In my previous post of the IA Files, I promised I would begin to share best practices for building effective website navigation systems. One “rule of thumb” at the top of my list relates to Navigation Breadth and Depth. The first part of this rule says that static navigation menus should not exceed 7 (plus or minus […]

In my previous post in the IA Files, we took a look at definitions – those things you typically find in dictionaries or, perhaps more commonly today, when you type ‘define <word>‘ in a Google search. A definition states the meaning of a concept and distinguishes it from all others, thus preserving the logical order of a concept’s […]

In my previous post in the IA Files, I introduced the role of concepts in human cognition and language. I wrote about how concepts are formed in a process that involves both differentiation and integration. Being conscious of that process can help you become a better Information Architect (IA). Today we continue building on this foundation with a […]

We are all information architects. It’s just what we do. It’s what makes us human. Our ability to organize and classify information, to conceptualize and abstract – they’re what differentiate us from all other animals on the planet. It’s no wonder that information architecture is so fascinating; it goes to the very heart of our […]

Those who practice user-centered design might say that Information Architecture (IA) is all about organizing information in a way that is most useful and meaningful to end-users. Indeed that’s a big part of it, but certainly not all. If that were really all there was to it, we could just call it Information Organization. But Architecture implies more; it implies […]