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IA Hub Project. Information Architecture & Design I INF 385E Group Members: Amy (Xueyin) Bai Li Cao Valerie Gomez de la Torre Jessica Kubik Misty McLaughlin. Introduction. Mission Need for an IA Resource at the iSchool Define goals in Project Proposal Create Project Website.

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ia hub project

IA Hub Project

Information Architecture & Design I

INF 385E

Group Members:

Amy (Xueyin) Bai

Li Cao

Valerie Gomez de la Torre

Jessica Kubik

Misty McLaughlin

  • Mission
    • Need for an IA Resource at the iSchool
  • Define goals in Project Proposal
  • Create Project Website

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planning meetings
Planning: Meetings
  • Client Meetings
    • Don Turnbull
  • Stakeholder Meetings
    • Dean Dillon
    • Randolph Bias
    • Oliver Chen
    • Shannon Lucas
  • Technology Meeting
    • Kai, iSchool Webmaster

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planning manage group process
Planning: Manage group process
  • Weekly Group Meetings
  • Email
  • Schedule & Tasks
  • Blog

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analysis content gathering
Analysis: Content Gathering
  • Content from client and stakeholders
  • Research for content externally
    • Other Graduate iSchool Programs
    • IA Terminology/definitions
    • Industry Resources
    • Professional Organizations
  • Content within iSchool
    • Current iSchool Website
    • research projects/papers
      • Professors
      • Students

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analysis content map
Analysis: Content Map

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analysis labels
Analysis: Labels


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  • The initial design phase
    • Meetings with Dean Dillon and Dr. Turnbull
      • Agreed that IA Hub site needed to be similar to the current PCS pages
    • Thoughts from Dean Dillon
      • Possible move away from current iSchool site design
    • Meeting with Kai Mantsch
      • iSchool CSS

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group consensus on design
Group Consensus on Design
  • Stick with the current iSchool site design
  • Keep it consistent with the iSchool design so that any future iSchool changes can easily be implemented

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design sketches
Design: Sketches


  • Design Drafts
  • Gave a visual of content and placement on pages

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design wireframe
Design: Wireframe


  • Browser Title
  • Page Title
  • Navigation
  • Content Area

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design changes decisions
Design: Changes & Decisions


  • Our own local navigation
    • similar to that of PCS
      • What is IA?
      • IA at UT
      • IA Resources
      • Events
  • Third column
    • break up heavy text
    • provide supplementary info
    • task focused

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design template
Design: Template


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design site map
Design: Site Map

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implementation build prototype
Implementation: Build Prototype
  • Live Prototype


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implementation tools technology style
Implementation: Tools, Technology & Style
  • Tools needed
    • Current version of Dreamweaver
    • iSchool CSS
  • Style Guide
    • CSS
      • www.ischool.utexas.edu/ischool.css
    • Navigation:
      • Global and Local Nav. Schemes
    • Updated Pages
    • File Locations & Naming Conventions
      • underscore_separated_titles.html
    • Contact Information for Kai Mantsch

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verification user testing heuristic evaluation
Verification: User Testing & Heuristic Evaluation


  • Jakob Nielsen’s Ten Usability Heuristics
    • Match between system and the real world
    • Consistency and standards
    • Flexibility and efficiency
    • Aesthetic and minimalist design
    • Help and documentation


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verification user testing heuristic evaluation1
Verification: User Testing & Heuristic Evaluation


  • General Usability Issues

- Too many page titles and sub-headings

- Not enough interlinking of pages and suggesting pathways for visitors

- Many links take you out of iSchool site

- Content heavy, not enough visuals

- Need annotations to accompany lists of links

- Difficult to move around “Events” section

- Lacks much by way of substance in content

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future top 10 areas for growth
Future: Top 10 Areas for Growth


  • Info for internal audiences
  • More faculty info
  • Info on current students for external audience
  • Profiles of recent grads / IA alum
  • Info on undergraduate backgrounds

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future top 10 areas for growth1
Future: Top 10 Areas for Growth

6) Info on relationship between IA and Kilgarlin Center / Librarianship

7) Dynamic RSS feed

8) Comprehensive glossary

9) Population-specific pages to create pathways into site

10) IA-only “Events” calendar

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future construction maintenance
Future: Construction & Maintenance


  • Construction

- Images


- Content / content review

- Final code verification

  • Maintenance

- ASIS&T Student Chapter

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post mortem
Post Mortem
  • Group Challenges

- Top-down v. bottom-up

- Not enough face-to-face contact with audience / stakeholders

  • Group Successes

- Making abstract ideas concrete

- Setting reasonable goals

- Alternating tasks between group members

  • Individual Members Comments


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Thank you!

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