Category Archives: Information architecture

Card template for card sorting workshops

Download an easy-to-use template you can print and cut to create cards for your card sorting workshops. Save time when working with multiple audience groups and larger website structures.

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Introducing one-month subscriptions for Naview

We have just released an update to Naview with several improvements. You can now subscribe for one month only, and we also have a special offer for new customers! Read the full post for details.

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Announcing new plans for Naview, plus product updates

We are excited to announce the launch of new Naview plans today! These new plans offer more functionality and extra capacity and are available immediately. Naview has received a host of other enhancements too, read the full post for more.

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Create easier navigations using Naview – Sign up for Early Access now

Naview helps you to design and build navigation prototypes quickly and test the usability of your navigation with users. It is made specifically for user experience and information architects, business analysts and web designers who design large website structures. We have been working hard on a new version of Naview and the beta is finally out! Read the full post for more.

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17 guidelines for better information architecture…from 1991

Kent L. Norman published an interesting book titled “The Psychology of Menu Selection: Designing Cognitive Control at the Human/Computer Interface” almost two decades ago. This post lists some the menu design guidelines provided in the book, adapted for information architects to use with today’s websites.

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Poster: Card sorting guidelines for participants

In recent card sorting sessions, we have made a poster with “card sorting guidelines” available to the participants. These guidelines serve as a quick reference when the participants are immersed in sorting the cards and remind them of the “do’s” and “don’ts” in grouping and labelling. Read the full post for more.

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Test your information architecture using C-Inspector

It is important that users can easily find the information they are looking for on your website – otherwise they’ll leave. It’s a good idea to test your new information architecture with real users before building the site.

Read the full post on how to run effective IA testing using a new tool called C-Inspector and how it compares to Optimal Workshop’s Treejack.

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Naview videos: Introduction and sharing navigation structures

Read the full post for a video introduction to Naview and an overview of the new sharing functionality.

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Naview: Navigation preview tool for rapid IA prototyping

Naview is a new navigation preview tool for rapid information architecture prototyping. It helps information architects design and visualise a new navigational structure and aims to bridge the gap between card sorting and IA user testing. Read the full post for more.

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Using Treejack to test your website structure

You have designed an information architecture for a new website that you’re going to build. How do you make sure it’s easy for your users to find the information they are looking for? By testing with real users.

Read the full post on how to run effective IA testing using Treejack, a great new tool from Optimal Workshop.

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