Before beginning to create content for our website (resources, information, our projects), we spent a substantial amount of time brainstorming what content we wanted for the site and how it would be organized. First, we brainstormed using whiteboards as a group. Then we grouped sticky notes, labeled with a particular page or category for content, to visually organize the structural ideas we had for our website.
If you’re interested in information architecture, or how content is effectively structured, categorized, and organized, check out the following resources:
- Information Architecture Basics at usability.gov – according to the website, usability.gov “the leading resource for user experience (UX) best practices and guidelines, serving practitioners and students in the government and private sectors”
- Complete Beginner’s Guide to Information Architecture – an article from uxbooth.com
- Steve Krug’s Don’t Make Me Think – “When I wrote Don’t Make Me Think, my intent was to help people learn to think like a usability expert: to ask the same questions that I have in mind when I’m trying to make something more usable.” (Steve Krug)