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by Christina Wodtke

Download Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web (2nd Edition) eBook
ISBN:
0321600800
Author:
Christina Wodtke
Category:
Web Development & Design
Language:
English
Publisher:
New Riders; 2 edition (February 1, 2009)
Pages:
312 pages
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1800 kb
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Download it once and read it on your Kindle device, PC, phones or tablets. Finally, a book about the technical topics of web architecture and usability that is fun to read, informative and authoritative. Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web introduces the core concepts of information architecture: organizing web site content so that it can be found, designing web site interaction so that it's pleasant to use, and creating an interface that is easy to understand.

This book is not meant for specialized Information Architects, rather it is aimed at Designers who need to perform IA tasks as part of their job. The book touches on key points such as creating personas and user-flows. This easy-to-read book carries a light-hearted tone, and charming illustrations by Michael Fleming are used as humorous visual aids for the concepts.

Information Architecture book. She’s the author of 101 Theses on Design, Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web and her new book about OKRs, Radical Focus. Currently she teaches at California College of the Arts and Stanford Continuing Education. She speaks everywhere from conferences to universities to boardrooms, and opines across the internet, but most often on eleganthack.

by Austin Govella, Christina Wodtke. This book helps designers, project managers, programmers, and other information architecture practitioners avoid costly mistakes by teaching the skills of information architecture swiftly and clearly. Publisher: New Riders. Release Date: January 2009.

Christina Wodtke and Austin Govella. com To report errors, please send a note to erratahpit. Blueprints for the web. Sounds like a typical Web project to me. Our goal for this book is for you to learn rocket science in a day without blowing anyone up.

Christina Wodtke has been an information architect for four years and is a leader in the growing field of information architecture. She founded Boxes and Arrows, an online magazine of information architecture; chaired the fourth annual ASIS&T summit on information architecture; and has spoken on the topic of information architecture at conferences ranging from Seybold to Web World.

Christina Wodtke and Austin Govella

Christina Wodtke and Austin Govella.

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Information Architecture: Blueprints for the Web, Second Edition introduces the core concepts of information architecture: organizing web site content so that it can be found, designing website interaction so that it's pleasant to use, and creating an interface that is easy to understand. This book helps designers, project managers, programmers, and other information architecture practitioners avoid costly mistakes by teaching the skills of information architecture swiftly and clearly.
  • Kazigrel
I gave this book 4 stars because it's way past time for a 3rd revision. I bought the book like a lot of Information Architects to learn something new. Christina's writing gives me a warm and fuzzy feel. Like a lot of geeks, I am comfortable with less warm and fuzzy. But much of IA requires people skills. And I may sure if women have an edge here. I am an abstract thinker and love working with taxonomies, record retention schedules, but less so with card sorting. And socially negotiated anything, but that is why we need teams to get it right. Especially people trained in running workshops versus sending out surveys. IA requires "touching" real users instead of personas to develop controlled vocabularies with preferred terms. But still use search logs to refine your taxonomies. This edition is dated with respect to state of art, and so I would encourage a third edition. I am a new Information Architect and am learning best practices. Some books are dry and technical, others are warm and technical. This book is the later.
  • Precious
This is still one of the best books on the subject of Information Architecture, best handbook of knowledge on how to think like an IA, become a practicing IA by performing IA related tasks and activities with your end users and your design team. 'Big IA' (or User Experience design from an IA perspective) is like being a Film Director for a web development team...it can give you a headache, heart ache or ulcerous stress test...but the relationships you'll build along the way are priceless!
  • Nirn
I'm a web developer and have always been fascinated with the interaction of humans and web sites, and this book does an excellent job of explaining the subject in simple terms while addressing more complex issues, as well. I read this book back in 2003 when it was first published and, not being an information architect, was happy to find it spoke to my level of knowledge.

With chapter titles like "First Principles: Some rules of thumb, and some thumbing of the rules" and "Gurus and Rules: In which some people like to boss you around, when we know that's my job," the book entertains as it educates, and leaves you with a comrehensive set of steps & guidelines when designing a site from scratch or improving an existing one. Numerous case studies, screen shots and diagrams also break up the monotony of what could otherwise be a boring subject.

If you're new to IA or are looking to expand your knowledge of architecting user interfaces for the web, this book belongs on your bookshelf.
  • Ricep
I have a degree in Information Science - but its been a few years so I was looking for an overview of the field to refresh my memory, and also to get up to date on any advances in the field of information classification, methods for subject matter breakdown, application of taxonomy, etc ...

So, overall I'm rating this four stars as a good overview of Information Architecture. They manage to cover a vast and advanced field in a reasonably sized space. They do it pretty well, considering. I don't regret the purchase and I do recommend it for the beginning / intermediate user.

However (caveats):

I can't help but see the irony in the presentation. ie ... in covering the subject matter that concerns itself with the science and methods behind classifying information simply and clearly for human consumption?:

The book is all over the map.

Headers for key subjects are not always clear, simple, and consistent at all. Key concepts that are essential to understanding a core subject - are at times buried in colloquial verbiage that serves more to make the subject more confusing that it should. At times I expected the authors to throw in little smiley faces and cute picture of puppy dogs and flowers to make the subject less intimidating and more appealing.

Not necessary - simplicity and clarity are the hallmarks of good IA, and in trying to make the book 'feel' more friendly, they break the rules inherent in what they are trying to teach you to do - and what not to do. In doing so they make it more difficult to learn, and harder to find what you are looking for ... which is exactly what they are trying to teach you not to do!

Like I said: 'Blueprints' is so ironic that it inspired me to take the time to write and post this review. In addition:

The authors are associated with an IA site called 'Boxes and Arrows'. I took a look at the site and my first impression was that it was way more difficult to navigate and understand the hierarchy than it should be: especially for an IA and content management career site.

Then - at one point in the book - they address this. They discuss a redesign of the site that will make it easier for users to find what they are looking for, and get involved with the site.

But the work was never done on the site! It's an IA site, about the field of making information clear and findable, that is not clear and the information is not findable. And they discuss this in the book that they wrote about learning good IA. Then ... they never implemented the fixes they discuss as an illustration in their own book!

Huh?? I am laughing right now because I find irony very funny :) Especially when its so cool and circular like this is. They do seem like nice people and I did get a lot out of the book however. With a bit of tweaking a new edition of the book could be a whole lot more effective (and fix the damn site!!)