Category: Information Architecture

It’s really time to give away some of secrets about how to interview UX people without breaching NDA’s and opening recruitment agency staff and clients to litigation. First an easy one, if someone offers to show a UX portfolio don’t even interview them! Why? well if it’s of real work it’s a breach of contract, if it’s Read More

How do you design the experience? You can design a framework or architecture but the experience is in someone’s mind and in their emotions. UX research or UX analysis all make lots of sense but UX design does not, UX is in the emotions of the user not in a digital product or system. The Read More

A UX portfolio shows the candidate is a thief and the interviewer opens a legal claim against them for viewing confidential information. The request for UX portfolios are what happens when graphic designers end up in charge of a UX department. In graphics, most things get published in the public domain so it’s completely fine Read More

User Experience (UX) why is it important? User experience is so important because it enables client companies to get to the heart of their relationship with their customers without the marketing glamor that hides how they really feel and what they really experience. Client companies spend a great deal of money creating myths about what Read More

The UX point of view is we have no point of view That’s the point of UX (in fact it’s been created that way) any person who can offer a UX point of view (without actual user and business perspective) is not a UX practitioner. I get really concerned when I’m asked for my opinion Read More

The following is a paper I wrote in 2005. New Version Here. Converting browsers to buyers: exploring what drives consumer choice in internet e-commerce Why do internet users behave as they do, are their activities solely determined by website design? Or do they create their own pathways as a response to designated systems. For many, Read More

Given the response from the last post I’m going to take the educational publishing example a bit further, if I have time before my next contract I will also create an investment banking example. I am also being asked for diagrams that explain these relationships, again if I have time I will do these also. Read More

IA is not another name for UX User experience (UX) and Information Architecture (IA) are very different and have separate skill sets, processes and outputs. I often talk to people who add IA on the their CV as if it’s some simple skill, it’s actually more complex and difficult than UX. IA is also hundreds Read More

Information Architecture IA Information Architecture (IA) entities like cells A simple website may only include 8 top level pages, 50 secondary and perhaps only 300 tertiary labelled (taxonomy) navigation elements, that’s only 358 entities. However IA tends to be associated with the structure and classification of websites, intranets and software that accesses in excess of Read More