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Information Architecture for the World Wide Web: Designing Large-scale Web Sites [Paperback]

Peter Morville , Louis Rosenfeld
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11 Feb 1998

Some web sites "work" and some don't. Good web site consultants know that you can't just jump in and start writing HTML, the same way you can't build a house by just pouring a foundation and putting up some walls. You need to know who will be using the site, and what they'll be using it for. You need some idea of what you'd like to draw their attention to during their visit. Overall, you need a strong, cohesive vision for the site that makes it both distinctive and usable.

Information Architecture for the World Wide Web is about applying the principles of architecture and library science to web site design. Each web site is like a public building, available for tourists and regulars alike to breeze through at their leisure. The job of the architect is to set up the framework for the site to make it comfortable and inviting for people to visit, relax in, and perhaps even return to someday.

Most books on web development concentrate either on the aesthetics or the mechanics of the site. This book is about the framework that holds the two together. With this book, you learn how to design web sites and intranets that support growth, management, and ease of use. Special attention is given to:

  • The process behind architecting a large, complex site
  • Web site hierarchy design and organization

Information Architecture for the World Wide Web is for webmasters, designers, and anyone else involved in building a web site. It's for novice web designers who, from the start, want to avoid the traps that result in poorly designed sites. It's for experienced web designers who have already created sites but realize that something "is missing" from their sites and want to improve them. It's for programmers and administrators who are comfortable with HTML, CGI, and Java but want to understand how to organize their web pages into a cohesive site.

The authors are two of the principals of Argus Associates, a web consulting firm. At Argus, they have created information architectures for web sites and intranets of some of the largest companies in the United States, including Chrysler Corporation, Barron's, and Dow Chemical.


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  • Paperback: 224 pages
  • Publisher: O'Reilly Media; 1 edition (11 Feb 1998)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 1565922824
  • ISBN-13: 978-1565922822
  • Product Dimensions: 23.4 x 17.8 x 1.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 574,923 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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In chapter 6 of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web, the authors discuss the details of good search-engine design. In a bitingly humorous segment, they analyse a Web site's search-page results: "Let's say you're interested in knowing what the New Jersey sales tax is ... So you go to the State of New Jersey web site and search on sales tax. The 20 results are scored at either 84% or 82% relevant. Why does each document receive only one of two scores? ... And what the heck makes a document 2% more relevant than another?"

With a swift and convincing stroke, the authors of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web tear down many entrenched ideas about Web design. Flashy animation is cool, they agree, as long as it doesn't irritate the viewer. Nifty clickable icons are nice, but are their meanings universal? Is the search engine providing results that are useful and relevant? This book acts as a mirror and with careful questioning causes the reader to think through all the elements and decisions required for well-crafted Web design. --Jennifer Buckendorff

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It is essential reading for anyone who wants to design a web or intranet site that is easy to manage and expand. -- Major Keary, Book News Feb 2002

The discovery of Information Architecture for the World Wide Web by Rosenfeld and Morville provided the necessary key to put the pieces together. -- Troy Swanson, Internet Reference Services Quarterly, Winter 2001

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5.0 out of 5 stars A great overview of producing great web sites 28 Nov 2001
Format:Paperback
I thought this book was an excellent overview of things to consider when building a web site - things that you need to do before cutting code. I read it when I first started consulting and leading teams on web site projects about two years ago and it really helped get me up to speed quickly.
I especially liked the section on searching - because so many sites seem to do this badly.
Essential reading for anyone involved in web site design, consulting, team leading, the lot!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Generally Excellent, but needs colour 26 Aug 2003
Format:Paperback
This books is probably more useful to those interested in gaining a foothold into the discipline of Information Architecture rather than the casual browser.
That said, it is well written in an easy style, and contains lots of information useful for any level of user.
One beef, and it is major one: COLOUR!!! You MUST print books of this type in colour for the arguments to be effective. It is a primary consideration when organising web sites.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Clear, concise and correct 9 Aug 1999
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Format:Paperback
This introduces IA to the non-IA specialist (your typical WebDeveloper), and goes into sufficient depth and web specifics for librarians, who are used to structuring large quantities of information.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Well written 31 Oct 1999
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Format:Paperback
This is an excellent book giving concise information about IA especially for non IA's. It is an interesting read and it gives you a different stance towards the WWW. A recommended book.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Not a lot of suprises 3 Jan 2001
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Format:Paperback
As a web developer not specialising in IA but with a couple of years experience I can't say this book offered me much I handn't seen before. However it is well written and may be usefull for explaining concepts to beginners or managment folk.
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