Mapping Web sites Paperback – 23 Feb 2001
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Top Customer Reviews
ALL THAT GLITTERS IS NOT GOLD. The book asks the question "Why do we want to map web sites?, However we never really get a clear answer to this question. There are fantastic mapping examples, but does anyone (users or designers) benefit from architectural visualisation, or would index structuring serve us better? After all, the reason traditional maps exist is that there are physical limitations placed on us when navigating geographic space. Whereas when using electronic mediums we have no such limitations.
The book fails to address this key issue; Not HOW we should represent sites graphically, but IF we should do so. And if that technique is appropriate under what circumstances and finally in what manner.
Overall I recommend the book as it has some outstanding examples of the genre and, like it or not, clients love this type of glitzy presentation. So if you are going to be inspired then be inspired by the best.
it deals with the theory behind mapping, the use of mapping in project planning, case studies of web site maps (e.g. 7 generations of the macromedia site map) and data driven site maps.
it's nicely presented in easy to digest bite-sized chunks, so leave it in the toilet and everyone in the office can benefit.
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If you already have a good idea of how you want to organize your website and want to take it to the next level, you need a map that can sequence and structure your ideas in a visual format. Its is one of the best ways to gain insight into the overall user experience, help you optimize your architecture and share it with others (no web skills necessary).
This book is a great tool when it comes to looking at examples that illustrate the best mapping alternative for your particular project. As with all maps, the detailed visual examples are a great way to convey the essence of mapping (yes, it is an art).
I've used the information in this book to build maps that help design efficient sites from scratch and optimize the user experience of highly complex mega-portals.
The only thing missing? A section on software applications that will help you to design maps - I use freehand and illustrator which elevate mapping to art form (great for creating an impact in important pitches). A CD with design clipart would also be a useful resource (symbols, icons, pages, etc.).
I read the book because it was an assigned textbook for a graduate class I took on Information Architecture. The book did get me thinking about site maps and their usefulness or lack thereof. By the time I finished the book, I was less overwhelmed by the artsy style and better able to see the value in the material.
The book offers multiple case studies and examples of site maps, however many of the site maps do not exist on the web sites today.
A precise title would have been "Maps of Websites" as it doesn't offer much in terms of step by step instructions on how to do what the authors point out is "good."
So, it comes the closest out of any web-design manual/showcase to a lucid vision of proper web architecture. . .
all of these ideas, however, are thoroughly covered in organizational and planning manuals.
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