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Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-Scale Web Sites

Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-Scale Web Sites

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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.

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.

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Publish date: Jun 19, 2007
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murdocke23 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
Known as the famous 'Polar Bear book' (because of the polar bear on the cover), or the IA bible. I read a library copy of this book in 2006, and then went through my own copy of the 3rd edition again in 2007. It is a very in-depth book into IA and how it applies to the web. There's a lot of material to cover, so it takes a while to read if you want to absorb it all, especially if you never heard of the ideas before. But it's a very useful book, and also serves as a good as a reference while modelling out large sites. Perhaps less useful for fairly small-scale sites, but still appropriate. (If you haven't been exposed to the material before, it also gives you a greater appreciation for library sciences.)
ddailey_13 reviewed this
I am thoroughly enjoying this book. Good as both an introduction to the topic and as a reference. Updated well, with lots of resources, further references and suggested links. Just what you'd expect from a coupla library science geeks.
getaneh_1 reviewed this
Rated 5/5
it is an excellent work, it's language is very catchy, simple and humourous.
wfzimmerman reviewed this
Rated 5/5
The standard (and pioneering) book on its topic, by a friend and fellow Ann Arborite.
pivo1 reviewed this
Rated 4/5
The classic on information architecture for the web that essentially defines the field. This is a thorough, detailed book covering a range of topics. Suitable for classroom use or as a reference book for any web designer or web developer. This is a must-have book on web design. Chapter 4 briefly discusses labels and labeling. Examples of good and bad labeling systems are reviewed in detail. Practical information about creating labeling systems and sources of appropriate labels is offered. Chapter 7 details different types of navigation, including good discussions of site maps, site indexes, visualization, and social navigation.
alsatia_1 reviewed this
Rated 3/5
If you are designing a complex website, you need to read and understand the principles in this book. Hands down the best place to look for guidance on websites, if you're looking for how to organize the information in a transparent and useful manner. Not a great read, but you know, it's a tech manual. :-)
rnarvaez_38 reviewed this
Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, 2nd Edition, shows you how to blend aesthetics and mechanics for distinctive, cohesive web sites that work. Most books on web development concentrate on either the graphics or the technical issues of a site. This book focuses on the framework that holds the two together. This edition contains more than 75% new material. You'll find updated chapters on organization, labeling, navigation, and searching.
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