A great Memorial Day weekend spent with family…now back to bloggin…. and of course working on Week 3! I won’t say I did not do any part of the homework but some of the external information architecture links posted by Adam were indeed thought provoking. I would like to share my thoughts (while lazing in the sun next to a pool!!!) on these:

  • http://www.boxesandarrows.com/view/site_diagrams_mapping_an_information_space
    Wow! I thought site diagrams were going to be a piece of cake!!! Well, now that I am back on ground (was flying high thinking I could easily ace these site diagrams) I am not so sure 😦 I learned a lot from the article and intend to use some concepts in my homework for Week 3. The diagrammatic approach is very important in Information architecture , the information has to be concise and precise.
  • http://evolt.org/article/Web_Site_Architecture_101/4090/635/index.html
    A simplistic approach to help you understand how effective navigation can help a website. I think this comes as a boon to web designers like me who waste a little too much time into details that do not matter πŸ™‚ What matters is getting relevant information in the quickest time to the user, Having 20,000 pages is not the solution! The “Aside:” comments and the scheme diagram is useful to understand the navigation concept and laying out your web-pages.
  • http://www.digital-web.com/articles/ia_as_an_extension_of_web_design/
    I like how Joshua (the author) likes to integrate the two aspects: Information architecture and Web Design. It’s hard to see these two getting married, often people tend to side one over the other but both in their own way play a key role. I think it is interesting to understand how both can work their way into the common Wed tasks as he described: Navigation, Layout and Code. I also like the idea about not having boundaries and keeping both roles open to experiment. That way, we don’t have preferences and that will surely expedite the web development process.