Category Archives Information Architecture

Information architecture is about helping people understand their surroundings and find what they’re looking for, in the real world as well as online.

Typical activities include: User Research and Analysis, Navigation and Hierarchy Creation, Wireframing and Taxonomies and Metadata creation.

Oftentimes, our IT departments attempt to solve the problem through the procurement of new technologies that come with the promise of improving findability only to find that <strong>the more technology we throw at the problem, the more complex it becomes</strong> and the further behind we fall.

Information may be infinite, however… the organisation of information is finite as it can only be organised by LATCH: Location, Alphabet, Time, Category, or Hierarchy.

No link is an island on the Web. No content is a silo. In a network, it pays to network.


Another development resource, beautiful in its utility, from the good folks at ZURB. Built with their wonderful Foundation front-end framework. Supersedes Weedy Garden's HigherEd RWD Directory and Brad Frost's Responsive Navigation Patterns as my favourite source of responsive design inspiration.

It's not how many clicks it takes; it's how many clicks it feels [and] "Looks Cool!" Should Never Interfere With "Works Well!"


I recently wanted to check my knowledge about the structure and origin of search results as served in a Google SERP before a meeting with a stakeholder. I specifically wanted to check their design and how to influence their utility for users. Here's a great, but slightly dated (2007), primer from Matt Cutts, a Software Engineer at Google. Search Result…

The way to reduce clutter is not to thin down and sprawl out the content; instead fix the design. Clutter and confusion are not attributes of information, they are failures of design.

Gerry McGovern