Practical Information Architecture: A Hands-On Approach to Structuring Successful Websites Paperback – 9 Nov 2000
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A step-by-step guide for readers explaining the process of creating an underlying structure for a web site. Topics covered include: Setting and achieving website goals; translating the site's goals into meaningful content; organizing the content so that visitors can find what they're looking for.
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On-line success doesn't happen by accident!
I wrote this book for people who have a direct influence on the content and structure of a website - sites created for their personal use, for their employer, or for a client organization. Although the market abounds with books on HTML programming and graphic design, very little exists to tell people how to create a "flow chart" for their website - one that helps define and arrange the site's content so visitors can quickly and easily find what they're looking for. Although this isn't a particularly glamorous subject, information architecture is often the single most important step in the creation of a successful website.
As far as possible, I've tried to put together a nuts-and-bolts, hands-on guide to the subject. I've been using and refining the techniques I describe since the late 70s and have been involved in the creation of interactive media on a daily basis since the late 80s - from primitive menu-based DOS applications to the latest in glitzy e commerce sites.
It may come as a surprise, but the problems I've faced over the years have not changed very much, even though the individual programs and interfaces have. That's because the issues of information architecture are generic in nature and are thus largely unrelated to technological advances. A simple analogy: safer cars may keep us from getting killed on the highway, but they don't make us better drivers.
I'm not a theoretician. I'm not a programmer. I'm not a hot-shot designer. Rather, I'm a content provider who, like those I'm addressing, has to solve here-and-now problems that are directly related to the usability and ultimate acceptance/success of a website. This book explains how I think and how I work - my tricks of the trade.See all Product description
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This book provides a practical and still-relevant approach to dealing with the IA of any digital experience. Well worth grabbing.
Still, I found the content didn't match my needs at any level. For example, there was little in terms of "wisdom mcnuggets" or information architecture theory that I could apply broadly in my work. Also, Reiss relied too often on the "I know it's obvious but it's still worth mentioning" approach. As a result, I was skimming the later chapters having lost faith that the book had anything new to offer.
My biggest frustration, however, is that the book doesn't seem to cover anything completely. (This is a fault I find with many books.) I need an author to say "I know my topic, and in my opinion, you need to master these six things". Or perhaps "I know my topic, and it's too big to cover in a single book, so I'll focus on what is (in my opinion) the most common and devastating error people make". Instead, I got what seemed to be stream of consciousness writing - whatever appeared in the book was whatever Reiss could think of at the moment. Therefore, the book comes off as a collection of "should do's", most of which are obvious, even for people who are new to building and managing websites.
As for my rating, one star would suggest the book is completely worthless. I'm not prepared to go that far, but I'll give the next worst rating. I suspect that Reiss has valuable things to say, but this book didn't get them across.
About me: I'm neither an expert nor a total novice in this area. I have basic business, technical, and project management skills. If someone has *none* of these skills, maybe they'll think this book is worthwhile.