between areas Hierarchy Relationship Function Growth


"CHUNKING" INFORMATION Lynch and Horton's reasons for chunking: People don’t like to read. Discrete chunks of information lend themselves to Web links. Chunking can help organize and present information in a uniform format. Concise chunks of information The concept of a chunk of information must be flexible and consistent

Information Chunking- Hierarchy :

Information Chunking- Hierarchy Hierarchy move the user from the most general overview, through sub-menus and content pages that become increasingly more specific. determines basic navigation structures for the user. should be ranked: order of importance by the degree of interrelationship among units.

Information Chunking- Relationship :

Information Chunking- Relationship Building Relationships Help build mental models Site should be intuitive. predictions about where to find things. Done though consistent methods of grouping, ordering, labeling, and graphically arranging information Logical organization is key to happy users

Information Chunking- Function :

Information Chunking- Function Function Chunking presents a balanced set of options to the user. The information in these sites needs to be broken apart into additional categories and levels. . Too Shallow Too Deep

Information Chunking- Growth :

Information Chunking- Growth Future site growth Information chunking should take future needs into consideration banana muffins steak chicken milk biscuits oranges carrots broccoli French bread asparagus yogurt


References Content Organization: Deciding What Matters Most http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2010/07/content-organization-deciding-what-matters-most/ Garrett, Jesse James. The Elements of User Experience . New Riders Publishing, 2002 Spool, Jared. Designing for the Scent of Information . User Interface Engineering, 2004. Kelly Goto and Emily Cotler , Web Style Guide 2nd Edition excerpt from Chapter 3 - Site Design http://academictech.doit.wisc.edu/ORFI/wds/Modules/organizing.htm#hierarchy Site Planning & Information Design : Collecting and Cataloguing Content http://desource.uvu.edu/dgm/2740/IN/steinja/lessons/02/l02_03.html

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