Information Architecture for the World Wide Web

Information Architecture for the World Wide Web

by Peter Morville, Louis Rosenfeld
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Information Architecture for the World Wide Web by Peter Morville, Louis Rosenfeld

Some web sites "work" and some don't. Good web site consultants know that you can't just jump in and start writing HTML, the same way you can't build a house by just pouring a foundation and putting up some walls. You need to know who will be using the site, and what they'll be using it for. You need some idea of what you'd like to draw their attention to during their visit. Overall, you need a strong, cohesive vision for the site that makes it both distinctive and usable.Information Architecture for the World Wide Web is about applying the principles of architecture and library science to web site design. Each web site is like a public building, available for tourists and regulars alike to breeze through at their leisure. The job of the architect is to set up the framework for the site to make it comfortable and inviting for people to visit, relax in, and perhaps even return to someday.Most books on web development concentrate either on the aesthetics or the mechanics of the site. This book is about the framework that holds the two together. With this book, you learn how to design web sites and intranets that support growth, management, and ease of use. Special attention is given to:

  • The process behind architecting a large, complex site
  • Web site hierarchy design and organization
Information Architecture for the World Wide Web is for webmasters, designers, and anyone else involved in building a web site. It's for novice web designers who, from the start, want to avoid the traps that result in poorly designed sites. It's for experienced web designers who have already created sites but realize that something "is missing" from their sites and want to improve them. It's for programmers and administrators who are comfortable with HTML, CGI, and Java but want to understand how to organize their web pages into a cohesive site.The authors are two of the principals of Argus Associates, a web consulting firm. At Argus, they have created information architectures for web sites and intranets of some of the largest companies in the United States, including Chrysler Corporation, Barron's, and Dow Chemical.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781565922822
Publisher: O'Reilly Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/1998
Edition description: Older Edition
Pages: 224
Product dimensions: 7.05(w) x 9.15(h) x 0.59(d)

About the Author

Peter Morville is President and Founder of Semantic Studios, a leading information architecture and knowledge management consulting firm. From 1994 to 2001, Peter was Chief Executive Officer and a co-owner of Argus Associates, a pioneering information architecture design firm with world-class clients including 3Com, AT&T, Compaq, Ernst & Young, Ford, IBM, Microsoft, Procter & Gamble, and the Weather Channel. He also served as Executive Director of the ACIA. Over the past 8 years, Peter has written and spoken extensively about information architecture, business strategy, and knowledge management. He has been interviewed by Business Week, Knowledge Management magazine, MSNBC, and the Wall Street Journal.

Lou Rosenfeld is an independent information architecture consultant. He has been instrumental in helping establish the field of information architecture, and in articulating the role and value of librarianship within the field. Lou played a leading role in organizing and programming the first three information architecture conferences (both ASIS&T Summits and IA 2000). He also presents and moderates at such venues as CHI, COMDEX, Intranets, and the web design conferences produced by Miller Freeman, C|net and Thunder Lizard. He teaches tutorials as part of the Nielsen Norman Group User Experience Conference.

Table of Contents

Foreword

Preface

Chapter 1: What Makes a Web Site Work

Chapter 2: Introduction to Information Architecture

Chapter 3: Organizing Information

Chapter 4: Designing Navigation Systems

Chapter 5: Labeling Systems

Chapter 6: Searching Systems

Chapter 7: Research

Chapter 8: Conceptual Design

Chapter 9: Production and Operations

Chapter 10: Information Architecture in Action

Chapter 11: Selected Bibliography

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Guest More than 1 year ago
Too often I've visited web sites that looked great on the surface, but quickly became nightmares to navigate through. As a part-time web designer I try to make sure that doesn't happen, but after reading this book, I can see I still have a few things to learn. The authors are actually librarians themselves, so who better to write a book about organizing web information? They bring up many good points in this book, for example pointing out that designing a good information system on a web site requires careful planning, not just of the information but also your audience, what your audience will be looking for in the site, what kind of information, how you want them to navigate the site, etc. Also, the book's chapters covers topics like doing research on how the site should be set up, what types of search engines you should use for it, keeping the 'look and feel' of your site while using a search engine, types of information 'system' that work best for you, the process of planning and finally creating it, and then maintaining it after it is up and running. This book offers a good introduction to a part of web design that isn't terribly glamorous but still necessary.